Saturday, January 13, 2007
The Vaselines - The Way Of The...( A Complete History ) ( Sub Pop 1992 )
Representative Complication Of These Semi-Cult Indie Weirdos From Scotland, The Vaselines. Mostly Unrecognised In Their Prime, Became Well-Known To The World After Cobain Presented Them As One Of His Major Influences. Proper Northern Independent Rock n Roll At It's Finest!!!
The Vaselines were an indie rock band from bellshill, Scotland. Formed in 1986, the band was originally made up of only Eugene Kelly and Frances Mc Kcee, but later added James Seenan and Charly Kelly.
The band released two singles, "Son of a Gun" and "Dying for It", prior to releasing an album. In 1989 they released their only album, Dum Dum, on the record label Rough trade. Following the closing of the record label 53rd and 3rd, which they had originally signed to, the band broke up in 1990. However, they reunited later that year to open for Nirvana when they played in Edinburgh.
Though they were not widely known when the band existed, covers of their songs by Nirvana and Kurt Cobain's tendency to mention them as an influence brought exposure to the band. With their songs "Son of a Gun" and "Molly's Lips" covered on Nirvana's album Incesticide and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" covered as "jeses doesn't want me for a sunbeam" onMTV unplugged in New York, the band gained a new audience from people who wanted to discover the bands that influenced Cobain (a similar situation happened to the band The Meat Puppets). Due to this new exposure, in 1992 Sub Pop released The way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History, a compilation that contained The Vaselines' entire body of work on one album.
No longer together, members of the band moved on to new bands. Kelly went on to found the band Captain America (later renamed Eugenius). He currently performs solo. McKee founded the band Suckle and released her first solo album, Sunny Moon, in 2006. (Additional Text: The vaselines/Wikipedia)