Gel were a late 90s punk pop band from Reading, UK. Similar bands included Ash, Symposium, Midget and Snug. They released one album, a review of which from Drowned in Sound in reprinted below... "In 2000 punk pop quartet Gel record their debut album. Months later they split up, but after much wrangling, 'Sparkly Things' is released and hidden amongst the records, forgotten about by most people, because it’s no longer cool to smile. Frowning is in.