Classic Album: Gene - Olympian (1995)
In my opinion, and i'm sure in the opinion of many of their fans, Gene were treated very unfairly by the UK press. History will forever class them as talentless Smiths-wannabes, and yet even a cursory listen to much of their back catalogue will reveal a much wider set of influences and a songwriting talent that will no doubt remain seriously underrated for a very long time. Now thats not to deny the influence of Morrissey, which is immediately obvious on first listen (and from that album cover!), and maybe i'm too much of a Smiths fan not to enjoy anything that reminds me of them, but I think that the Smiths are far better a band to be influenced by than say, Oasis, or Slade, or Blur. So there.
Olympian was Gene's debut album, and came out in 1995, reaching number 8 in the UK album charts. The following four songs were all singles from the record, the most successful of which was the album's title track (and quite rightfully so). More info on Gene at Wikipedia.
Gene - Haunted By You
Gene - Still Can't Find The Phone
Gene - Olympian
Gene - Sleep Well Tonight