Monday, September 20, 2010

Scottish and Sharp, Act Two

Today's musical offering, 'Mouth To Mouth,' is indie pop inflected with folk, sometimes in a 70s AM radio kind of way. It's the happy and unlikely revival of Scottish indie-pop quintet The Vaselines, which made interesting but little-heard music from 1986-1990 and finally reformed just two years ago. Nearly unknown outside of Scotland in the late 80s, they caught the attention of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who once called Vaseline's core couple, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, 'his most favorite songwriters in the world,' surprising since they're so mellow and Nirvana rocked hard. Cobain even covered three Vaselines songs on Nirvana albums, and the broken up band gained a huge coterie of admiring critics and music fans.

"Mouth to Mouth" is not the single actually, so our video offering is the title track of their new album, 'Sex With An Ex,' a lovely guitar-strumming 60s folk-pop sing-along, that's much warmer and less racy than its title implies..

Here's 'Molly's Lips,' one of the three early Vaselines songs Nirvana covered.

Another Nirvana-covered track, the lovely 'Son of A Gun'

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