Staff Picks

Enter the Vaselines (CD)

June 13, 2012

For fans of : Nirvana and The Raincoats.

The Vaselines wrote songs so sloppy and catchy and funny that they sound like complete accidents even after you’ve heard them 50 times—and they’re enticing enough to play that often. Enter The Vaselines is essentially the twee Scottish group’s entire discography twice over: 19 tracks recorded 1987-89 (previously included on The Way Of The Vaselines, which Sub Pop originally issued in 1992) plus a second disc of unreleased demos.

 

But the original sound of The Way has been greatly cleaned up here, and a few songs’ endings have been elongated slightly. Of course, The Vaselines’ then-couple leaders, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, wrote and/or sang several songs that Nirvana would cover: the rope-skipping “Son Of A Gun,” the cheeky crush anthem “Molly’s Lips,” a sunny, ramshackle run-through of “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam.” But those are just the ones you know; the one you should begin with is the gleefully funny electro remake of Divine’s “You Think You’re A Man.”