Song of the Day: Afghan Whigs – “Debonair”

Here’s one from Afghan Whigs, who announced a tour this week with Built To Spill that will run through April and May. This song is one of three singles off the 1993 album Gentlemen, and one of their cooler-sounding tracks. There’s an odd mix of elements going on here, as frontman Greg Dulli told Spin magazine in 2014: “I really liked the riff to the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back,’ and I had become a big fan of Twin Peaks. And ‘Debonair’ was my attempt to marry the riff from ‘I Want You Back’ to the chord progression of the Twin Peaks intro.” A weird combination on paper, maybe, but it worked.

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