NuGenes (1988)

by Nu-Genes

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NuGenes grew from the nucleus of idiosyncratic Sydney pop/rock group, Fifth Business- in effect a name change on signing to Giant Records, a subsidiary of Alberts run by producer Peter Dawkins (Matt Finish, Mi-Sex etc). The band released one single, a lovely ballad penned by Jodi Phillis which , accompanied by a striking video clip, was a hit regionally but fell foul of late ‘80’s “Farnsey & Barnsey” FM radio programming in Sydney. A follow-up single was aired in the wee small hours on an Olympic Telethon complete with new rhythm section, but in truth the song sucked big time & will never see the light of day (Mark nods in agreement & he should know ‘cos he co-wrote it). NuGenes imploded in true rock’n’roll fashion (but with less drugs) in late 1988 as the band split into 2 camps over the familiar cry of “musical differences”. Jodi went on to form the semi-legendary Clouds & these days works in the company of partner, Tim Oxley as Roger Loves Betty; Mark returned to his roots via the “folk/pop/rock’n’roll” (thanks Stuart Coupe) of Fingerpop & Thieves & currently the Dead Setters.


released October 1, 1988

Produced by NuGenes & Peter Dawkins
Recorded at Alberts by Col Freeman
All songs written by Mark Lucas except 3, 4,& 7. by Jodi Phillis

Original art by Jodi Phillis

Mark Lucas – vocals, guitar
Peter West - bass, vocals
Gary Meyers - keyboards & harmony vocals
Tony Robinson - vocals, keyboards
Peter Garrety - sax, harmony vocals
Jodi Phillis - vocals, bass
Sonny Costin - drums



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Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In singer-songwriter Mark Lucas' word picture world you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell. ... more

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