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Gen And The Degenerates Unveil Their “BIG HIT SINGLE”

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The last few years have seen Gen And The Degenerates grow and grow. A band built on the foundations of UK punk, but with all of the scope and savageness that the modern world inspires. They’re one of the finest bands making their way around the underground circuit right now. Incredible single upon incredible single, they have now set to put out the biggest of them all. Because if you’re going to call a song “BIG HIT SINGLE“, it has to be good.

And you better believe that it is amazing. But it serves as more of a tongue-in-cheek dig at their record label. Asking them to “write another track like the song that did well”, the band put together this piece of post-punk comedy. It’s delivered with a smirk with lyrics that poke fun at all of the successes that come with having a hit. Yet they still manage to make it all intricately dense and brilliantly incendiary. It’s fun in all the right ways and will absolutely be stuck in your head immediately.

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Vocalist Genevieve Glynn-Reeves had this to say about it all:

“If you want the highbrow answer, then BIG HIT SINGLE is about the experience of creating art under late capitalism. If you want the lowbrow –and slightly more honest– answer, then BIG HIT SINGLE is me trying to wind up our label.”

“They’d made quite a reasonable request…‘Please can you write more songs like the song that did well and stop experimenting with every genre under the sun in a completely chaotic and hedonistic manner?’ Unfortunately, I have issues with authority… My parents often regale me with the tale of my Year 4 parent’s evening, in which my teacher described me as ‘too wild, in the bohemian sense.’

“If Mrs Baker couldn’t get me to behave, then what chance did Marshall Records have? Luckily, they have a good sense of humour over at Marshall.”


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