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1965 [Import]

Afghan Whigs Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Somethin' Hot
2. Crazy
3. Uptown Again
4. Sweet Son Of A Bitch
5. 66
6. Cito Soleil
7. John the Baptist
8. The Slide Song
9. Neglekted
10. Omerta
11. The Vampire Lanois

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For close to a decade, Cincinnati-based alt-rock combo Afghan Whigs created music that hurt so good. Rooted in an emotive hybrid of self-loathing punk and exhibitionistic soul, the band's tunes writhed and roiled, cutting to the core of dysfunctional relationships. But after their bleak, bitter 1995 release, Black Love, was met with general disinterest, the discouraged band took four years off to reevaluate its art. 1965 indicates that if the Whigs were suffering identity crisis, they've certainly found themselves. Instead of wallowing or brooding, as they did on past efforts, the band struts and staggers lustfully, coming across with the drive and vibe of the Rolling Stones' hormone-fest Some Girls. Many songs on 1965 are augmented with braying horns, gliding strings, and jaunty piano, and the hedonistic mood clearly reflects the downtown New Orleans environment the record was created in. High points include the swarthy surge of "Something Hot," the torch-lighted drama of "Crazy," and the sleazy pulse of "66," which begins with a 23-second recording of one of frontman Greg Dulli's intimate encounters. --Jon Wiederhorn

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "!" in the Whigs' catalogue June 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
When The Afghan Whigs released "1965" in the Fall of 1998, nobody knew of course at the time that this would be the final release of one of Cincinnati's very finest bands ever (sorry, I had to get that in here). Now 5 1/2 years later, the album remains as fresh at is was then, and it truly is the proper exclamation point to the Whig's stelaar output.
"1965" (11 tracks, 41 min.) finds Greg Dulli writing darker songs than ever, with great result. Recorded in New Orleans, it broods. The sound is opened up, with some horns (quite a change from the grunge sound of "Up in It" and "Congregation"). Somehow it all just mixes beautifully. There's really not a single bad song on the album, but if forced to select some highlights, my fave tracks include "Crazy", "Uptown Again" (a reference to "Uptown Avondale"?), "Neglekted" (no, not a typo), and the instrumental "The Vampire Lanois".
"1965" found zero commercial success, regretfully. It doesn't diminish from the album's greatness. And while we're at it, isn't it time for a Whigs' box-set treatment? The Whigs disbanded in 2001, and Greg Dulli has found new life with the Twilight Singers. Check out their excellent 2003 album "Blackberry Belle", in spirit an excellent follow-up to "1965".
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5.0 out of 5 stars desert island pick June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a near perfect example of what music is all about. The guitars are wonderful and Dulli's voice is perfect for the style. If you're looking for something to try out, this is a good one...and it's cheap.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it grows on you, whigs fans Jan. 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
i hated this album at first. i mean, how could you follow up a classic record like "black love" with this? actually, after "black love", anything was going to be a letdown.
but i got over it. this iteration of the whigs is more what-you-see-is-what-you-get. you don't have the complex beauty of "black love", or the intensity of "gentlemen." there's not a lot of subtlety here. this one's all visceral fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "baby, can't we pretend?" Sept. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Whigs' "bad" album, like the Coen Brothers' "bad" movie ("The Hudsucker Proxy"), is an excellent genre-exploring experiment that it is no more than it purports to be. Dulli and co explore the themes of traditional party soul with typical dirty abandon. (Where most lyricists would stop at "I dream awhile / about your smile," for example, Dulli can't resist adding "and the way you make your ass shake.")
The Stones comparisons are fully justified, as every one of these songs drips with the kind of sex, drugs, and 200-proof ego that Mick and Keith defined in their day. A great mid-party record.
(Sidenote: If I'm reading it right, "John the Baptist" is the most chilling [and, of course, catchy] song ever written about the weird sexual dynamics of a fundamentalist marriage. Dulli's voice drips with guilt and repression, but he still pulls off lines like "I got the devil in me" with irressistible danceability. Worth picking this album up just for this soon-to-be classic.)
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  65 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful. Rejuvenating. Restored my faith in rock. Dec 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album blew me away. I am a very tough critic of modern rock...most of it totally sucks, and the rest is mediocre or pop and wears quickly. But this album..., I don't know what to say. I spent five months overseas in the middle of nowhere (long story) and had to travel light. I took my CD portable and five CDs. This was one of them. And I listened to it everyday. It not only kept me going, it totally restored my faith in rock, which I though died in the early 80s. If you are tired of wimpy REM songs, tired of yawning paeans to juvenile angst you hear on the radio, and want something that stretches your limbs, your lust, and your learning, unwind with this album at nine and a half on the volume knob. I am so refreshed to find a band that can blend blues, hard rock rhythym, lyrics that are both introspective and overtly sexual, and key physical elements like brass and superb bass...it reminds me of the Stones. And John the Baptist has got to be one of the best rock songs ever written. Man, I love this album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SKIP MY REVIEW AND JUST BUY IT Dec 31 1999
By Brad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay, if you have to read this, here it goes. I was never quite the fanatic when it came to this band, so when I first heard this album, I was blown away at how good they have become. I was always a fan of their R n' B flavored work, especially the "Uptown Avondale" EP back in '92. This album is that good and more, much much more. It's a lusty, sweaty rock record that follows poor Greg Dulli from one failed relationship to another. He quotes Nas and Pink Floyd, he includes pounding piano solos and gospel backgrounds, and basically shapes together one of the most solid albums of the '90s. Think mid-eighties Replacements, early seventies Stones, and a little Bauhaus thrown in for good measure. While critics were peeing their pants over the latest French techno bores, this album went unfairly unnoticed, but if you buy it, you can avenge the Whigs fate!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wicked dark fun Jan. 26 2006
By Teflon Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's pretty obvious I think the Whigs are among the most underrated bands in rock history--otherwise, I wouldn't be writing this.

