Pop preview: The Vaselines, London

HMV Forum, NW5, Fri

As with the erratic Texan singer Daniel Johnston, Glasgow group the Vaselines were a marginal act who, in the early-90s, received a shot of unlikely publicity courtesy of the most famous rock star of the era: Kurt Cobain. By that time, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee's band had effectively split up, but to those who had heard their music, it wasn't hard to see what the Nirvana frontman had found so appealing in it. The writers of driving, simple, but still hugely melodic songs, works by the pair like Molly's Lips and Son Of A Gun were wonderful both in their coy, slightly shambling original editions, and the platinum grunge form they appeared in when covered by Nirvana. Both Kelly and McKee have kept a low profile in the last decade; having reconvened unannounced last year for a charity benefit concert, this will the band's first London gig for 20 years.


John Robinson

The GuardianTramp

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