The Vaselines, Enter The Vaselines
Two hilariously catchy, horny EPs and a gnarlier, catchier album
The short-lived, hormone-crazed Edinburgh indie-pop band the Vaselines are mostly famous by association: Kurt Cobain loved them so much that Nirvana covered three of their songs. Kurt had excellent taste. The first disc of this retrospective compiles their complete studio recordings — two hilariously catchy, horny EPs and the gnarlier (and probably even catchier) Dum-Dum album, all of them as casual as a drunken one-night stand. Francis McKee and Eugene Kelly sing like they're trying to get through their repertoire as briskly as possible so they can get back to the bedroom (exception: their cover of Divine's "You Think You're a Man," where the joke is that it goes on five times as long as it has to); their songs are trivial, waiflike, only barely there, except for the fact that they're usually hilarious and impossible to forget. The second disc — demos and live material — is strictly for fanatics, but the first disc doesn't make it hard to become one of those.