The Afghan Whigs Biography
The Afghan Whigs started out during the Grunge revolution of the late '80s and early '90s in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. The original band members were vocalist + rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli, lead guitarist Rick McCollum, bassist John Curley and drummer Steven Earle.
After releasing an independent album, 1988's "Big Top Halloween", the group was signed to Seattle's famed Sub Pop Records, the first non-local band to do so. While their sound was gritty and raw, like their labelmates, the Whigs injected elements of Country, Blues and most strikingly, R&B into their music.
Their second album, "Up In It", arrived in the spring of 1990.
The quartet continued to work hard and in early 1992 they delivered their critically acclaimed "Congregation".
After two full-length releases and a slew of singles for Sub Pop, the band moved to the big leagues with their breakthrough album, "Gentlemen". The disc was issued by Elektra in October 1993 but failed to break the band into the mainstream, though it spawned the Modern Rock top 20 hit "Debonair" and the minor hit "Gentlemen".
Paul Buchignani was added to the line-up after Steve Earle's departure and in March 1996, The Afghan Whigs unleashed its second major label release, "Black Love", which peaked at #79 on The Billboard Top 200 chart. Even darker than its predecessors, "Black Love" took the Whigs into corners and alleys, unraveling a noir drama, the striking "Honkey's Ladder" proved their worth to fans, but did not manage to break through to radio success as it barely stumbled into the top 30 of The Modern Rock Tracks. Upset with the efforts of their label, the Whigs managed to break contract and head to Sony/Columbia.
In October 1998, The Afghan Whigs released their most upbeat and Pop album,
"1965". The musicianship and fierceness were still there; but
they were prefaced with a new, fun attitude. The band was also joined
by a new drummer, Michael Horrigan. Critics loved the album but it failed
to make it past #176 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Citing “geographic differences”, the band split up in 2001 after a 14-year run.
"Unbreakable (A Retrospective 1990-2006)", was the first-ever compilation from The Afghan Whigs, the set contained 18 essential songs, including two brand new tracks recorded in 2006: "I'm A Soldier" and "Magazine".
In May 2012 The Afghan Whigs returned with their first new recording in over five years, the band's version of "See And Don't See", a song originally recorded in 1969 by Soul singer Marie 'Queenie' Lyons.
"Do To The Beast", the first new album from The Afghan Whigs in 16 years, will be released worldwide via Sub Pop Records on April 14, 2014 in Europe and April 15 in North America. The album features the lead single "Algiers".