Gentlemen (album)

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Gentlemen
Gentlemen.jpg
Studio album by The Afghan Whigs
Released October 5, 1993
Recorded May–June 1993 at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee (except track 1 recorded April 1993 at Ultrasuede in Cincinnati, Ohio)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:56
Label Elektra (US) / Blast First (UK)
Producer Greg Dulli
The Afghan Whigs chronology
Uptown Avondale
(1992)
Gentlemen
(1993)
What Jail Is Like EP
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
NME 9/10[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[8]
Select 4/5 medals[9]
The Village Voice A−[10]

Gentlemen is the fourth studio album by an American alternative rock band The Afghan Whigs. It was released in 1993 on Elektra Records in America and Blast First in England and was produced by Greg Dulli. It was reissued on October 28, 2014, in celebration of the album's 21st anniversary.

33⅓ Book[edit]

In 2008, writer Bob Gendron published a critical and scholarly exploration of The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen as part of the 33⅓ music book series exploring influential albums from pop history.[11][12] Gendron’s book included extensive interviews with band members and others within Afghan Whigs’ circle around the creation and impact of Gentlemen.[13]

Artwork[edit]

The album cover was inspired by Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City by Nan Goldin.[14][15] In his book about Gentlemen, Gendron describes how Linda Ronstadt was allegedly furious over the album's cover.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Greg Dulli except where noted.

  1. "If I Were Going" – 3:05
  2. "Gentlemen" – 3:54
  3. "Be Sweet" (Dulli/Rick McCollum) – 3:37
  4. "Debonair" – 4:15
  5. "When We Two Parted" (Dulli/McCollum) – 5:47
  6. "Fountain and Fairfax" – 4:21
  7. "What Jail Is Like" – 3:30
  8. "My Curse" (sung by Marcy Mays of Scrawl) – 5:45
  9. "Now You Know" – 4:10
  10. "I Keep Coming Back" (Leo Austell/Leo Graham) – 4:52
  11. "Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer" – 5:40

An LP version of the album also included a bonus 12" vinyl limited edition containing the following 4 tracks, originally recorded for a radio session (Goodier Session, BBC Radio 1):

  1. "Rot" (Mays/Harshe/O’Leary)
  2. "Fountain and Fairfax"
  3. "Keep Coming Back" (Austell/Graham)
  4. "Tonight"

Reissue[edit]

A 21st-anniversary reissue of the album, entitled Gentlemen at 21, was released on October 28, 2014.[17]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Gentlemen – The Afghan Whigs". AllMusic. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (October 28, 1993). "Turmoil Time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, Tom (October 1, 1993). "Gentlemen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen". NME: 39. October 9, 1993. 
  6. ^ "The Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen". Q (119): 132. August 1996. 
  7. ^ Diehl, Matt (January 24, 1994). "Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen". Rolling Stone (674). Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 9. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Perry, Andrew (November 1993). "Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen". Select (41): 86. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 1, 1994). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ Citybeat
  12. ^ MTV Hive
  13. ^ Paste Magazine
  14. ^ Higgins, Reese (2012-09-28). "Interview with The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli - Arts Desk". Washingtoncitypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  15. ^ "The Collection | Nan Goldin. Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City. 1983". MoMA. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  16. ^ Breen, Mike (9 October 2008). "The Last Word on The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen". CityBeat. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Minsker, Evan (8 September 2014). "The Afghan Whigs to Reissue Gentlemen, Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 November 2014.