The Way of The Vaselines: A Complete History

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The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History
Compilation album by The Vaselines
Released 1 May 1992
Recorded 1987–89
Genre indie pop. indie rock, jangle pop, alternative rock, noise pop
Length 55:17
Label Sub Pop
Producer Stephen Pastel, Jamie Watson
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A-[2]

The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History is a compilation album by the indie rock band The Vaselines, released May 1992 on Sub Pop Records, catalogue SP145b. The album compiles every previous release by the band, the two EP's Son of A Gun and Dying For It, as well as their first long-playing album Dum-Dum, in chronological order of release. Three additional tracks are included: "Dying for It (The Blues)", "Let's Get Ugly", and the previously unreleased "Bitch."

The band had broken up around the time that Dum-Dum was issued, and had never gained a huge following. However, covers of their songs by Nirvana had brought them new exposure, which prompted Sub Pop to put together this compilation. The song "Molly's Lips" was named in tribute to Molly Weir, a well-known Scottish television personality. Production credits are to The Vaselines in collaboration with Stephen Pastel on the tracks from Son of A Gun and Dying for It, and with Jamie Watson on the remainder.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee except "You Think You're A Man" by Divine.

  1. "Son of A Gun" – 3:46
  2. "Rory Rides Me Raw" – 2:28
  3. "You Think You're a Man" – 5:43
  4. "Dying for It" – 2:22
  5. "Molly's Lips" – 1:44
  6. "Teenage Superstars" – 3:28
  7. "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" – 3:31
  8. "Sex Sux (Amen)" – 3:10
  9. "Slushy" – 2:00
  10. "Monsterpussy" – 1:43
  11. "Bitch" – 2:42
  12. "No Hope" – 3:21
  13. "Oliver Twisted" – 2:49
  14. "The Day I Was a Horse" – 1:29
  15. "Dum-Dum" – 1:57
  16. "Hairy" – 1:48
  17. "Lovecraft" – 5:37
  18. "Dying for It (The Blues)" – 3:09
  19. "Let's Get Ugly" – 2:19


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Aggi Wright — keyboards on "Son of A Gun"
  • David Keegan — lead guitar on "Dying for It"
  • Sophie Pragnell — viola on "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for A Sunbeam", "Dying for It" and "Oliver Twisted"
  • Jamie Watson — slide guitar on "Bitch," "The Day I Was A Horse," and "Dying for It (The Blues)"
  • Stephen Pastel - production, additional guitar. backing vocals on "You Think You're A Man"
  • Gordon Rintoul, Ian Beveridge, Peter Haigh, Jamie Watson — engineers
  • Jane Higgins — design


  1. ^ "The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History - The Vaselines - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: The Vaselines". Retrieved 2 June 2016.