The Vaselines are an alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in Glasgow in 1986, the band was originally a duo between its songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, but later added James Seenan and Eugene’s brother Charlie Kelly on bass and drums respectively from the band Secession. McKee had formerly been a member of a band named The Pretty Flowers with Duglas T. Stewart, Norman Blake, Janice McBride and Sean Dickson. Eugene Kelly had formerly played in The Famous Monsters.
The band formed in 1986, and released two short EPs, Son of a Gun, which featured a cover of Divine’s “You Think You’re a Man” on its B-side, and Dying for It, which featured the songs “Molly’s Lips” and “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,” both of which Nirvana would later cover. In 1989 they released their first album, Dum-Dum, on 53rd and 3rd Records. The band broke up shortly after its release. They briefly reformed in 1990 to open for Nirvana when they played in Edinburgh.
Kelly went on to found the band Captain America (later renamed Eugenius after legal threats from Marvel Comics), supporting Nirvana on their UK tour. Following solo performances Kelly released the album Man Alive in 2004. McKee founded the band Suckle and released her first solo album, Sunny Moon, in 2006.
Though they were not widely known outside of Scotland during their short career, their association with Nirvana brought exposure to the band. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once described Kelly and McKee as his “favorite songwriters in the whole world”. With their songs “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips” covered on Nirvana’s album Incesticide and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” covered on MTV Unplugged in New York, the band gained a new audience. At the 1991 Reading Festival, Kelly joined Nirvana on stage for a performance of “Molly’s Lips.” “I’ve never made any money apart from my Nirvana royalties,” Kelly noted. “It was my tiny bit of rock history, but a strange feeling because by then I was striving for recognition with other bands. I still haven’t come to terms with it, although it allowed me to go on playing, and get a mortgage without having a job.”
In 1992, Sub Pop released The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History, a compilation that contained The Vaselines’ entire body of work.
A few short weeks after the announcement of their new album, The Vaselines share an acoustic performance of their first single, “One Lost Year”. You can Watch below. The video, which was recorded in Glasgow at Mogwai’s Castle of Doom studio (where V,Read More
The Vaselines have announced details of the release of a new album. V For Vaselines will be released through Rosary Music on October 7th in North America. Self-produced and recorded in their native Glasgow,Read More