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post #1 of 99
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Any Greg Dulli fans out there?

Member of The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers, has a solo album out, and is releasing another album in March by him and Mark Lanegan as The Gutter Twins.

Love him? Kinda like him? Think he sucks dirt? Definitely post here.
post #2 of 99
Yep. I'm mainly a Twilight Singers fan, but his solo stuff is a blast too. I'm looking forward to the Gutter Twins album despite feeling lukewarm toward "Idle Hands".

Do you know if they have any other tracks out yet?
post #3 of 99
I am a huge fan. The (Afghan) Whigs are probably my favorite band of all time. The one funny anecdote I can tell at parties is the time I met Dulli with my parents.

I'm not too keen on Idle Hands either, but any new stuff I can get is welcome. very interested in the Gutter Twins record. I think powder Burns is his best record since Black Love.
post #4 of 99
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They also have "The Stations" up, which I like alot more than "Idle Hands".

"Idle Hands" was just so different. He said this album was going to be different from anything he's done before. I have no idea what to expect. "The Stations" is closer to a Twilight Singers sound.

So what was the anecdote?
post #5 of 99
Thank you. I've been debating about starting a thread about HRH Dulli, and here you've gone and done it.

I am tremendously excited for the Gutter Twins, given the work on Blackberry Belle and the A Stitch in Time EP. There's just something kind of magical about the way their voices go together...

I've been waiting for this one for a long, long time, and now there's just a little over a month left.
post #6 of 99
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There's just something kind of magical about the way their voices go together...
Agreed. I've been a huge Lanegan fan for a few years now, and only recently leapt on the Dulli bandwagon after Denis Leary pimped the shit out of the Twilight Singers' Powder Burns - immediately went and got the rest of their albums after wearing that one out.

Stitch in Time is a great EP, the only one I can't really get behind on there is "Sublime"...I dunno why, it just sounds off to me compared to the rest of the EP.
post #7 of 99
I know it's not their most popular record but 1965 still gets a ridiculous amount of play in my house.
post #8 of 99
Love the Afghan Whigs.. and love Dulli's voice. Never bought any of the Twillight Singers stuff though.
post #9 of 99
The Afghan Whigs were one of the greatest live bands I've ever seen. They ripped into their originals with power and passion, and always trotted out a few awesome/bizarre covers as a bonus.

Black Love is still his greatest moment. The way the record works together thematically, the way little lyrical motifs keep cycling back in...it's just a tremendous piece of work.

And don't forget Dulli playing the voice of early Lennon on the "Backbeat" soundtrack. Some good shit there too.
post #10 of 99
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I know it's not their most popular record but 1965 still gets a ridiculous amount of play in my house.
I'll say it. 1965 is my favorite album by the Whigs (Followed closely by Gentlemen) and I have much, much love for the whole dirty N.O./horns feel that runs through that album.

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Love the Afghan Whigs.. and love Dulli's voice. Never bought any of the Twillight Singers stuff though.
That, you need to fix, and quickly! Twilight took me a little while to warm up to, with the more electronic threads that ran through it, but after it clicked, I couldn't imagine life without it. But, Blackberry Belle is all kinds of amazing, what with the Lanegan and... just everything.
post #11 of 99
I have never been able to get into anything he's done since 1965.
I haven't heard anything that has that "Going to Town/1965" thumping soul-blast to it, but I haven't heard more than two Twilight albums.

Gentlemen through 1965 is one of the most underheard string of records by a band in the 90's. There is so much legitimacy in the Whigs music. Dulli's off-key/one of a kind voice, and their darkness and lack of trend-following.

One of the best shows I ever did see was them on their last tour with a slew of horns and backup singers. The wood floor was literally bouncing and it was one of the loudest shows I've ever experienced. God like.

I would say that my favorite Whigs moment though, is the cover of The Temple from Congregation.

Anyone remember when he got into a fight with Chris Robinson?
post #12 of 99
I want to like the Twilight Singers more than I do. The last three Whigs albums are just amazing, but Dulli's become too dependent on keys, loops, and electronic touches in the last few years, and it's weighed down the Twilight Singers albums. Powder Burns got past this a bit through sheer good songwriting, but it would have been twice the album it was had it sounded just a little more organic. Still looking forward to the Gutter Twins album.
post #13 of 99
Pardon the annoying autobiographical nature of this post...

