50 Greatest Pop Songs Recorded in Cincinnati
24. “Miles Iz Ded”
Afghan Whigs (Sub Pop, 1992)
The Whigs weren’t being coy when they made the best song on their 1992 album Congregation a hidden extra track. The album was already done when singer Greg Dulli received indirect inspiration on the day Miles Davis passed. Dulli checked his answering machine; there were two messages. The first was from music-biz veteran David Katznelson, providing directions to a cookout. The second, also from Katznelson, was just seven words long: “Miles is dead. Don’t forget the alcohol.” Dulli had his lyric, guitarist Rick McCollum had the riff, and the rest fell into place in the studio hastily, giving us an Afghan Whigs classic and a glimpse of what was to come on their seminal 1993 album Gentlemen. (Recorded at Ultrasuede Studio, Northside.)
John Curley’s Ultrasuede Studio has five songs in the list.