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The Best Band You’ve Never Heard Of: The Afghan Whigs

Well, I initially planned to make this a weekly series, but you can see how well that worked out, as this is only the fourth installment. Anyway, my over-ambition aside, this entry is about Cincinnati quartet The Afghan Whigs.

#4 The Afghan Whigs

The band formed in 1986 when the members—vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli, bassist John Curley, lead guitarist Rick McCollum and drummer Steve Earle—were attending the University of Cincinnati. Curley did not attend the university like the others, though. He made his way to Cincinnati to intern as a photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Later, Paul Buchignani took over duties as drummer after Earle left.

The Whigs were part of a group of garage-inspired, indie bands formed in the late 80s and early 90s, which also included The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr. and The Goo Goo Dolls (before they recorded Dizzy Up the Girl). I’ve always contended (well, not always but since I first heard the song “Blame, Etc.”) that the Whigs are one of the most underrated and underappreciated bands of the 90s. Frankly, I think they were just lost in the crowd of other indie-rock bands from the era.

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