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Dulli Noted: Greg Dulli Of The Afghan Whigs' Favourite Albums
Aug Stone , May 9th, 2014 06:23

With Do To The Beast, the first Afghan Whigs album since 1998, recently released, frontman Greg Dulli takes Aug Stone through the crime scenes of his all-time top LPs

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Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain
My life is kinda pre-Purple Rain/post-Purple Rain. I had already been a fan of Prince before that. 1999 was when I really got in. I heard 1999 and I went back and got Dirty Mind and Controversy. I saw the 1999 tour. 1999 is a very synthy album, but when I saw him in concert, he was playing a lot of guitar, and he's really good. I wasn't fully prepared for that. There's parts of Controversy that have guitar but nothing prepared me for the guitar playing on Purple Rain. From start to finish, from the first song to the last song, it's one of the greatest records I have ever heard. There's nine songs, they're all great. They're all different. The first song that everybody heard from that record was 'When Doves Cry'. There's no bass on it. It's really a strange, avant-garde hit song. Sort of like in the way 'Hey Ya' was. 'Hey Ya' was such a weird song. 'When Doves Cry', what sounded like that? What has sounded like that? Nothing. And then there's that fucking solo, man. It's like Hendrix.

When the album came out and I heard 'Let's Go Crazy', good Lord, I was never the same after that. From the church organ to the monologue to the drum beat to the kickin' down and the song starting, it just goes from strength to strength to strength. It's like a fucking four-minute orgasm. 'Take Me With U' is the second song. That's Apollonia. 'The Beautiful Ones' is third. 'Computer Blue', which is when in the film, he's portraying his difficult side. But it's a jam. It's fully funky and robotic in its weird way but still a jam. Then 'Darling Nikki' is when he outrages everybody, but that's just big nasty fun. Watching him hump the stage and freaking everybody out in the audience is great.

Side two is one of the best sides of a record anyone will ever make. 'When Doves Cry', 'I Would Die 4 U', 'Baby I'm A Star', and 'Purple Rain'. You can't touch that. No one can touch that. It is an artist fully finding himself. He had already stated his intent with 1999, but this is the crystallisation of his talent. And he went on a run after that – Around The World, In A Day, Parade, Sign O'The Times – just a great run from Controversy on.

But Purple Rain is one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever made. It completely changed me. I never looked at music the same again. I got really serious about music after that. I wanted to do that. I wanted to make great songs like that guy did. I wanted to put on concerts like that guy did. I remember when we first played First Avenue, where they filmed the concert scenes, I had us introduced like he was in the film, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Revolution…" I rarely geek out, but I geeked out hard on that. I saw that movie twice in one day when it first came out. I became friends with Apollonia. She sings on a Twilight Singers record. She sang onstage with me. She and I covered 'When Doves Cry' for a compilation record a few years ago. Gun to my head, it's my favourite record.

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May 9, 2014 12:11pm

Purple rain great choice

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May 9, 2014 12:50pm

Some great choices in there and a couple I need to discover myself now.
Have loved everything Dulli has produced. It's great to see him enthuse so much about music. Just as I expected.

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May 9, 2014 3:06pm

Great list, a lot of fun to click through and feel his enthusiasm. Thanks, Greg!

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May 9, 2014 9:41pm

how come i can't print this ART-TiCkLe??
so's i cans reads it whilst on th' crapper, hmm??
optimum craps out on me mid crap. . .
i still needs my throne reading, douche!!

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May 9, 2014 9:42pm

Nice to see that someone remembered to mention Husker Du. I don't think lyrics to Book about UFOs are silly (not the first time I've read something like that). I'd rather call them witty.

Walking down a sunny street to the library
Checking out the latest books on outer space
Going to the fruit stand to buy a dozen oranges
Then she and the books and the oranges go back to her place

She tells the same old story to everyone that she knows
She's just sitting in her room reading books about UFOs

Sometimes I see her sitting on the rooftop
Perched in a lawnchair and staring into the sky
I know that somewhere in some faraway galaxy
That some gray men with telescopes are gazing right into her eyes

Her live revolves around all of the planets
And she is constantly aware of all the changes that occur
I'm going to turn into a lens and focus all my attention
On finding a new planet and naming it right after her

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May 9, 2014 9:51pm

In reply to YNOT?:

lest any douche accuse moi. . .
of overly douchie-ness. . .
je parle je t'aime. . .
je parle 'the pompatus of love'. . .

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Tim Clarke
May 12, 2014 4:35am

Greg Dulli is da man.

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