Friday, 1 February 2013

This Is Pop - Show 001 - February 01st 2013 - Martin Newell & The Cleaners From Venus

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Basically, he's a pop poet and rock musician. The genius behind the wonderful 'Cleaners From Venus' and the man responsible for creating some of the best British pop songs you've probably never heard. But it's a little more complicated than that. He'll tell you that he doesn't have a career though - just a series of jobs and engagements which take together have added up to some sort of a living this past few decades. He plays various guitars, bass, keyboards, mandolin and he can sing. He makes rather English-sounding pop records, he writes poems and articles in national newspapers. He does spoken word performances and less-frequently, live music gigs. He occasionally presents TV programmes. He has been on national radio quite a bit over the years. He has a number of books and records out. He doesn't have management, an agent or anyone 'looking after' him. Mostly, he works. Mostly, it's writing, and most of you, should probably know about him.