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The Vaselines Audio CD
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Twenty years in the making, the second Vaselines album is here. Behold...

...Sex With An X

THE PAST
Formed in Glasgow in 1987, The Vaselines released two singles and one album, Dum Dum, on the 53rd & 3rd label. Splitting up in 1989 (in the same week their album was released), they might have faded into obscurity but for the intervention of a certain band from Seattle. ... Read more in Amazon's The Vaselines Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035F7
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Son Of A Gun
2. Rory Rides Me Raw
3. You Think You're A Man
4. Dying For It
5. Molly's Lips
6. Teenage Superstars
7. Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
8. Sex Sux (Amen)
9. Slushy
10. Monsterpusssy
11. Bitch
12. No Hope
13. Oliver Twisted
14. The Day I Was A Horse
15. Dum-Dum
16. Hairy
17. Lovecraft
18. Dying For It (The Blues)
19. Let's Get Ugly

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The Vaselines ~ The Way Of The Vaselines-A Comp

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the truest sense of the word! 19 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I found out about the Vaselines because of Nirvana. Their cover of "Son Of A Gun" is, for me at least, the finest cover version ever recorded and the highly catchy melody of it made me think of checking out some of the Vaselines stuff, and here it is.
The Vaselines are a very obscure, cult Scottish band that last for about 3 years from about 1986/87 to 1989. During this period they released 2 singles and an lp called "Dum Dum" on the independent "53 & 3rd" label. Because of Kurt Cobain's love of this band, Sub Pop saw fit to reissue all of their records on 1 disc. In this case, the disc is definitely more than 5" of plastic.
All of the Vaselines songs are either fantastic indie pop ditties, like the Smiths jamming in a shed, or fantastic noisy indie pop ditties, like the Jesus & Mary Chain jamming in a shed. All of the songs are extremely catchy, upbeat and fun in a way that a lot of indie isnt. Frances vocals contrast fantastically with Eugene's and the all of the melodies are very, very catchy (particuarly "Son Of A Gun") with simple lyrics making this a fantastic record to sing a long to.If you have a had a bad day or feeling a bit down, pick a song at random and get singing. They wont depress you or make you feel bad and they are great songs for young children.
All of this said, it does have its rocky moments. "Teenage Superstar" reminded me of Guns N Roses "It's So Easy" just because of the speed of it and "The Day I Was A Horse" is a great upbeat, fun loving indie poppy piece of punk thats a bit like an unhinged Undertones.
This album is immediately accessible, simple, fun and joyous. I think a couple of lines from "Son Of A Gun" sum it up perfectly - "The sun shines in my bedroom when you play, the raining always starts when you go away." Fantastic.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuzzy gem from indie-pop pioneers. 28 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Incorporating most of their classic Dum Dum lp, this is a record about teenage trauma, fantasized sex and bizarre drug experiences all dealt with in a tongue in cheek fashion. Pitched somewhere between the Pooh Sticks and the Jesus and Mary Chain, this is an absolute classic of it's type.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable 12 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
indie rock pioneers the vaselines show how this sort of thing should be done. forget travis, coldplay or any modern pretenders, these guys are head and shoulders above all others. if you're a nirvana fan especially this cd will have some choice gems for you.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's good, don't get me wrong 28 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
i found out about the Vaselines through my Nirvana obsession, because they were one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands. i was surprised to find that this CD was brought out in 1991, as the front cover lead me to believe that it was from perhaps the 1960's or 70's. also kurt cobain liked Leadbelly who was popular in the early 20th century.
this CD is fun and 'kooky' i guess, and i know many people who are die-hard Vaselines fans. The tracks are all quite high-pitched and do get a little screechy, but songs such as 'Son of a Gun', which Nirvana went on to cover, are very good. i haven't purchased any other Vaselines CD's so far, but i would consider it, and i think a compilation of sorts is a good idea to 'test the water'.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm right 4 Jun 2002
By eugene kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this album is great i've got to say that because i was in the vaselines.it was not recorded on a four track machine as someone says elsewhere here. it was recorded in chamber studios in Edinburgh on a 16 track desk onto quality tape.
sorry to be pedantic but i still love this record.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the pixies. 10 Mar 2005
By Joshua R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Life changing? For me yes. Would you dig it? Hard to say .Many people compare the Vaselines to the Pixies but that's missing the point. They sound like bored Scottish teens with overflowing musical ideas and a tremendous urge to get it out as soon as possible. All the songs on this collection are sleazy, simple and beautiful. Oh and there is a Divine cover. What else do you need a shot of whiskey with that steak. Any one know what happened to Francis?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little known classic 13 Jun 2006
By Daniel Maltzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Browsing through the CDs at a local store the other day, I came upon "The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete Anthology" (1992). The name was familiar, if not the music. I had heard of the Vaselines, like a lot of people have, because of course Nirvana has covered a few of their songs on the "Incesticide" (1992) and "MTV Unplugged" (1994) albums. Because (1) Kurt Cobain loved the band and had mentioned them numerous times in various interviews, and (2) the Vaselines are something of indie-pop/rock icons, I decided to check their album out.

I was instantly captivated with just one listen of "The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete Anthology." It's a truly great CD by an underappreciated band that is both instantly addictive and remains enjoyable and intriguing with repeated listens.

Clocking in at slightly less than an hour, there is a surprising amount of diversity to be found on this single disc which encompasses the band's entire body of work. While the Vaselines are sometimes pigeonholed as "indie-pop," their songs range from punk to 60s-esque acoustic/folk, to "indie-pop." At times it sounds as though the band has a strong Donovan influence, but then the album will take a 180 degree turn and show its punk teeth. There is even a little new-wave thrown in the mix with the off-beat "You think you're a man."

The contrasting male/female vocal interplay between singers/founders Eugene Kelly and Frances Mckee works very nicely and is not unlike the style of X, the B-52s, and more recently Lacuna Coil.

Listening to this CD, it's easy to see where Kurt Cobain, Mudhoney, Iron & Wine, and no doubt others found inspiration. While the Vaselines lasted for only a few years (1986-1990) and produced a very small body of work, their talent and influence shouldn't be devalued.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has to be heard to be believed 4 July 1998
By Daniel Clarke (danny_28@yahoo.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the second or third listening of 'The Way of The Vaselines' it is easy to see why Kurt Cobain loved this band so much. From the instantly recognisable crisp recording of Son Of A Gun, to the slowed down masterpiece that is Dying For It (the blues), this album will be sticking in your head for weeks.
I was very cautious in buying this cd as I had never heard of the Vaselines before in my life, but I now realise it was stupid to feel this way as the justification of spending $14 for something I'd never heard comes from listening to the songs. Way of the Vaselines is a top buy and extremely recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, why didn't I hear of them earlier? 15 Aug 2004
By aharon levy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listening to The Vaselines is like getting the history of alternative pop in a blender. Their songs are rough and sweet, loud and soft, toothgrindingly specific and gleefully abstract. The variety recalls nothing so much as that other great, chameleonic, also-ran boy/girl band The Mekons. Touches of blues, folk and electropop peek around the edges of the straight-ahead punky pop, sung and played with abandon, humor, raunch and surprising skill.
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