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|The Vaselines||Primary Artist|
|Stephen Pastel||wah wah guitar|
|James Seenan||Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member|
|Jamie Watson||Slide Guitar|
|Eugene Kelly||Guitar, Vocals, Group Member|
|Frances McKee||Guitar, Vocals, Group Member|
|James Seenan||Bass Guitar|
|The Vaselines||Audio Production|
|Stephen Pastel||Producer, Audio Production|
|Jamie Watson||Producer, Remixing, Audio Production|
|Everett True||Liner Notes|
|Eugene Kelly||Composer, Author|
|Frances McKee||Composer, Author|
|Stephen McRobbie||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
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In his all-too-brief lifetime, Kurt Cobain often exclaimed about how great The Vaselines were, even though hardly anybody in America had ever heard of the Scottish band. Yet, when his band Nirvana became megastars, he often sang Vaselines songs like "Molly's Lips", "Son Of A Gun" and most famously, "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam".
The Vaselines were just two Scottish singer-songwriters, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee. Their music was rooted in the DIY spirit of early alternative music in the mid-1980's. However, their music was also the bridge between the noise rock of The Jesus And Mary Chain as well as power pop bands (pick one!). In other words, it was noisy pop that you could actually sing along with. Their music always had a childlike playfulness about it, even when they turned Divine's disco song, "You Think You're A Man", into a simplistic dance rock tune.
They were together only long enough to do two EPs, "Son Of A Gun" and "Dying For It", and just one full-length album, "Dum Dum". By the time The Vaselines broke up, grunge rock was exploding all over the place. For those who don't know anything about The Vaselines, you may want to check out "Enter The Vaslines", which not only contains those EPs and "Dum Dum" but also some demos and two live concerts recordings.
The studio material is great. The live recordings are less than so, mostly because of their poor audio quality. However, they manage to do not one but two versions of "The Day I Was A Horse" and a very good cover of "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)". Still, the demos and the live sets are strictly for the diehard fans.
Kelly and McKee recently got back together to celebrate SubPop Records' 20th anniversary and they sound just as good today as they did then. If you want to find out why Kurt was so giddy about The Vaselines, by all means, check this out.
Posted July 10, 2009
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