The Vaselines

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1986, the Vaselines initially comprised Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee. The duo completed two singles, ‘Son Of A Gun’ and ‘Dying For It’, which balanced Kelly’s abrasive guitar work with his partner’s more melancholic style. McKee’s quirky intonation was particularly evident on the b-side of the latter, ‘Molly’s Lips’, a song later adopted by US band Nirvana, who maintained an affection for the Vaselines’ work. James Seenan (bass) and Charles Kelly (drums) joined the pair for Dum Dum, which emphasized the group’s irascible fascination with matters carnal, evident on titles such as ‘Sex Sux (Amen)’ and ‘Monster Pussy’. Shop Assistants guitarist David Keegan augmented the Vaselines prior to their demise in 1987, after which Kelly briefly joined the Pastels before founding Captain America (later Eugenius) with Seenan.

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