Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This ain't about regret
Good bands are not necessarily filled with nice people.
This is from the album Gentlemen by the Afghan Whigs, released in 1993. The album cover shows a pair of cepia-toned children and a bed. The girl is laying down, happy but out of focus. The boy is unhappy and his back is turned. This is the Whigs' version of relationships: We're all immature children, and the boys want out of the bed as soon as they are done.
I could point to another song on this album, "What Jail Is Like". What is jail like? A relationship. Greg Dulli is not a healthy individual. But this stands next to Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet as one of the best albums of the early 1990s. On craft alone, this stands ount from the crowd.
Meanwhile, look at the rosewood Telecaster and Jazzmaster.