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Sub Pop 20 at Pitchfork

Pitchfork narrowed down their picks for Sub Pop’s 20 best releases, and the Afghan Whigs are prominently featured with Congregation.

Sub Pop 20 | Pitchfork

Afghan Whigs: Congregation [1991]
The first band hailing from outside the Pacific Northwest to join the Sub Pop stable, Ohios Afghan Whigs brought a healthy injection of libido to the labels angsty roster. As a press release once boasted, they signed to the label to get laid. It also boasted that they later signed to Elektra to get paid, but thats a whole other can of worms. And it worked, apparently. On songs like the slow-burning “Let Me Lie to You” and the hidden track “Miles Iz Dead”, leering frontman Greg Dulli used Congregation to cultivate the stylized, seductive evil that he would go on to perfect on the Whigs 1993 masterwork Gentlemen. Congregation is also responsible for Sub Pops two most notorious naked ladies not associated with a Dwarves release: the one on the cover, and the one in Dullis lap in the “Conjure Me” video. –Amy Phillips

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