The Vaselines for a Hump Day. Originally a duo from Glasgow starting in 1986, The Vaselines pretty much stayed known around Scotland. That is, until Nirvana happened across them, and all that changed. They had broken up in 1989, and then reunited just in time to open for Nirvana during their tour of Scotland. The Vaselines were often quoted by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain as his “favorite songwriters in the whole world”.
An with that high praise, they were signed to Nirvana’s label SubPop, where they issued a compilation of all their material. Called The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History. It was the kind of introduction the band needed to expand their fan base into North America.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough to keep the duo together and both Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee went off to pursue other projects. Kelly off to form Captain America (a name which ran afoul of Marvel Comics and had to rechristen themselves Eugenius. McKee went off to form Suckle before embarking on a solo career in 2006.
A brief reunion in 2006 as a way to promote both of their solo projects, but which found them performing Vaseline songs for the first time since 1990. And nothing more until 2008 when they reunited again to do a charity show for The Malawi Orphan Support Group. This time the reunion stuck and they did their first tour of the U.S. which included Hoboken New Jersey and performed at SubPop’s 20th anniversary show at Marymoor Park outside of Seattle. 2009 saw the band performing at the London Forum for the first time in 20 years to a sold-out audience.
This performance ties in with the release of their 2010 album, Sex With An X, on SubPop. They have since gone on to release a third album, V For Vaselines for Rotary Music. Their last show was in 2014 at The Roxy in West Hollywood, and no word on what they are up to now.
So if you missed them the first time, or the second time, you can pick up where they left off for the third time and get caught up.