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Cincinnati, United States (1986 – 2001, 2011 – present)

American band the Afghan Whigs were a soul-influenced, alternative rock band that was mainly active in the 1990s. While achieving only moderate commercial success, the Afghan Whigs attracted ample critical acclaim and deeply loyal fans, Rolling Stone described the band as spending “the bulk of their career on the brink of stardom”, yet they’ve “never quite broken beyond a substantial legion of devotees enamored of their thinly veiled sleaze.”

Formed in Cincinnati in 1986, Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), John Curley (bass), and Steve Earle (drums — not to be confused with country musician Steve Earle) .

In 1988, they released their debut album Big Top Halloween on their own Ultrasuede label. The album caught the attention and imagination of the independent music community and the band soon signed to Sub Pop of Seattle in 1989. Sub Pop’s signing of the Afghan Whigs created quite a stir at the time as they were the first non-Northwestern U.S. band to record for the label.

In 1990, their first Sub Pop release Up in It was released; the blistering pace and yowling, effects-heavy guitars on tracks like “White Trash Party” gave no hint of the stylistic about-face to come. It was followed by a limited edition single released by No.6 Records under the name The Ornament.

With the critically acclaimed 1992 album Congregation and a limited covers EP, Uptown Avondale, the band adopted what would become their signature soul-influenced sound.

Soon the Afghan Whigs signed to a major label, Elektra Records, and in 1993 released another critically acclaimed album, Gentlemen. Although the singles “Debonair” and “Gentlemen” were fairly popular, the album failed to launch the band into the mainstream.


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  • Hypnaswan

    Great new album, very passionate, as usual!!! :D

    21 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • TheMightyWaffle

    New album rules, incredible band

    8 Jun 7:51am Reply
  • Renan-Carneiro

    Royal Cream is amazing \\o/

    7 May 3:48am Reply
  • chlindh

    New album is quite good!

    26 Apr 4:21pm Reply
  • patrickshumack

    Alternotunes review:

    22 Apr 7:40am Reply
  • c70

    Royal cream

    19 Apr 7:26pm Reply
  • robot_boy71

    Hot damn....I'd forgotten how ridiculously good these dudes were/are...Gentlemen is essentially flawless....

    17 Apr 9:55pm Reply
  • robot_boy71

    Love the new album but miss McCollum...wish I'd been able to make it out to one of the new shows...

    17 Apr 9:33pm Reply
  • Wonrei

    new album is awesome... great work guys

    15 Apr 8:24pm Reply
  • lebek7

    great come back!!!

    15 Apr 12:37pm Reply
  • Renan-Carneiro

    I keep listening to the new album has a lot of feeling and apparently is better than ever.

    28 Mar 3:16am Reply
  • Poliarnik

    The ending of the new one is so perfect and omnious. Liked it, but Dully should have screamed a little bit more.

    27 Mar 9:30pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    I'm not really feeling it, to be honest...

    27 Mar 4:45pm Reply
  • nandosiol

    Listening to the new album...better until this moment is Matamoros ,what a infectious groove in it

    26 Mar 11:33pm Reply
  • ijkidd

    Take a look at the cover of "Black Love", "Debonair" single, "Going To Town" single etc etc it's THE Afghan Whigs. Why it should mean my Scrobbles don't tally right just for "The" I don't understand, wouldn't be hard programming for it to work both ways...

    21 Mar 7:54am Reply
  • bandoleer

    New album is superb. Every track counts.

    16 Mar 5:37am Reply
  • 9Nails

    Algiers was much, much better than I even dared hope for! Absolutely fantastic track, perfect ending, Dulli's vocals are spot on as always - all in all, a track that carries some high expectations with it for the rest of the album, this being the standard it set!

    12 Mar 6:49pm Reply
  • ekesner

    Algiers bummed me out the first 10 times I listened to it but it's finally struck the right nerve. Got my ticket for Baltimore! Can't wait!

    2 Mar 5:43am Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    looking forward to their new album. yup

    28 Feb 1:50pm Reply
  • hmiettinen

    horribly obvious use of autotune at the end of algiers :/

    23 Feb 7:59pm Reply
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