Michele Romero
October 02, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History

Current Status
In Season
Caroline, Sub Pop

We gave it an A-

Perhaps you’ve seen this band’s name scrawled in black marker across a shredded T-shirt of fan Kurt Cobain. A Glasgow group that broke up in 1991, the Vaselines sound inane and annoying at first spin. But then the Sesame Street song style and garage-band guitar flailing — coupled with an errant bike horn or violin — gets trapped in your mental ozone for days. In The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History, these recovering Catholics tackle subjects as complex as atheism and murder and as mundane as a particularly chafing bike seat, all with lyrics so simple a 6-year-old could have written them. Front man Eugene Kelly sings it best: ”I’m a teenage Jesus superstar/And when my mom complains about my hair/I say, ‘Hey Mom, I just don’t care.”’ And we don’t care if this disc gets jammed in our CD player forever. A-

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