Night Music: The Vaselines, “Teenage Superstar”

The Vaselines were a short-lived Scottish band in the 80s who broke up after the release of their first album in 1989, and then got sort of alternative famous because Nirvana covered three of their songs. Sub Pop released all their recorded works in The Way of the Vaselines, in 1992, which is how I came to know them. It’s a terrific album full of catchy gems recorded with passion and a brilliant original sense of the sound of a pop song. “Teenage Superstar” is a fine example of a hooky melody, noisy accompaniment and radio-friendly lively vocals leading to recorded nirvana. Funny and snotty and clever, too. One of many on the disk.

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