PERHAPS these days The Vaselines are best known for being listed as one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands.

And they are coming to play in Galashiels.

The Glasgow-based underground sensations were often cited by the late Nirvana singer as well his band covering Son of a Gun, Molly's Lips and Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam.

But away from the Cobain links The Vaselines are rightly regarded as one of Scotland's best-loved alternative bands from the late 80s and early 90s.

Formed in 1987 by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, they instantly became indie favourites with their pop-punk influenced songs.

Despite becoming hugely popular on home soil during their two years together neither their studio album Dum Dum or two singles reached the charts.

But they have enjoyed greater success since reforming a decade ago.

After a few performances at charity shows in Glasgow they began touring once more in 2008 and 2009.

The re-release of Enter the Vaselines led to a tour of the United States and a booking to play Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.

A stunning new album Sex With an X was released in 2010, followed four years later by equally fantastic V for Vaselines.

The Vaselines toured with the likes of Future Islands and Mogwai as their popularity soared.

And they have continued to sell-out venues all over the world with their infectious pop-punk sets.

The Vaselines will play MacArts in Galashiels on Saturday, December 1.

Tickets, priced at £19, are available from