Published May 07, 2008Influential Scottish indie band the Vaselines have announced they'll reform for both Tigerfest, a month-long, Scotland-wide alternative music festival taking place as we speak, as well as Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Party at Redmond, Washington's Marymoor Park on July 12. Led by one of Kurt Cobain's "most favourite songwriters in the whole world," Eugene Kelly (Captain America, Eugenius), the Vaselines enjoyed a short ride in the late '80s in Scotland's thriving indie scene, releasing two EPs, one full-length, Dum-Dum, and a 1992 Sub Pop retrospective called The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History.
A major influence on Nirvana, who popularised the Scots by covering three of their songs - "Son of a Gun," "Molly's Lips" and "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For a Sunbeam" - the Vaselines have reunited a few times over their on-off history. The first came a year after they broke up in 1989 when Nirvana asked them to support a show (Kelly eventually went on tour with Nirvana as Captain America, as well as join them to perform "Molly's Lips" at the 1991 Reading Festival), and most recently in 2006 when Kelly and Frances McKee joined forces for a Vaselines set to promote their simultaneously released solo records.
Though has been said about whether this is a full-on reunion or just a one-off, it has been announced that members of Belle & Sebastian will fill in to help Kelly and McKee for their set on May 16 at the Dunfermline Carnegie Hall. Other artists scheduled to play Tigerfest include Idlewild, Teenage Fanclub, Frightened Rabbit, the Twilight Sad, Caribou and Stars of the Lid.
The Vaselines "Molly's Lips"