Enter the Vaselines [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Kurt Cobain made plenty of mistakes in his life, but loving the Vaselines was not among them. Nirvana covered three of their songs, and as Kurt might tell you if he were alive today, from 1986 to 1989 the Vaselines were the best pop band around. Sub Pop was smart enough to cash in on the Nirvana connection, and in 1992 released the career retrospective The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History. From the stomping, singalong opener "Son of a Gun" to the distorted and nasty "Let's Get Ugly" 17 tracks later, this collection was the Holy Grail of indie pop. In 2009, hot off of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee's reunion and appearance at Sub Pop's 20th anniversary bash, the label...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Kurt Cobain made plenty of mistakes in his life, but loving the Vaselines was not among them. Nirvana covered three of their songs, and as Kurt might tell you if he were alive today, from 1986 to 1989 the Vaselines were the best pop band around. Sub Pop was smart enough to cash in on the Nirvana connection, and in 1992 released the career retrospective The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History. From the stomping, singalong opener "Son of a Gun" to the distorted and nasty "Let's Get Ugly" 17 tracks later, this collection was the Holy Grail of indie pop. In 2009, hot off of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee's reunion and appearance at Sub Pop's 20th anniversary bash, the label remastered the studio recordings, added a second disc of demos and live performances, and retitled the whole thing Enter the Vaselines. The Vaselines' music is unfailingly amateurish, almost completely silly, occasionally quite perverted, and always about sex. It has the simplicity and ear-grabbing melodies of the best bubblegum, the loud and semi-competent guitars of punk, and some of the attitude and lo-fi sound of their noise rock contemporaries like the Jesus and Mary Chain. They also had a charmingly unschooled vocal approach Kelly sounding cool and tough, McKee sweet as pie with a fleeting acquaintance to pitch but tons of humor, attitude, and style. Throw in a bunch of religion and add brilliantly simple choruses that will have you singing along the first time you hear the songs as well as the thousandth, and you've got genius. This brilliance shines brightest on the band's first two EPs, which were recorded by Stephen Pastel and contain the songs the group was best known for, like "Molly's Lips," "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," and "Son of a Gun." The full-length album Dum-Dum, recorded without Pastel's guidance and with a bulked-up, rockier sound, is still quite amazing and features some timelessly cool songs like "Sex Sux Amen," which includes the immortal line "Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost/I'm the Sacred Host with the most," the rip-roaring "Monsterpussy," and the hilarious "The Day I Was a Horse." Taken together, the band's official output is brainy, funny, sexy, catchy pop music at its best. So if the first disc of Enter the Vaselines is absolutely essential, the bonus disc is for fanatics only. The demos for "Son of a Gun" and unrecorded songs "Rosary Job" and "Red Poppy" are interesting from a historical perspective but not very listenable, as the duo hadn't really put its sound together yet. The live set from December of 1986 three months before the first EP was recorded is a sloppy, stiff performance with Kelly and McKee backed by a drum machine and fighting to be heard above the din of the unimpressed crowd. Much better is the live set from 1988 with a full band playing songs from the EPs and Dum-Dum and a cover of Gary Glitter's "I Didn't Know I Loved You ['Til I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll]" in front of a semi-enthusiastic crowd. They still sound raw and amateurish but also like they are having much more fun. Kelly, McKee, and Pastel also seem to have had fun when they sat down for the chat about the history of the band that is a part of the set's beautiful packaging. Credit Sub Pop for putting tons of effort into the release of Enter the Vaselines and treating the band and the music with the respect they deserve. For a short period of time, there was nothing like them on Earth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787081022
  • Catalog Number: 70810
  • Sales rank: 51,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Son of a Gun (3:45)
  2. 2 Rory Rides Me Raw (2:26)
  3. 3 You Think You're a Man (5:40)
  4. 4 Dying for It (2:21)
  5. 5 Molly's Lips (1:44)
  6. 6 Teenage Superstars (3:27)
  7. 7 Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (3:30)
  8. 8 Sex Sux (Amen) (3:10)
  9. 9 Slushy (1:56)
  10. 10 Monsterpussy (1:42)
  11. 11 Bitch (2:37)
  12. 12 No Hope (3:16)
  13. 13 Oliver Twisted (2:49)
  14. 14 The Day I Was a Horse (1:28)
  15. 15 Dum-Dum (1:57)
  16. 16 Hairy (1:46)
  17. 17 Lovecraft (5:37)
  18. 18 Dying for It (The Blues) (3:04)
  19. 19 Let's Get Ugly (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Son of a Gun (2:29)
  2. 2 Rosary Job (3:01)
  3. 3 Red Poppy (2:12)
  4. 4 Son of a Gun (3:58)
  5. 5 Rosary Job (3:23)
  6. 6 Red Poppy (2:10)
  7. 7 Rory Rides Me Raw (3:06)
  8. 8 You Think You're a Man (1:48)
  9. 9 Dying for It (2:12)
  10. 10 Monsterpussy (1:58)
  11. 11 Let's Get Ugly (3:03)
  12. 12 Molly's Lips (2:14)
  13. 13 The Day I Was a Horse (2:37)
  14. 14 The Day I Was a Horse (Again) (2:50)
  15. 15 Sex Sux (Amen) (4:14)
  16. 16 I Didn't Know I Loved You ('Til I Saw You Rock 'N' Roll) (3:25)
  17. 17 Teenage Superstars (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Vaselines Primary Artist
David Keegan Guitar
Charles Kelly Drums
Stephen Pastel wah wah guitar
Sophie Pragnell Viola
James Seenan Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Jamie Watson Slide Guitar
Eugene Kelly Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Frances McKee Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Annabel Wright Keyboards
James Seenan Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Gary Glitter Composer
Mike Leander Composer
The Vaselines Audio Production
Keith Miller Composer
Ian Beveridge Engineer
Geoffrey Deane Composer
Peter Haigh Engineer
Stephen Pastel Producer, Audio Production
Gordon Rintoul Engineer
Jamie Watson Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
Steve Rooke Remastering
Everett True Liner Notes
Eugene Kelly Composer, Author
Frances McKee Composer, Author
Annabel Wright Illustrations
Stephen McRobbie Liner Notes
Streator Johnson Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    No Vaseslines, No Nirvana

    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.

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