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