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vaselines.jpg Kurt Cobain’s fav band are coming!

Scottish Sub Pop legends The Vaselines are playing a special one-off gig in Newcastle this August to raise funds for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

I’ve seen many claims advanced for bands being Kurt Cobain’s especial favourites (I always thought that Ned’s Atomic Dustbin were pushing their luck in claiming any affinity) but Glasgow’s The Vaselines are surely right up there as Nirvana covered three of their songs: Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam, Molly’s Lips and Son Of A Gun. They even opened for Nirvana in 1990. But the band should be cherished in their own right as they made fuzzy/jangle/noisy-pop a thing of real beauty in the late 1980s. The band were founded by its songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee and the pair will perform live together for the first time in two years at a special gig at Cluny 2. It’s in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation, an organisation that provides a wide range of high quality, specialist and personalised care and education to disabled people and their families. Support comes from local outfit E’Spaniel (FYI: Very good).

The Vaselines + E’Spaniel, Sunday 27 August, Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7pm, £18. thecluny.com