The Vaselines Dum Dum

Glass Modern
9th August 2022

Format Info

LP - Milky Clear

Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee formed The Vaselines in 1986, they later added James Seenan and Eugene’s brother Charlie Kelly on bass and drums respectively. In 1989 they released their first album, Dum-Dum on 53rd and 3rd Records, the band breaking up shortly after it’s release. They briefly reformed in 1990 to open for Nirvana when they played in Edinburgh. Though they were not widely known outside Scotland during their short career, their association with Nirvana brought exposure to the band. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once described Kelly and McKee as his “favourite songwriters in the whole world”. With their tracks “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips” covered on Nirvana’s album Incesticide and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” covered on MTV Unplugged in New York, the band gained a new audience. At the 1991 Reading Festival, Kelly joined Nirvana on stage for a performance of “Molly’s Lips”. This exceptional album was released, by special arrangement with Sub Pop Records, for Record Store Day 2018. Due to popular demand, it has been re-pressed for its final run of 1000 copies, making it ever more collectible.

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