by Anderew Frisicano

The Vaselines

For those of you unfamiliar with [The Vaselines], they are quite strange. If the name did not point that out to you, songs like 'Rory Rides Me Raw' and 'Sex Sux' should give you an idea. The quiet looking Frances Mckee announces that they have been away for so long because they were having sex changes!

The exciting news is that they also added a couple of new tracks to the setlist, like 'Picked a Cherry'; is this hinting at a longer stay for the band? They have James Seenan on bass and Charlie Kelly, singer Eugene's brother, on drums. Eugene, complete in red and black knitted jumper ('Dennis the Menace!') will not give anything away...

Finishing on title track 'Dum Dum' with it's (sic) punky Buzzcocks-style edge, this was a gig I am extremely proud to have witnessed. Some may say they lack stage presence, can't play their instruments, blah blah, but the structure of the melodies and simple yet unforgettable songs will stay with me a long time. Let's hope there are more from the Glaswegians on the way.[eGigs]

The above review is from the Vaselines' first London show in 20 years. It took place just a few days ago - March 27, 2009. The band re-formed in July 2008 to play Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival and made Brooklyn and Jersey stops on the way (as well as a few others, like its native Scotland).

The band returns to North America again in May for a set of tour dates. Those include a May 18th stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 3rd at noon.

The band's new collection, Enter The Vaselines, comes out May 5th on Sub Pop (details below).

Also below: the setlist from the band's March 27th London show, new album track list, and all tour dates...

Vaselines,HMV Forum, Kentish Town, London on Friday, March 27th 2009 set list:
Son Of A Gun
Monster Pussy
The Day I Was A Horse
Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
Oliver Twisted
Picked A Cherry
Molly's Lips
Let's Get Ugly
No Hope
Sex Sux (Amen)
New New Song
Rory Rides Me Raw
Dying For It

You Think You're A Man
Dum Dum

Enter The Vaselines...

This new collection is effectively a deluxe-edition reissue of the 1992 Sub Pop release The Way of The Vaselines with a new title and new cover art from the band, and a whole lot of new material (the entirety of the 17-song second CD/third LP has been added). Originally mastered from a cassette tape, The Way of The Vaselines compiled the band's two EPs (Son of a Gun and Dying for It) and their sole LP release (Dum-Dum). Enter The Vaselines is the definitive triple LP/double CD Vaselines collection. It includes new mixes and re-mastered versions of everything by The Vaselines, plus never-before-heard demos, and live recordings from 1986 in Bristol and 1988 in London.[SubPop]

Enter The Vaselines track list
1. Son of a Gun
2. Rory Rides Me Raw
3. You Think You're a Man
4. Dying for It
5. Molly's Lips
6. Teenage Superstars
7. Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
8. Sex Sux (Amen)
9. Slushy
10. Monsterpussy
11. Bitch
12. No Hope
13. Oliver Twisted
14. The Day I Was a Horse
15. Dum Dum
16. Hairy
17. Lovecraft
18. Dying for It (The Blues)
19. Let's Get Ugly
20. Son of A Gun (demo)
21. Rosary Job (demo)
22. Red Poppy (demo)
23. Son of A Gun (live in Bristol)
24. Rosary Job (live in Bristol)
25. Red Poppy (live in Bristol)
26. Rory Rides Me Raw (live in Bristol)
27. You Think You're a Man (live in Bristol)
28. Dying for It (live in London)
29. Monsterpussy (live in London)
30. Let's Get Ugly (live in London)
31. Molly's Lips (live in London)
32. The Day I Was a Horse (live in London)
33. The Day I Was A Horse (Again) (live in London)
34. Sex Sux (Amen) (live in London)
35. I Didn't Know I Loved You ('Til I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll) (live in London)
36. Teenage Superstars (live in London)

The Vaselines - 2009 Tour Dates
5/10 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
5/11 - Bimbo's, San Francisco, CA
5/12 - Neumos, Seattle, WA
5/13 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
5/15 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON
5/16 - Metro, Chicago, IL
5/18 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
5/28 - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain

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