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.