Ok, I'm just kidding (sort of) everyone knows that Kurt liked a lot of bands and was influenced by all of them (The Meat Puppets are probably the most well-known example) . But The Vaselines were (arguably) his favorite band of them all, and I totally get why. You know the Nirvana song, "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For a Sunbeam"? Yeah, that belongs to the Vaselines:
It's pretty much a rule that in order for a band to be your favorite, they have to have more than one album. I'm breaking that rule, because the Vaselines had a totally non-prolific career, but I cant get enough of the same 20-ish songs they've had for over 20 years.
Every song has really simple lyrics but an amazingly catchy sound - indie pop at its finest. Don't let their basic (and sometimes silly) lyrics throw you off - THIS BAND IS AMAZING. When the man's (Eugene Kelly) vocals waver, the girl (Frances McKee) swoops right in and makes everything sound angelic and a little childish. The beginnings of lo-fi/twee pop at their finest.
This album I am reviewing is a re-release of their catalogue. I think this Pitchfork.com review does an excellent job of summing up the album (hey, they're the professionals, not me):
"....They influenced Nirvana. Nirvana's (good-intentioned, I'm sure) covers of "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun" were more-or-less faithful, bouncy renditions, but they lacked the humor, menace, and complexity of the naïvely played, ambivalently sung originals. And "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" has long been associated with Nirvana's funereal MTV Unplugged performance, during which Cobain caressed the sweetly sacrilegious song with the reverence due a cultural relic-- something it neither wanted nor deserved....
....As the former romantic couple has repeatedly asserted in interviews (including one conducted for inclusion in the set by Pastel Stephen McRobbie), the band was originally a lark, and many of their songs were written for a laugh by horny but essentially pretty wholesome kids with time on their hands. Early tracks-- "Rory Rides Me Raw", with its charmingly awful double entendres, and Divine cover "You Think You're a Man" with its juvenile, erm, climactic ending-- succinctly make that case. (They never abandoned the sexually provocative, however, going on to record songs like "Monsterpussy" and "The Day I Was a Horse".)
....With their dirty mouths and pretty faces, pop perspicacity and knack for making a bloody racket, there's no question the Vaselines were worth rescuing from obscurity."
The album is silly and noisy but so catchy and feel-good that I can't get enough- literally. The amount of plays this song has in my iTune library is actually disturbing (just know its in the triple digits, ok?):
Like I said....this might be the best song I've heard ever. In life. Ever. I'm not exaggerating.
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The Vaselines have long been celebrated by musicians and indie rock enthusiasts across the globe, including superfan Kurt Cobain, while remaining underappreciated by the mainstream. "Enter The Vaselines" is the definitive triple LP/double CD collection. Includes new mixes and re-mastered versions of material previously available on "The Way Of The Vaselines", plus never-before-heard demos, and live recordings from 1986 in Bristol and 1988 in London.