Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, and I will get around to doing a load more posts at some point, probably. But just to assure (or dismay) you that I’m still alive, here’s a single I’ve had in the queue for a while and never got around to sharing.

They’ve got a bit more praise since they’ve split up, but I always thought Gene were one of the more underrated bands associated with the Britpop scene. They always got dismissed as Smiths copyists, which seemed a bit unfair. So sometimes they sounded a bit like The Smiths – is that a bad thing? Anyway, this is the title track from their debut album, but re-recorded for the single release. I think they just about get away with the repetition of the chorus, but even if you find it a bit grating, the B-sides are pretty fabulous too. I had the cassette single at the time and played it way too much, probably – actually, I probably still have it somewhere! “Don’t Let Me Down” is a Beatles cover, and the one song that wasn’t on the cassette. It’s… less essential than the other tracks.

Link: Gene – Olympian (password: salad)

1. Olympian
2. I Can’t Decide If She Really Loves Me
3. To See The Lights
4. Don’t Let Me Down


2 responses

  1. Love, love, love Gene.

    More on them, and the Smiths copyist debate, here: https://newamusements.blogspot.com/2014/03/this-is-as-good-as-it-gets.html

  2. Friend of Rachel Worth | Reply

    Always though their guitar player was fantatic – saw them live once and they were excellent

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