The Afghan Whigs Ring in ‘Gentlemen’ Anniversary With Reissue, $21 Show

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.08.14 in News

If you’re one of those Afghan Whigs fans who shunned their Sub Pop reunion earlier this year due to the noticeable absence of lead guitarist Rick McCollum, here’s an idea: close your eyes and cue up the band’s Gentlemen at 21 record on October 28. An expanded double disc/triple LP (for Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event) reissue of their major label debut, it pads such indie rock classics as “Debonair” and the title track with demoes, B-sides, and live renditions of songs like “What Jail is Like” and “Now You Know.”

“Like engaging in a fight with an ex-lover that just keeps going without any rhyme, reason or end in sight, listening to Gentlemen can feel like being punched in the gut repeatedly for its duration,” Maura Johnston wrote in her original Wondering Sound review of the album, hammering home why it’s held in high regard by many. “The only difference is that the Whigs’ expert musicianship and Dulli’s unflinching willingness to play the cad allow for genuine catharsis as a result.”

“It was a bad year for me and some of my friends, in terms of relationships and dealing with some of my own little ghosts,” Dulli wrote in the lead-up to the original 1993 LP (via Rolling Stone). “A year of just some kinds of remembrances and stuff that I guess I will never be able to forget, especially since I wrote it all down and made a record out of it.”

Revisit one of the record’s breakthrough videos below, along with cover art, a complete tracklisting, and tour dates that include a $21 Brooklyn show meant to commemorate the album’s anniversary as well…

'Gentlemen' album art

Gentlemen at 21:
Disc One:
01 If I Were Going
02 Gentlemen
03 Be Sweet
04 Debonair
05 When We Two Parted
06 Fountain And Fairfax
07 What Jail Is Like
08 My Curse
09 Now You Know
10 I Keep Coming Back
11 Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer

Disc Two:
1. If I Were Going
2. Gentlemen
3. Be Sweet
4. Debonair
5. When We Two Parted
6. Fountain and Fairfax
7. What Jail Is Like
8. My Curse
9. Now You Know
10. Brother Woodrow
11. Little Girl Blue
12. Ready
13. Mr. Superlove
14. Dark End Of The Street
15. What Jail Is Like (Live)
16. Now You Know (Live)
17. My World Is Empty Without You/I Hear A Symphony (Live)

The Afghan Whigs tour dates:
9/9 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
9/10 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
9/12 St. Louis MO – Ready Room *
9/13 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
9/16 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom *
9/18 Orlando, FL – The Beacham *
9/19 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
9/20 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre *
9/26 Cincinnati, OH – Mid Point Music Festival *
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre *
10/1 Washington, DC – 9.30 Club *
10/3 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
10/4 New York, NY – Beacon Theater ^
10/5 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/7 Chapel Hill, NC – Cats Cradle *
10/8 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
10/10 Chicago, IL – The Metro *
10/11 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
10/22 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
10/24 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up *
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre *
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
10/29 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *
10/31 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *

* with Joseph Arthur
^ with Charles Bradley