I saw the video premier for Gentleman on 120 minutes back in 93. Lyrically, it intrigued me. But seeing as I was 18 and really into Ministry, the Dead Kennedys, and other hard music of that ilk, I didn't latch on to them. It wasn't "hard" enough for my tastes.

Fast forward to 2006. I'm reading a retrospective of the great records from the 90's on Pitchfork. I get intrigued by the article on Gentleman and I decide to check it out on iTunes.

I tell you what, kids, that album is heavy. I was 31 then, and I've gone through my share of relationships, infidelity, and drunken debauchery, and finally the whole record resonated with me. I knew what he was talking about in "If I Were Going." I've been in that cage Dulli wrote about in "What Jail is Really Like." All I can say is I'm glad I wasn't into the Afghan Whigs when I was 18 -- I'd be even a bigger asshole than I was.

Anyway, ever since then, I've been on a Greg Dulli/Afghan Whigs tear. I'm not a big fan of Black Love, though Honky's Ladder is pretty cool, but Gentleman and 1965 rock my world.

Dulli's doing some interesting work as the Twilight Singers too. Martin Eden, the opening track on Blackberry Belle, sounds like the taking of innocence. That's an amazing tune. Powder Burns has some good moments -- I'm Ready springs immediately to mind -- but DaveB's right: it seems like Dulli's running into a rut. Or, at the very least, starting to run into it.

I'm looking forward to the Gutter Twins. Idle Hands didn't do much for me, though it sounds more like the Whigs than the Twilight Singers, which is a good thing. I'm definitely going to check them out when they play Boston in March. Maybe it'll gel better live.

Until then, don't forget the alcohol.
post #14 of 99
Why not Black Love?
I feel like it's their strongest album, front-to-back, and their "peak moment".
post #15 of 99
This is why I love CHUD.

Black Love is the perfect echoing companion piece to Gentlemen. It covers many of the same elements of guilt and the such. Together, I love those two albums. 1965 just rocks, though. It's so much fun.

Saw them twice at the Metro in Chicago. Good times.
post #16 of 99
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Why not Black Love?
I feel like it's their strongest album, front-to-back, and their "peak moment".
It never really grabbed me musically or lyrically. I thought Dulli was straining his voice too much for it to really get under my skin. It just never grabbed me.

However, there are some good moments. Step into the Light and Honky's Ladder are really great. But that's about it for me. Gentleman, for me anyway, is a stronger work from beginning to end than Black Love.
post #17 of 99
Thread Starter 
I still think Powder Burns is worthy. It's got some solid songwriting whether you dig the sound or not.
post #18 of 99
Bump, more or less. I got an advance copy of Gutter Twins' Saturnalia. It's pretty fucking great. I need to pore over it a couple more times, but I already love it save for a couple of songs, and that's not to say that they won't grow on me over time.

And yes, I'm going to buy it when it hits stores.
post #19 of 99
dammit, jake, don't tease.
post #20 of 99
The whole album is being streamed until Monday night at the Gutter Twins' myspace.
post #21 of 99
Thread Starter 
Yeah and long before either of those, it was streamed on a music review site.

It's definitely different than what Dulli has done before, but also feels natural. I'll have to listen to it a bit more. It reminds me of a darker Arcade Fire.
post #22 of 99
I just recently picked up Saturnalia. And it really is pretty fucking good. Lanegan's having a really great year with this and Isobel Campbell'sSunday at Devil Dirt.
post #23 of 99
Thanks for starting this thread, Afghan Whigs have been my favorite band since I started seriously getting into music, which sadly wasn't until I was about 17. Saw the video for Debonair, and I've been hooked ever since. Slowly over the years I started buying all their albums and in the summer of '97 I was always screaming "don't forget the alcohol", and a couple years ago I was always singing on the way to work "slow down, lean in, call up that feeling..." Gentlemen is my favorite album of theirs.

It's nice to see that there actually are other fans out there. Around here people either don't know who they are, they say "I've heard of them", or when they hear the music they don't like it.

p.s. I remember some of their music playing in an episode of Homicide, that was cool. Also loved Dulli's acting in Monument Ave.
post #24 of 99
And in case anyone doesn't know, the Gutter Twins have a new EP up on iTunes. I downloaded it but have yet to listen.
post #25 of 99
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And in case anyone doesn't know, the Gutter Twins have a new EP up on iTunes. I downloaded it but have yet to listen.
I've been dying to get it ever since summer put a bug in my ear about it, but I'm damn near broke and have too much drama going on resulting in potential expenditure of cash. Blargh.

Either way, still love these guys. And I had no idea that Lanegan had a second record out with Isobel Campbell - anyone have a firsthand report on that one?
post #26 of 99
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I just recently picked up Saturnalia. And it really is pretty fucking good. Lanegan's having a really great year with this and Isobel Campbell'sSunday at Devil Dirt.
I'm probably one of the biggest Whigs and Dulli fans in my area, and I have to say I'm disappointed with Saturnalia. It just didn't grab me the way his other work with the Twilight Singers and the Whigs did. I don't know man...I really want to love it. It's just so repetitive.
post #27 of 99
Yes, the main problem with Saturnalia is that it has pretty much one mood. But it's a mood I fucking love. Isobel Campbell's new album is brilliant, maybe even better than the first one with Lanegan.
post #28 of 99
absolutely love mr. dulli, from whigs gentlemen or 1965 are closest. but singers and guttertwins are exceptional also. btw - just saw them live here in cold finland, what a treat !

only thing I miss is a proper live/video collection from whighs...
post #29 of 99
Dulli and Lanegan tonight at the Troubadour.
post #30 of 99
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Dulli and Lanegan tonight at the Troubadour.
Wow. Sold out. Tell us how it goes.
post #31 of 99
Bumping this thread in sheer anticipation for the show I'm traveling to Portland to see a month from now. Diving back headfirst into the Whigs/Twilight oeuvre, falling in love with it all over again. Powder Burns is the first TS record I think holds its own in the context of the Whigs legacy, though there are strong single contenders contained with in Twilight as Sung By... and Blackberry Belle.

Actually, scratch that. Blackberry Belle deserves a place in the pantheon too.

A writeup of Dulli's NYC show last night amidst the CMJ fest:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ew-fans-alike/
post #32 of 99
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Bumping this thread in sheer anticipation for the show I'm traveling to Portland to see a month from now. Diving back headfirst into the Whigs/Twilight oeuvre, falling in love with it all over again. Powder Burns is the first TS record I think holds its own in the context of the Whigs legacy, though there are strong single contenders contained with in Twilight as Sung By... and Blackberry Belle.

Actually, scratch that. Blackberry Belle deserves a place in the pantheon too.

A writeup of Dulli's NYC show last night amidst the CMJ fest:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ew-fans-alike/
I hope you have a great time. He's playing Pittsburgh the day before I get back from a three-week jaunt. Fucker.

New Twilight Singers record is coming out early next year too.
post #33 of 99
Pissed off that I missed getting tickets for this. On the other hand, I put Gentlemen back on my mp3 player this morning, so I'll probably end up throwing everything else on there tonight.
post #34 of 99
Big fan of Greg's. He's playing here on Thursday night and I finally snagged a ticket today. Saw him once before with the Singers in what was one of my favourite gigs ever so the bar's been set pretty high.
post #35 of 99
I finally buckled down and bought tickets. Yes, chronic procrastinator. Been listening to "Pussywillow" off of Amber Headlights in my car nonstop the past three days. Still can't wait.
post #36 of 99
Owns my favorite bar. Bought me Kogi's one night.
post #37 of 99
Great show. "Summer's Kiss" had some of the audience almost delirious.
post #38 of 99
Lucky bastard. I became a fan when I heard Gentlemen what seems like lifetimes ago, but I've never seen him live yet.
post #39 of 99
I did feel pretty privileged to witness that performance. The "an evening with Greg Dulli" billing and candlelit tables were a nice touch, too. Night and day from seeing him with the Singers.

Other highlight: "If I Were Going."

Pretty sure "Step Into The Light" featured as well. Might've been too busy grinning to pay proper attention at that point, though.
post #40 of 99
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Great show. "Summer's Kiss" had some of the audience almost delirious.
I just saw Dulli in Chicago, and the show was just jaw-droppingly good. When the Whigs bass player, John Curley, came out, the whole room erupted with screams of joy. Then he launched into "What Jail Is Like" and I got goosebumps. It's one of my top 5 favorite songs, and I never thought I'd hear it live because the Whigs have been non-existent for many years. I'm anticipating a full-blown reunion tour. It'd be the highlight of my life. Dulli is a God.
post #41 of 99
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I just saw Dulli in Chicago, and the show was just jaw-droppingly good. When the Whigs bass player, John Curley, came out, the whole room erupted with screams of joy. Then he launched into "What Jail Is Like" and I got goosebumps. It's one of my top 5 favorite songs, and I never thought I'd hear it live because the Whigs have been non-existent for many years.
Sounds great, man! I'd love a Whigs reunion too, but Greg said they've just finished a new Twilight Singers album (he mentioned something like "see ya next year, hopefully") so I don't wanna get my hopes up too much. It sounds like a reunion tour's a way off, if it's even on the cards at all.
post #42 of 99
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Sounds great, man! I'd love a Whigs reunion too, but Greg said they've just finished a new Twilight Singers album (he mentioned something like "see ya next year, hopefully") so I don't wanna get my hopes up too much. It sounds like a reunion tour's a way off, if it's even on the cards at all.
A man can dream. I'm pretty dead-set on seeing Dulli in any capacity when he tours but I sure would love to see a full Whigs set & show in my lifetime. He always puts on a killer show, and has a great stage presence. What are some of your favorite songs of his? I made a compilation of mine which you can download here:

http://fuckyeahthatband.tumblr.com/p...0423/gregdulli

Let me know what ya think.
post #43 of 99
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A man can dream. I'm pretty dead-set on seeing Dulli in any capacity when he tours but I sure would love to see a full Whigs set & show in my lifetime. He always puts on a killer show, and has a great stage presence. What are some of your favorite songs of his? I made a compilation of mine which you can download here:

http://fuckyeahthatband.tumblr.com/p...0423/gregdulli

Let me know what ya think.
Nice mix. On the covers front, I would add "Come See About Me" off of Uptown Avondale and "Dixie Peach Promenade" from the Skip Spence tribute.

As far his songs, any definitive playlist is incomplete without "Debonair," "Faded," or "Miles iz Ded"
post #44 of 99
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A man can dream. I'm pretty dead-set on seeing Dulli in any capacity when he tours but I sure would love to see a full Whigs set & show in my lifetime. He always puts on a killer show, and has a great stage presence. What are some of your favorite songs of his?
"Crime Scene Part One" is one of my favourites. "Teenage Wristband" & "When We Two Parted", too. Like bendrix, I'd also have to include "Faded." As far as covers go, I've always loved the Whigs' "Moon River."
post #45 of 99
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Nice mix. On the covers front, I would add "Come See About Me" off of Uptown Avondale and "Dixie Peach Promenade" from the Skip Spence tribute.

As far his songs, any definitive playlist is incomplete without "Debonair," "Faded," or "Miles iz Ded"
"Faded" and "Miles" for sure, brother. I just had to nix a couple to keep it under 80 minutes. Honestly, my true mix would end with "Faded"
post #46 of 99

Any of you son of a guns see our guy on Letterman last week?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIN3iWmrhiI

 

Fucking magnificent.

post #47 of 99

I had never heard the Twilight Singers before.  The band sounds fantastic - I went and listened to a bunch more snippets on iTunes - but I still can't get past Dulli's voice.  Same problem I had with Whigs.

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Yeah, I can understand peeps not jiving with his vocals but I love them myself. He's the sound of hazy bars, dark alleyways, shady looking guys in hats and car rides with the windows down at three thirty in the morning. I've always thought of Dulli's music as a kind of rock noir and for me his voice is integral to that vibe.

post #49 of 99

He's still great. Don't forget the Whigs songs on the BEAUTIFUL GIRLS soundtrack.

post #50 of 99

I just saw them on Saturday.  Awesome show.  I didn't like the songs on the new record (which seems to be a running theme on my posts in this thread), but I liked hearing them live.  Definitely a great show; if you have the means, I strongly recommend seeing them.

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