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The Vaselines

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The Vaselines was an indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Formed in 1986, the band was originally made up of only Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, but later added James Seenan and Charly Kelly.

The band released two singles, "Son of a Gun" and "Dying for It", previous 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 for a short time a year later to open for Nirvana when they were playing 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 "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" on MTV 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. Eugene Kelly went on to found the band Captain America (later renamed Eugenius) and Frances McKee founded the band Suckle. Eugene Kelly currently performs solo.

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Members

  • Eugene Kelly - vocals, guitar
  • Frances McKee - vocals, guitar
  • James Seenan - bass
  • Charly Kelly - drums

Discography

Year Title Label
1989 Dum Dum Rough Trade
1992 The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History Sub Pop

References

  • Ankeny, Jason. "The Vaselines (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDMISS70405021924061999&sql=Bfq5g8qxtbtz4)". All Music Guide. Retrieved May 2, 2004.

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