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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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The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
I have to pick a Rolling Stones album; there are so many that I like but top to bottom Sticky Fingers has it all. It has the funk, the dirt, the heartbreak, the ballad. It's got everything. The drugginess, the race-baiting, the devil stuff. It's sexy as hell. It's a timeless record, The Rolling Stones at the peak of their powers. 'Moonlight Mile' is just a beautiful ballad. It's got 'Sway'. It's got 'Bitch' on it, 'Sister Morphine'. It's a jam. I mean it's got 'Brown Sugar' on it, dude, it's so nasty. I remember hearing the "just like a black girl should" lyrics and thinking, "Woah, what did he just say there?" I remember being very conscious of the racial implications there, what they were singing about, some sort of plantation fantasy gone… something.

My initial memories of The Rolling Stones was that I loved to dance to their songs. That's what I really liked about The Rolling Stones. I remember as a kid my aunt loved The Rolling Stones. I remember that 'Bitch' was naughty and that it was naughty to be singing along to it but it was a killer jam to dance to. And 'Moonlight Mile' is just a beautiful, beautiful ballad… about outer space love, that's what it sounds like to me. It's this spectral love song.

I considered Some Girls too because it came out when I was 12, so I was able to engage with the Stones as a contemporary. I was old enough to know what I liked and they were putting out a new record then. I was like five or six years old when Sticky Fingers came out. Some Girls I considered because I was able to make a conscious choice, "Oh I like that". The first time I heard 'Miss You', I knew what sex was then [laughs], so there you go.

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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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