Olympian

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

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3 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

  3. Agreed. Bloody love a bit of Gene, me. Always thought the Smiths comparisons were just lazy journos. “Oh, the lead singer is quite articulate and the have an (occasionally) jangly guitar? Well, you know who else had those two things…”. The Ken Livingstone of indie reviews. Anyway: the whole of the Olympian album is marvellous, as is the follow-up, Drawn to the Deep End. And like FoRW I saw them live, many times, and they never disappointed – including the occasion when “Merton” Mick Talbot of Style Council fame popped up on keys once.

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