47 Olympian by Gene 1995
I know it is lazy but Gene certainly didn't help themselves with the Smiths comparisons. As well as Morrissey's early patronage (usually a kiss of death) , guitar driven , songs about death , a slight vocal wail , distinctive and consistent style of early single sleeve , and non album b sides that could have been a sides.
However there was much more to Gene than Smiths wannabees, and they had soon built up a dedicated following (largely driven by sparkling live shows ) that meant singles would crash into the lower reaches of the top 40 and then disappear a week later.
Maybe not their best lp , but the one that I like the most , just because having already got the 2 early singles when it came out it had that sense of being part of the discovery rather than a band owned by everybody.
Death weaves in and out of every song be it the straight forward pop of Haunted by you or in Sleep Well Tonight which if I was to play one song to say what the Gene sound was all about then it may well be this
What really stands out on the rest of the lp is the intricate guitar work of Steve Mason , whether on the almost chipper Can't Find the Phone or the majestic title track
Still Can't Find the Phone - Gene
Olympian track is a truly majestic bit of music showing an ambition way ahead of the run of the mill Britpop bands. Here is the lp version rather than the butchered track that was released as a single
Olympian - Gene
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