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Simon Price reviews Olympian by Gene, 11th March 1995.

Final part of the Gene trilogy. Posted this more because of the contrasting ‘importance’ implicit in the treatment Gene get here (full page colour review by Price) compared to Jennifer Nine’s review of The Bends by Radiohead (black and white, shared review etc.)

And this despite the fact that using MM’s own clumsy star rating Gene comes out as just ‘Recommended’ compared to Radiohead’s ‘Bloody Essential’

I don’t know if this simply testament to the fact that Radiohead weren’t that important back then or if it’s proof of some MM or record company agenda to break Gene.

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Taylor Parkes and Everett True interview Gene - part 1, 25th February 1995

Taylor Parkes and Everett True interview Gene - part 2, 25th February 1995

Taylor Parkes and Everett True interview Gene, 25th February 1995. Photo by Pat Pope.

Were Gene were any good or not? Were they a Rymans league version of The Smiths? Who cares when the always readable Taylor Parkes is ranting.

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Gene on the cover of Melody Maker, 25th February 1995

Gene on the cover of Melody Maker, 25th February 1995. Photo by Pat Pope.

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Taylor Parkes reviews The Smiths re-issues 25th February 1995

This is absolutely fucking brilliant. I too was one of the doomed and this was my mantra.

Well I wonder
Do you hear me when you sleep ?
I hoarsely cry
Oh …

And in a lovely piece of irony, the cover stars referred to who “will never mean that much” have an advert placed directly under the review. By accident or design?

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