While the Afghan Whigs were in New Orleans laying down material for "1965," its first album under a new deal with Columbia Records, the band also took time out to cut tracks for several upcoming tribute albums.
Fans of the Whigs may recall that frontman Greg Dulli handled some of John Lennon's vocal parts for the soundtrack to the 1993 Beatles-inspired flick, "Backbeat." Now Dulli has reprised that vocal inspiration for a cover of "Woman," slated for a planned John Lennon tribute album -- a project which is currently on hold at Capitol Records.
Another record currently in limbo is the Clash tribute album, which was originally going to be released on August 25, but which has been pushed back until sometime next year. The Whigs have recorded a version of the '70s seminal punk band's "Lost in the Supermarket" for the record, which was also to include contributions from the Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, the Indigo Girls and Rancid, among others.
As we previously reported (see "Wilco, Sister Hazel Join Afghan Whigs, Gin Blossoms On Big Star Tribute"), the Whigs had also covered Big Star's "Nightime" for yet another tribute. Former Big Star and Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton returned the "cover favor" by providing back-up vocals on "Crazy," a song off the Whigs' new record.
The Afghan Whigs are currently taking a week-long break from its fall tour in support of "1965," but will resume its road duties at Seattle's Showbox on November 30.