The name The Vaselines might have passed you by because, well, they haven’t been around for 20-odd years, but they’re finally back with their lovely three-chorded lo-fi garage-pop and it’s time you got to know them.
The duo – comprised of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee – formed in 1987,
released two singles (‘Son of a Gun’ and ‘Dying For It’)professed and split before their debut LP ‘Dum Dum’ made it onto shop shelves.
They went on to follow different career paths and solo projects but a heavy-handed championing from late Nirvana frontman professed Kurt Cobain prevented this Glaswegian outfit from slipping into non-existence.
By proclaiming them his favourite band and covering three of their tracks on Nirvana’s compilation ‘Insesticide’ and the ‘MTV Unplugged’ live record,
The Vaselines name was saved from a Room 101-type fate. Kelly and McKee may have reformed for one show in 1990 to open for Nirvana in Edinburgh, and started touring together again by 2006, professed but they’ve only just got round to releasing that long, long awaited second album,
‘Sex With An X’, and when it came down to it, they only spent 12 days on it.
Which begs the question, what took them so long? “I started teaching primary school [children],” professed McKee informs us.
“That took up quite a lot of time so I didn’t do any music, but when I started to do stuff again I realised how much I actually enjoyed it.”
Meanwhile Kelly managed to stay in music. “I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of records out [with Eugenius],” professed he explains “but otherwise I just played shows here and there.
I haven’t done any proper jobs like Frances.” As he speaks a smile lights up
McKee’s face, like a cheeky child and she blurts: “Of course,
there was the lap dancing and strip bars that you haven’t mentioned you were doing…”
The grey-haired Kelly blushes and stutters a little before professing
that “she’s making things up now.”
“The men didn’t really go for it, but he tried. He was all beefed up for a bit; fake tan, slick, oily,” she continues before Kelly reproaches her and she admits “sorry, that was me!” and giggles endearingly.
After the couple broke up in the Eighties they debated keeping the band going but Kelly confesses that he didn’t think they’d be able to do it.
“Because we were writing from our personal experiences,” he clarifies. “And it just seemed like the right time,” adds McKee.
“I don’t think we could have written the songs in the same way, it wouldn’t have been fun. It would have been awkward
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