Posted in music on October 9, 2010

by Andrew Sacher

The Vaselines @ a UK gig in September (photo by Dani Canto)
Vaselines

The Vaselines are back, they still sound great, and if naming their new album Sex With An X didn't give it away, they're just as sexual as ever. Songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee are now joined on stage by Stevie Jackson and Bobby Kildea of Belle & Sebastian and Michael McGaughrin of the 1990s (the band). McKee prefaced her introduction of the new band members with, "Just so you know what they're called...in case you wanted to slack them off later." This was just one of her bawdy jokes, which played almost as important of a role in the set as the songs themselves.

The set at Webster Hall Wednesday night (10/6) was a good mix of classic Vaselines songs and songs off the new album, which, although released 20 years after their debut full length, picks up right where The Vaselines left off. There was such a high amount of energy on stage throughout the entire show, and the band didn't miss a single beat. They played through fan favorites like "Son of a Gun" and "Rory Rides Me Raw" just as powerfully as the new tracks. During "Molly's Lips," McKee invited opener Jeffrey Lewis and his drummer on stage to dance and play the bicycle horn.

After about an hour of playing, Kelly and McKee announced they had one song left, and ended the show with "Dying For It" which resulted in multiple audience members tossing their beers into the air and breaking out into a push pit. The Vaselines then left the stage, only to return momentarily in response to the audience's cheers for an encore. They opened the encore with their cover of Divine's "You Think You're a Man" and then ended with "Dum Dum," leaving the crowd seeming extremely satisfied (other than ignoring multiple cries to play "Sex Sux").

Both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian (whose NYC show was at Williamsburg Waterfront) are now on intersecting tours. Jeffrey Lewis opens for the Vaselines until October 16th.

"Jeffrey Lewis, who opened the show, also keeps his music simple, strumming a few chords on a guitar that may well be held together by the stickers covering its front, and leading a band that piles on a cheerful clutter. But he's a clever, articulate wordslinger, coming up with rhetorical conceits -- one song, "Cult Boyfriend," compared his romantic appeal to that of cult bands and films -- and putting in a lot of preparation.

He's also a comics artist, and his set included two short films -- essentially slide shows of his elaborate drawings -- that were finely reasoned histories, in rhyme, of the Soviet Union and the French Revolution, affirming populism through primitivism." [NY Times]

Crystal Stilts also played an opening set at the Webster Hall show. Some videos, and a picture of the setlist from the gig, below....

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Vaselines- Ruined 10/6/10 Webster Hall

Vaselines-Mouth to Mouth 10/6/10 Webster Hall

Vaselines-Dum Dum 10/6/10 Webster Hall

setlist pic via Jay Porks
Setlist

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Comments (17)

fuck I wish I had gone to this. what. the. fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 10:12 AM

This is live song from Vaseline's first US show a few years ago at Southpaw in Brooklyn.

http://www.thesoundofindie.com/tag/the-vasalines/

Posted by Arrdvaark | October 9, 2010 10:20 AM

If it weren't for Nirvana, would anyone give a shit?

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 11:07 AM

"If it weren't for Nirvana, would anyone give a shit?"

yes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 12:20 PM

Correction B'lyn Vegan peeps:
Bob & Stevie from Belle and Sebastian played w/The Vaselines on the previous tour (they're currently touring w/B&S). This tour it's Gareth Russell and Paul Foley. Michael McGaughrin is still on drums. Good times. Carry on...

Posted by cmb | October 9, 2010 12:21 PM

Some people use Vaseline to masterbate with. Just sayin.

Posted by HumusBufg | October 9, 2010 12:55 PM

this was an awesome show, probably will end up in my top 5 at the end of the year. i missed the vaselines when they played the bowery last year so this was a real treat. great setlist, only song left off that would've made it perfect was teenage jesus but no complaints here. new songs fit in seamlessly with the old ones. pretty good crowd for a wednesday night i thought and they were into it, especially rowdy up front.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 1:08 PM

10:20-- they actually played maxwell's the night before they played southpaw.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 2:06 PM

And they played mamouns the night before maxwells

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 2:18 PM

RE: 2:06 The live track (You Think You Are a Man) is from the 2008 Southpaw show, which, you are correct is the day after the Maxwell's show, but we all know that Jersey doesn't count, right?

RE: 2:18 ?!? Is this a hummus joke?

Posted by Arrdvaark | October 9, 2010 2:59 PM

crystal stilts were magnificento!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 4:32 PM

"Some people use Vaseline to masterbate with. Just sayin."

He's talking about me. I use Vaseline to masturbate.


Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 5:15 PM

""Some people use Vaseline to masterbate with. Just sayin."
He's talking about me. I use Vaseline to masturbate."

Finally we have the truth

Posted by Online merchant account | October 9, 2010 8:28 PM

Jeffrey Lewis should have been an abortion. He closed his set by rapping about killing mosquitos - nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 11:45 PM

BUBBA YAM doesn't like Vaselines or Kurdt Cobain.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 9:18 AM

2:59 is from Ohio. But you all are, aren't you?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 1:41 PM

This was a memorable night, so glad I got to attend. And very fortunate to have been in attendance-and even better that I got that killer spot with my feet up on stage recording the whole thing. Love the Vaselines, new record is perfect. Hope they come around again sometime.

Posted by Jay Porks | October 12, 2010 11:33 PM

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