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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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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
I love Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's my favourite Lynyrd Skynyrd record because it's the first and only, not including the live record, from when Steve Gaines joined the band. Steve Gaines is one of my favourite guitar players of all time. He's got the precision of Chet Atkins and the emotion of Jimi Hendrix. Clean, powerful, super-melodic, like an assassin of a guitar player. Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, two of the great guitar players too. When all three of them trade solos at the end of 'That Smell', it's just a sublime moment of rock & roll. And I can pick out who's playing what. It's dope. It's fantastic. I still love it.

Steve Gaines also shared a lot of the vocals with Ronnie Van Zant. He has the biggest creative input on the record. I think because of that Collins and Rossington, who were previously the big co-writers with Ronnie Van Zant, rose up and wrote two of the biggest hits the band ever had. Gary Rossington wrote 'What's Your Name' with Ronnie and Allen Collins wrote 'That Smell' with Ronnie. They also include a song from their early days called 'One More Time' that is beautiful. They do a cover of 'Honky Tonk Night Time Man' by Merle Haggard that is fucking phenomenal. And the record ends with 'Ain't No Good Life' which is Steve Gaines singing lead and that had never happened.

One of my absolute favourite rock & roll bands ever. One of my favourite lyricists and vocalists of all-time, Ronnie Van Zant. And I really do think Street Survivors, their final album, is their finest hour, and who knows what they would have gone on to do. But what a great way to go out. I've heard this album a million times. I'll listen to it a million more times. Never get sick of Street Survivors ever. It's just a perfect record, it's perfect.

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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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