In the 90's, The Afghan Whigs were a band ahead of their time. During a time when grunge reigned supreme, The Afghan Whigs were making smart, soulful, ballsy rock that largely flew under the radar.
Whereas some of the music that came out of that era can sound dated, The Afghan Whigs stuff still sounds as fresh as ever. Greg Dulli and his crew's music likes to inhabit dark alleys, smoky, booze-soaked bar corners, and dimly lit, sleazy motel rooms, and they took these themes to the extreme on their 1993 release, Gentlemen. Now, they're marking the 21st anniversary of its release with a reissue of the album.
Titled Gentlemen at 21, the reissue will be released October 28 and will include the remastered original album and 17 bonus tracks comprised of demos, B sides, and live performances. If you can wait that long, the set will be released on wax (3 LPs) for Record Store Day November 28.
So, why 21st anniversary and not the 20th? Well, Greg Dulli has never done anything in his career by the book, so why should he start now? But, while you're waiting, dim the lights, pour some bourbon, and enjoy the title track from Gentlemen (how bout old school Jon Stewart, btw?), and enjoy it often: