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July 12, 2008 8:42 PM

"You Think You're A Man, You Are Only A Boy"

Posted by Jeff Albertson

The Vaselines have a rich and interesting history. The band, originally made up of only Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, formed in 1986 and broke up a short three years later after releasing two EPs and one full-length album.

Then Kurt Cobain came along and declared them his "most favorite songwriters in the whole world." Cobain returned the favor to the relatively unknown Glasgow band by covering three of their best songs: "Molly's Lips," "Son of A Gun" and the traditional "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam." The latter was included on Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged Album" and exposed the band to a world-wide audience.

They just finished with one of their first ever performances in the United States and a supportive and enthusiastic crowd ate it up. McKee and Kelly's specialty of sugar-coated pop songs and tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo made for a memorable show.

The highlight of the set was "You Think You're a Man," a cheeky tune that had the crowd dancing and singing along: "You think you're a man, you are only a boy. You think you're a man you are only a toy. You think you're a man, but you just couldn't see. You aren't man enough to satisfy me."

Edit: The band's July 9th show at Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ was their first U.S. performance.

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