You Say It's Your Birthday: Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli

Today is the birthday of Greg Dulli, vocalist and

guitarist for the Afghan Whigs. The Afghan Whigs made their first appearance on

the charts with the passionate "Gentlemen," an anti-drug tune which highlighted

Dulli's considerable lung capacity, among other things.

Dulli grew up in

Hamilton, Ohio and attended film school in Cincinnati before getting together

with the other members -- bassist John Curley, guitarist Rick McCollum and

drummer Paul Bichignani -- and recording their indie debut, Big Top, in

1988. The Whigs worked with Sub Pop for a while, building a strong following

prior to the 1994 release of their major-label record Gentlemen.

The Whigs consciously avoided the flannel-and-filth image of their peers,

opting for clean-cut looks, classy clothes and black leather accents. Dulli's

musical ambition seems unstoppable -- in addition to his work with the band, he

runs Cincinnati's Ultrasuede Studios and has donated riffs to the Foo Fighters

and the film score for Backbeat.

The Whigs returned in 1996 with

Black Love, which features the single "Honky's Ladder." For another

song, Dulli dosed the band with hallucinogenic mushrooms before recording their

powerful "Mushroom Ride." And for the tune "Night By Candlelight," he teamed up

with Satchel vocalist Shawn Smith.

Other birthdays: Helen O'Hara (Dexy's

Midnight Runners/Culture Club), Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Butch Trucks

(Allman Bros) and Eric Burdon (Animals). -- Beth Winegarner