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The Neat

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The Neat was an early 1980s North County new wave band whose classic lineup featured founder Neil Bergen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Dan Brewer on guitar and backup vocals, Marcus Discartin on drums and backup vocals, and Paul Mukomela on bass (later replaced by Nugirl bassist Anthony Downey). Other early members included Robert Munger on drums and Bobby Blesser on lead guitar

"During my time with the Neat, I was able to negotiate a weekly gig in Tijuana, Mexico at a club called Mike's Bar," Downey told the Reader. "Every Wednesday night was college night in Tijuana and we would pack the club full every week and were paid very well by the club owner, who I personally knew."

"We were the hippest, most sought after high school band at the time," recalls manager Ken Harrison. "Girls attacked the van when they arrived to play a school dance."

Their music appeared on the 1984 91X Local Heroes album, and the band performed on local TV shows like Pacific Videos and Club 33. After the band split, Downey went on to build a recording studio in his garage in the early 1990s, before working as an accounts executive and billing agent for Chula Vista medical billing company United International Health Net.

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Wow! Great to see this. I managed the first The Neat (1981?); Robert Munger on drums, Bobby Blesser lead guitar, Neal Bergen rhythm and lead singer, and Paul Mucamela (sp?) on bass. We were the hippest, most sought after high school band at the time. Girls attacked the van when they arrived to play a school dance. Thanks for posting!

Oct. 18, 2019

Hi Ken, Those were some great memories. Cool video. My friend told me about this. Neil Bergen

April 1, 2020

My 21 year old son said, "Dad, that video is awesome. You guys really had energy".

April 3, 2020

Hey Neil. Love the video/song. Also was able to track down "In a Daydream" on the 91X compilation. But do you have any other recordings? Would love to hear more songs from The Neat!

April 3, 2021

Rodani, I have a 5 song EP on vinyl somewhere and some cassette tapes.

June 3, 2021

Hey Neil! Found this page and saw your comment. This is Debbie; I was Candy's friend. :-) I have a news article and other memorabilia about you all from back in the day.

June 2, 2021

Hey Debbie, that's cool that you saved those things.

June 3, 2021

Thanks Neil! Hope all is well with you. If you would like them, I would be more than happy to send them to you. Or if you prefer "digital," I can send you those instead. Definitely flashbacks for sure. :-)

June 6, 2021

Ken, Paul Mukomela.

June 2, 2021

Ken, I have an old calendar page with your company listed on the top.

June 2, 2021
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June 7, 2021

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