THE DANDY WARHOLS
From their alt psych beginnings in the mid-'90s to their brief pop-funk dabblings a decade later, The Dandy Warhols never shied away from experimentation or getting a little weird. Formed in 1994, the band initially invited comparisons to influences the Velvet Underground and Ride, but their cool, detached demeanours and knack for melody also provided America with an answer to Brit-pop. The Dandy Warhols were founded by Courtney Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums), and signed on with the independent label Tim/Kerr shortly after their formation. In 1995, the Dandies released their debut, Dandy's Rule OK?, and while other rock bands may be a bit hesitant to spell out their influences, the Dandy Warhols decided to openly advertise it, as the album contained such song titles as "Lou Weed" and "Ride."
Capitol signed the group the same year, but rejected a second album they submitted. Disappointed but undeterred, the Dandies reunited once more with the producer of their debut album, Tony Lash, and came up with Dandy Warhols Come Down (1997). While the album didn't exactly establish the group as a household name, it did prove to be an underground fave, especially in Europe, where the band became the toast of the critics and enjoyed more substantial commercial success.
In 2000, the group issued its third full-length, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. "Bohemian Like You" became one of their most iconic songs.
Within months, the band were back in the studio for a fourth album. Welcome to the Monkey House (2003), a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s book of short stories, featured collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, and Evan Dando. The Dandy Warhols were also personally asked by David Bowie to be the opening act for his fall 2003 A Reality tour.
That album spawned another hit for the band, the synth-disco jam "We Used to Be Friends." The group returned with new music in 2005, when the uneven Odditorium or Warlords of Mars arrived that fall. Three years later, the Dandies released their sixth album, the return-to-form Earth to the Dandy Warhols, on their own Beat the World label; the album also featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell.
In 2009, the band decided to release a reworking of Monkey House titled The Dandy Warhols Are Sound, which, according to the band, presented their original vision of the 2003 album.
Big changes for the band arrived in 2010, as they split with Capitol Records and released a greatest-hits collection from that era.
They continued their maturation in sound with their ninth album, 2012's This Machine. In 2013, they rang in the 13th anniversary of their breakout third album, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. That same year, the Dandy Warhols' growth continued on their ninth studio album, the patient and pastoral Distortland.
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