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An I ntroduction to the Brotherhood
by Paul Wilkinson
I n case you didn't know, these are the facts. The Brotherhood Of Lizards were Martin Newell and Peter 'Nelson' Nice. They formed the Lizards in 1988 after The Cleaners From Venus disbanded. They made two records and a single. The first was The Brotherhood Of Lizards which was a cassette recorded and distributed in much the same way as the old Cleaners tapes. Then, with a small budget from Captain Sensible's Deltic Records label, they recorded Lizardland which had a proper release on LP and later on CD.
I've always been particularly fond of the Lizards' works . I think they are amongst Martin's very best works. The songs are all top notch and they haven't aged badly at all. This is due largely to the acoustic nature of the recordings. The songs sound, as they should, highly buskable. Somehow though the Lizards seem to have slipped (slithered?) through the cracks a bit and aren't mentioned as much as perhaps they should be. Currently Lizardland is out of print (though it isn't too hard to get hold of if you are determined enough.) So I badgered Martin to spill the beanfeast on the whole thing. He was incredibly cooperative and you'll find in these pages pretty much all you'll ever need to know about the phenomenon that was The Brotherhood of Lizards and the Green Tour of 89/90.
I'd like to thank Nelson too, for materials and info he kindly and generously supplied at an earlier date.
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