Photography by m0kaz…
Some albums make a bigger impression than others. It’s those albums that ‘Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics’ is dedicated to.
First up in the series is:
Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs (1993)
Some albums are permanent residents of your iTunes, and for me this is one of them.
From the first time I shoved this album down my cd-players’ front opening and heard the opening quartet of songs on Gentlemen, I knew that this was an album I’d probably love forever. And yeah, I’m aware of the fact that forever is a long time. But it’s been 17 years already so there is a pretty decent chance it will stick around for quite a while to say the least.
17 years on, having survived grunge, britpop, indie and whatnot, Gentlemen is still amazing! It literally hasn’t aged a day and would be received as excellent even when released today. Frontman Greg Dulli’s emotions are perfectly complemented by the frantic but melodic, and soulful music. Too bad that in 1993 the music was considered to be not-mainstream-enough and despite universal acclaim Gentlemen tanked commercially.
Even though subsequent releases like Black Love and 1966 were good in itself, looking back it’s clear to see that this was the Whigs defining moment.
1. If I Were Going
5. When We Two Parted
6. Fountain and Fairfax
7. What Jail Is Like
9. Now You Know
10. I Keep Coming Back
11. Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer