Resurrection Men: The Afghan Whigs
Frontman Greg Dulli: " I refuse to be imprisoned by our legacy"
At their peak – roughly speaking a five-year period spanning their career-defining ‘Gentlemen’ (1993), ‘Black Love’ (1996) and ‘1965’ (er, 1998) albums – The Afghan Whigs might just have been America’s finest rock ‘n’ roll band. The first group from outside the Pacific Northwest to ink a deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label, the Ohio players shared little common territory with their grunge contemporaries (being influenced more by classic soul, R&B and funk than by the snotty-nosed garage rock of The Wipers, The Replacements and Hüsker Dü) but their brooding, cinematic songs carried with them an air of intrigue, devilment and no little menace. At their black-hearted core stood Greg Dulli, a suave, ruggedly handsome, perennially black-clad frontman with a reputation as both a lover and fighter, gentleman and rogue: an artist with a gift for peeling back layers of guilt, sin and regret even as he peeled back the bed linen for his latest paramour. When the group dissolved amicably in 2001, citing family commitments and overwhelming logistical difficulties, it was hard not to feel we had lost one of the greats.