NEWTOWN NEUROTICS: The Punk Collection: CD

For every band that hit the big time after the initial couple of waves of English punk, there were more than a few that, sadly, didn’t. Newtown Neurotics were one of them. An amazing band with hooks coming out of the woodwork and political conviction oozing from every song. These guys didn’t write mere songs; they wrote bonafied anthems meant to be shouted from the tops of the terraces to wake up a sleeping population oblivious to the world crumbling around it. Sonically, they were the stepchildren of the Ramones and first cousins to Stiff Little Fingers, whose Irish punk-cum-reggae mirrors the sounds here. Time has not been good to this fine band’s good name and it’s a safe bet that most newer punks (and a bunch of older ones as well) will have no clue as to how great this band was. Hopefully, this release will change that. An essential collection of tracks from an essential band.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)