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The Way Of The Vaselines
The Vaselines
Sub Pop
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Release Date
September 8, 2023

The 19-song album compiles the band’s two EPs (Son of a Gun and Dying for It) along with their sole LP release (Dum-Dum), and includes such gems as “Son Of A Gun”, “Molly’s Lips”, “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam”, and “Dum-Dum”.

Stephen McRobbie of The Pastels reflects -

“For me the most important thing about The Vaselines is that it was based on friendship. Eugene, Frances and I all enjoyed being together and as much as we loved getting drunk, taking acid and going out, there was a creative intent too. As we became friends I learnt that they had a few songs and a rough plan to start a group. I wanted to try to help them on their way as I knew there was something there, something out of the ordinary. They looked incredible together and although their playing wasn’t all that technical I loved it - their voices were magical, especially when they sang together. I hopefully suggested the name, The Vaselines, which they went along with. I booked a studio and roped in my partner, Aggi (Annabel), who was living in Brighton at the time. I remember vividly making that first record, Son Of A Gun, and my happiness in how it came out. I still love what we did - can’t quite believe it actually.

At the time The Vaselines always played with my group, The Pastels - some people were into them but quite a few others were a bit snobby and thought it too basic or transient. I love that so many serious travelers have fallen by the wayside and that in 2023 The Vaselines have this incredible legacy and we can meet up to talk about reissue plans and what’s happening next. With The Vaselines nothing has ever seemed over-complicated, at least from my perspective. It was always spontaneous and fun - either worth doing or not. It was never strategically laid out - the triumph of the magically unplanned career plan.”

  • Stephen Pastel, Glasgow 2023


  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

The Vaselines

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