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Conventional wisdom dictates that the Vaselines} might have been relegated to footnote status were it not for Nirvana}'s Kurt Cobain}, who regularly cited the little-known Scottish quartet's influence in interviews with the music press. Cobain}'s gospel}-spreading no doubt accelerated their rise to cult sainthood, but truth be told, the Vaselines} would have gotten there sooner or later on their own accord -- lewd but naïve and abrasive yet tender, the band's shambling, primitivist squall remains a perfect distillation of pop} at its most guileless and euphoric. The group was formed in Edinburgh in 1987 by singers/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 Stephan Pastel}'s newly formed 53rd and 3rd} label, the Vaselines}' first-ever studio session 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 and 3rd} proved fatal to the Vaselines} as well, however, and the group dissolved the same week their 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 performing "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam"} on their now-legendary MTV Unplugged} appearance. Renewed interest in the band resulted in the 1992 Sub Pop} release of The Way of the Vaselines}, an assemblage of all 19 of their official recordings. Eugene Kelly} later went on to front Captain America} (subsequently and rather unfortunately renamed Eugenius}), while McKee} spent the better part of the decade out of sight before finally resurfacing in Suckle}. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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