Dead Neighbours was an early-1980s psychobilly band from Grangemouth, Scotland, originally consisting of Craig Lorentson (vocals), David Steel (bass), Ronnie Buchanan (guitar) , and Grant McDowall (drums). The band was managed by Brian Guthrie, brother of Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, and had recorded an album, Harmony in Hell (1982), that briefly hit the lower regions of the UK independent record charts.
In 1983, Steel left the Dead Neighbours in the middle of recording the band’s second album, Strangedays/Strangeways. Upon learning that Cocteau Twins founding member and bassist Will Heggie had recently departed that band (after a lengthy and reportedly difficult European tour), Guthrie asked Heggie to help Dead Neighbours out in finishing the album’s recording, and join them on a tour opening for Johnny Thunders. Heggie agreed and, after the album was completed and the tour was done, he stayed on and began rehearsing new material with the band. Guthrie noticed that with Heggie, the entire chemistry of the group suddenly changed and they began forging a completely new, atmospheric sound very different from their original Cramps-influenced beginnings. Apparently unhappy with the direction they were clearly aiming for, Buchanan abruptly departed the band. A new guitarist was brought in, Stuart Everest, who adapted quickly to the band’s updated vision. In 1984, the group retired the Dead Neighbours moniker for good and rechristened themselves as Lowlife.
Dead Neighbours - Harmony In Hell (1984)
|A3||Island Of The Living Dead|
|B1||I Can See|
|B4||Sold Your Soul|
Dead Neighbours - Strangedays: Strangeways (1985)
This contains an early version of the great Lowlife track "Coward's Way".
|A1||Wreckage Of Your Mind (4:48)|
|A3||Terror Eyes (2:37)|
|A4||The Survivor (3:02)|
|B1||The Ultimate Goal (3:48)|
|B2||Beauty And The Beast (2:32)|
|B3||Tell Me Why (2:26)|
|B4||The Cowards Way (4:02)|
Dead Neighbours - Wild Women vs. Rubber Fish! (1985)
Big thanks to Earthcub/Sean for providing this rip and completing the discography!
|A1||Ghost Train (3:06)|
|A2||My Desire (2:10)|
|A3||The Room (3:06)|
|A4||Crazy Wolfman (2:35)|
|A5||Island Of The Living Dead (2:51)|
|A6||Crawlin' Viper (2:55)|
|B1||Devils Cry (2:24)|
|B2||Love Bites (1:26)|
|B3||Drive Me Insane (3:09)|
|B4||Too Young (3:32)|
|B5||Beauty And The Beast (2:32)|
|B6||Tell Me Why (2:26)|
|B7||Hells Own (4:03)|