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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1986 – 1990, 2008 – present)

The Vaselines are an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 1986, the band was originally made up of only vocalists/guitarists Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, but later added James Seenan and Eugene’s brother Charlie Kelly on bass and drums respectively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 (later of BMX Bandits), Norman Blake (later of Teenage Fanclub) and Sean Dickson (later of The Soup Dragons). Eugene had formerly played in The Famous Monsters.

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once described Kelly and McKee as his “most favorite songwriters in the whole world”.

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 “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).

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  • juliacfonseca

    What a ridiculous comparison, different sounds, each with it's importance...and maybe a few people don't would know them without him...thanks Cobain for show me this band! :)

    24 Aug 9:56pm Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    haha lol these comments over here

    19 Aug 12:45am Reply
  • lulugila

    swingswingsss

    1 May 7:43am Reply
  • wetdani

    I think 90% of people who hear the vaselines is because of nirvana

    15 Apr 7:49pm Reply
  • sdualc_

    and they still got it!

    31 Mar 3:18pm Reply
  • sdualc_

    so happy to see that the vaselines has released a new album, i didn't know that!

    31 Mar 2:51pm Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    Nirvana > Vaselines.

    19 Mar 8:22pm Reply
  • Ozric94

    Vaselines>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nirvana

    6 Mar 5:19pm Reply
  • Giygaszor

    Shut up

    4 Mar 7:10pm Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Vaselines>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nirvana

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    Vaselines >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Nirvana

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • RobertoPaiva

    great job using some shit translator, belocanto.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • obsessed_nl

    I want to make a photo series of the faces of Nirvana fans when they hear the original version of Son of a Gun for the first time

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • eatmangos

    @belocanto cara tá na biografia dele, os vaselines eram a banda favorita do kurt, ele disse isso milhões de vezes.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sandeepnirvana

    one of the best bands that ever existed [3]

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    the sun shines in the bedroom when you play

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Kurt_Cobain321

    one of the best bands that ever existed [2]

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • madeira_sensei

    xD

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    one of the best bands that ever existed

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • flowersonthewal

    inspired by the vaselines!!! :) so lovely http://ryanfrailich.bandcamp.com/track/you-fell-into-my-grave

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
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