Saturday, March 09, 2013
SATURDAY'S SCOTTISH SINGLE (Part 53)
I hadn't forgotten about this long-running series....just wanted to give it a wee rest.
Decided though to come back with a re-post of something which appeared on the blog back in December 2009.
"Until this came up on random shuffle on the i-pod the other day, I had half-forgotten all about this great wee single. It's one I have on CD, but as it isn't in a plastic case, it sits on a shelf with loads of other similarly packaged singles in a random order, difficult for the naked eye to pick up when glancing over things.
Geneva were formed in the early 90s in Aberdeen, Scotland, and almost from nowhere were signed to Nude Records, which at the time was one of the best-known labels in the UK thanks to it being home to Suede. This is the debut single which reached #32 in the UK charts back in October 1996. A couple of subsequent singles went Top 30, while debut LP Further went Top 20 in the Summer of 1997.
It would be another two years before Geneva got their second LP out to the public, but it, and the two accompanying singles flopped, and the band broke-up in mid 2000. Coming along at the arse-end of Britpop, the band might just have been in the right place at the right time to get the record deal, but they deserved it on the basis of this song alone. If the arrangements on the single remind anyone of the Everything Must Go era of Manic Street Preachers, then you won't be surprised to hear that Mike Hedges was in the producer's chair:-
mp3 : Geneva - No One Speaks
mp3 : Geneva - Closer To The Stars
mp3 : Geneva - Keep The Light On