Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 67
Fri. March 16, 2012

Molly’s Lips [John Peel BBC Radio One Session]

“♫ She said/ She’d take me anywhere/ She’d take me anywhere/ As long as she stays with me […] ♫”

I so, needed this Vaselines cover, today. It sounds Kurt amended Eugene Kelly’s original lyric. On the first verse he changes the ending from “♫ […] as long as she stays clean ♫” to “♫ […] as long as she stay with me ♫” on John Peel’s BBC Radio One session. It’s very subtle but very genius. It sounds like Kurt was giving a tribute to one of his favorite obscure bands—The Vaselines.

In 1992, Kurt told Everett True in Nirvana: The Biography: “I have a feeling that they [Eugene and Frances McKee, the two members of The Vaselines] had a really cool relationship. […] I think it’s amazing when a couple can get together and write some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.”

Did you know that Eugene Kelly wrote Molly’s Lips based Molly Weir’s character, Hazel McWitch? Hazel’s from the British Children TV Show Rentaghost— who always appeared with white face make-up and emphatically bright red lips.

For Molly’s Hazel, Eugene & Frances from The Vaseline, for Kurt and our favorite Nirvana—just because it’s Friday— let loose some Molly’s Lips!