The Vaselines were formed in Edinburgh in 1987 by singer/guitarists Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, who were later joined by Kelly’s brother Charles on drums and James Seenan on bass.
Soon signing to Pastels frontman Stephen Pastel’s newly formed 53rd & 3rd label, the Vaselines embarked on their first-ever studio session, which yielded their debut single, 1987’s fantastic “Son of a Gun.” The follow-up, “Dying for It,” appeared a year later, with the inclusion of viola player Sophie Pragnell plainly acknowledging the band’s debt to the Velvet Underground. The demise of 53rd & 3rd proved fatal to the Vaselines as well, however, and the group dissolved the same week its lone studio LP, 1989’s Dum-Dum, was released via Rough Trade, although the following year the original lineup briefly reunited to open for Nirvana in Edinburgh.
Nirvana would go on to cover the Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun” (both later compiled on their Incesticide collection) as well as perform “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” on their legendary MTV Unplugged appearance.
Playing: Friday 19th July