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The Afghan Whigs are a soul-influenced American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band were one of the most critically acclaimed rock groups of the 90's and were known for their epic live performances.
Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), John Curley (bass), and Steve Earle (drums) formed the band in Cincinnati late in 1986. The Afghan Whigs had evolved out of Dulli's previous band, The Black Republicans, a band that Curley later joined. McCollum, who Curley would jam with after the Black Republicans broke up, was known for being quiet and contained and for a wide use of effect pedals. After the Black Republicans dispersed, Dulli moved to Arizona, where he wrote half the songs that would become their first album Big Top Halloween (1988) on their own Ultrasuede label. The band signed to Sub Pop of Seattle in 1989. The Afghan Whigs were the first non-Northwestern U.S. band to record for the Sub Pop label. In 1990, their first Sub Pop release Up in It was released. The album was followed by a limited edition single released by No.6 Records under the name 'Ornament' which included vocals by Scrawl singer Marcy Mays.
1996 saw the band release the noir-influenced Black Love (the album featured Paul Buchignani on drums in place of Steve Earle). Although the main subjects in previous releases were liquor-drenched obsession, secrets and misery, Black Love was a step into a more dark, seedier and complex side of Dulli’s recording persona. The album peaked at #79 on The Billboard Top 200 chart.With the 1992 album Congregation and a limited covers EP, Uptown Avondale, the band adopted what would become their signature soul-influenced sound. The Afghan Whigs soon signed to a major label, Elektra Records, and in 1993 released another album, Gentlemen. The singles “Debonair” (a Modern Rock Top 20 hit) and “Gentlemen” received regular airplay on MTV and college radio. “Fountain and Fairfax” also appeared on the television series My So-Called Life in 1994.
In 1996, Dulli served as executive producer for the soundtrack for the Ted Demme film Beautiful Girls. The Afghan Whigs appeared in the film as a bar band, and contributed two songs to the soundtrack: Frederick Knight’s "Be For Real" and Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe".
In 1998, The Afghan Whigs released their sixth album, 1965, on Columbia Records (Michael Horrigan, former Love Cowboys bassist replaced Buchignani). It was the band's last full-length album of original material.
The Afghan Whigs announced their split in 2001, citing the strain of geographic distance between members as the reason.
In 2006, The Afghan Whigs temporarily reunited. The 1965 lineup recorded two new tracks ("I’m A Soldier" and "Magazine") featured on their retrospective titled Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990–2006, released on June 5, 2007, through Rhino Records.
On June 23, 2009 an Afghan Whigs tribute album was released, featuring contributions from Mark Lanegan, Joseph Arthur and 11 other artists influenced by the band.
On December 7, 2011 in a press release from the promoters of All Tomorrow's Parties it was announced that The Afghan Whigs would reunite and play at their I'll Be Your Mirror events on May 27, 2012 in London, followed by an appearance at Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 22, 2012. A week later it was announced that the band would also be performing at both Primavera Sound festivals in 2012 as well.