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.

The Vaselines Announce North American Tour, starting 1/14 in Washington, DC

The Vaselines Announce North American Tour

The Vaselines announce a two-week North American tour kicking off in Washington DC on January 14th. The tour hits northern cities on the east coast before heading to Montreal, Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. The band then heads west with shows in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and wrapping up in Los Angeles on January 28th. Complete tour dates:

Read More
The Vaselines Share New Single "High Tide Low Tide" from their forthcoming album 'V For Vaselines' which gets released on October 7th via Rosary Music

The Vaselines Share Song “High Tide Low Tide”

“Hide Tide Low Tide” which is the opening track from their forthcoming new album, V For Vaselines, will be released on 7” and digitally and features a non-album track, “Cardinal Sin”. “This song was inspired by cycling along the River Clyde. Your love is on,

Read More