After several albums mining such dark subjects chronicling love gone bad, addiction, murder, remorseful sex, and generally living the life of a modern American male Tarintino style, the boys are back with a collection of tracks that are, for a lack of a better term, light hearted. I mean, they're actually having fun here, without all that downer self-torture business (okay, maybe there's a bit of that, but it's way muted). Production values are high. Soulful background vocals, ballsy horns, and winning arrangements; this LP absolutely shines.

I know I'm gonna take a lot of flak for the following closing comment, but honestly, this is the album the Rolling Stones _wish_ they recorded.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly, the best grooves in the Whigs' catalog. Nov. 18 2004
By FortyTwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alright, some fans fall into the "Gentlemen" camp, and it's certainly a classic album - consistently good songs all the way through, Greg Dulli in perfect self-loathing form, etcetera. Others fall into the "Black Love" camp because it's a fantastically dark, if overblown, caricature of Greg Dulli's persona - menacing, pleading, hypersexualized, and excruciatingly out of key. "Congregation" is a worthy choice as well, the grittiest and grungiest of them all, not to mention the near-perfect "Jesus Christ Superstar" cover.

I love all of these albums, but "1965" is the one that I pop into the CD player most frequently. The lyrics seem a bit trite compared to the brooding "Black Love" and desperate "Gentlemen" - an acquaintance of mine, whom I forced to listen to "1965," called it a "40-minute pick-up line," which probably isn't far from the truth. But frankly, I couldn't care less, because this album has that indescribable groove that compels you to shake your ass and sing along. Many musical elements absent in past Whigs recordings - the sultry female backup singers, screeching horns, all products of the New Orleans backdrop - shine through in "1965" and help Greg Dulli effortlessly channel the soul, funk, and R&B that came so naturally to the "Uptown Avondale" EP but were forcibly and often awkwardly incorporated into the "Black Love" recording sessions.

Words can only describe these intangible feelings so much. Just listen to the album and wait for those moments of transcendence, like the soaring chorus to "Uptown Again," or when the female vocalist coos alongside the mantra "I've got the Devil in me, girl" on "John the Baptist," or Greg Dulli's anguished "yeah, yeah, yeah" as his voice drowns amidst the squealing horns and careening guitars in the final minute of "Omerta." There's nothing like 'em on any of the other Whigs releases, and that's why "1965" is their standout record.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out like a light March 22 2008
By P. Opus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cajones.

Picture this - it's 1998, and the kind of bleak alt-rock that your band has specialized in for the past decade isn't exactly in fashion anymore. Facing sagging sales and general public distinterest, what do you do? Reinvent your sound in favor of something passionate, soulful, swaggering, confident, unique, intelligent and real.

Ten years later, I was in a record store chatting with some folks I know who work there. One of them puts on some early Afghan Whigs, which reminds me that I used to listen to this band way back when but have since lost touch. So I go home and take a look at their catalogue on amazon, and figure I'll order this one because of some of the reviews it received. Back then, just a few weeks ago, this CD was in-print (looks like for some reason it's not now - an injustice to the music-listening public for sure). A few days later it came in the mail. I put it in the player and was absolutely blown away.

This is unlike anything I have ever heard before - a perfect synthesis of raucus hard-edged alt-rock and pure, classic soul (complete with keys and female backup singers, sometimes even horns). It has a huge, wide sound as deep in breadth and scope as a U2 record. Greg Dulli struts and swaggers across the front, he's overtly lustful while recognizing the complexities of romantic liaisons. It's that duality which gives his performance character - instead of wallowing in self-pity he carries himself with the confidence of the man of the world we all know he was/is. Plus the sax solo on "John The Baptist" just kills me. I can't believe anyone could not appreciate this record - there is just so much going on.

I wish I had discovered this one when it was new, but it really doesn't matter - it's sound is timeless and will always be fresh. It's a pity that this band broke up after the release of this record, but then perhaps this was a one-time-only creation, a moment in time that can't be replicated. Whatever the case this carries my highest recommendation.
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