The Vaselines formed in Glasgow in 1987 and released two singles and one album, Dum Dum, on Scotland’s legendary 53rd & 3rd label.  Their music was a playful, sex-obsessed, and totally catchy amalgam of bubblegum and The Velvet Underground that would help form the blueprint for modern indie-pop.  The Vaselines broke up in 1989 — the same week Dum Dum was released — but soon Kurt Cobain began literally singing their praises: not only did he plug them in interviews, calling Eugene and Frances his “favorite songwriters in the whole world,” but Nirvana covered three Vaselines songs, igniting world-wide interest in this obscure, defunct and absolutely brilliant band.  In 1992, Sub Pop released the compilation The Way of the Vaselines, introducing the band to a new generation of fans.

The two stayed in touch and even played together now and then, reuniting in 2008 and touring the U.S. — including a legendary appearance at Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary festival — as well as Brazil, Japan and the UK to adoring audiences beguiled by the band’s irresistible tunes and hilariously salty stage banter.  Soon, there was the acclaimed Sex with an X — unmistakably the Vaselines but with a more sophisticated sound and a newfound poignancy and wisdom.

Their latest album, V for Vaselines, is a celebration of the continued chemistry of Eugene and Frances.  “We just work together well,” Eugene says.  “I don’t know what it is but when we get together, it creates a sound we couldn’t do separately.”

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Watch the video for ‘Sex with an X’ below: