Beautiful Girls Press Kit
Rumor has it that The Afghan Whigs had their genesis when singer-songwriter Greg Dulli and guitarist Rick McCollum became acquainted in an Athens, Ohio jail after a party they were at was raided by the police. The pair later met bassist John Curley, who operated his own studio, Ultrasuede, in Cincinnati.
With drummer Steve Earle rounding out the lineup, the Whigs financed their own debut album, Big Top Halloween in 1987 and released 2,000 copies of that now highly-collectible record on their own Ultrasuede imprint. Drummer Garrett Shavlik of Denver’s the Fluid heard the album in a club and passed the word to Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records, the Seattle label that incubated the careers of such titans as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Tad.
For Sub Pop, the band recorded the LPs Up In It, Congregation and Uptown Avondale, a five-song EP that featured tormented covers of such soul classics as Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold” and the Supremes’s “Come See About Me.”
Wooed by several major labels, The Afghan Whigs signed on with Elektra in 1993. The highly praised Gentlemen, a stunning chapter in the Whigs’ ongoing cycle of songs about men and women who live “all messed up but nowhere to go” marked the band’s major label debut. The Whighs are currently working on a new album.