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The Dandy Warhols are a US rock band formed in Portland, Oregonmarker, by Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboard), Peter Holmström (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums), who left in 1998 to be replaced by Taylor-Taylor's cousin Brent De Boer. The band's name is a pun on the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol.

The Dandy Warhols are strongly influenced by The Velvet Underground, Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Shadows, and The Rolling Stones as well as including implicit musical references to My Bloody Valentine in some songs. Front man Courtney Taylor-Taylor describes the band's beginning as a group of friends who "needed music to drink to."

Biography

Early success

The Dandy Warhols performed live shows in bars throughout Portland and released their first album, Dandys Rule OK? on Tim Kerr Records in 1995. This album was influential in Capitol Recordsmarker' decision to sign the band.

The band first achieved success in Europe after the release of their second record …The Dandy Warhols Come Down in 1997; the lead single "Not If You Were The Last Junkie on Earth" proved popular in many countries across the continent. The band, popular both with their visuals and with their sound, gained a reputation throughout Europe and Australia for selling out their live shows.

Following the release of Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia in 2000, the band gained a firm fan base in the college radio scene before garnering critical acclaim and mainstream recognition. The album reached platinum status in the UKmarker along with Greecemarker and various other European countries. It also went platinum in Australia where they tour extensively. Judd Apatow's TV series Undeclared used the song "Solid" as its theme song. The song "Bohemian Like You" was featured in the indie film Igby Goes Down and in the animated film Flushed Away and in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and was used in a Vodafone advertising campaign throughout Europe and Australia in 2001. Also, the song was used in the PlayStation, Dreamcast and PC game Le Mans 24 Hours 1999.

Around this time, Taylor took out a loan to acquire an industrial warehouse space in downtown Portland, Oregonmarker (the band's hometown), dubbed "The Odditorium," occupying a quarter city block. The Odditorium is the band's eclectic rehearsal space, recording and mixing studio, also serving as an art space and clubhouse for throwing parties and hosting events.

Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House, released in 2003, was co-produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and engineered by Brian Coates of The Great Northwest. The album takes its title from Kurt Vonnegut's collection of short stories of the same name. The recording features an eighties synth-rock sound that alienated some devotees of the band's earlier harder-edged guitar sound. It also won critical plaudits for its polish, panache, and the band's capacity to reinvent itself. One of the album's singles, "We Used to Be Friends", was used as the theme song for the Australian reality series My Restaurant Rules, and later on the American cult drama Veronica Mars. It also was used on an episode of The O.C. (Season 1 Episode 12) as well as on an episode of Wonderfalls (Season 1, Episode 4). "I Am a Scientist" is featured on most episodes of the British television program Brainiac: Science Abuse (it plays in the background of the "I Can Do Science Me" segment).

Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, partially named after and recorded in the band's The Odditorium studio, was released on September 13, 2005. "Smoke It" was the first track released for radio play. The album has been described as a return to form for the band , moving away from the synth-heavy sound of Welcome to the Monkey House and back toward the largely guitar-oriented, diverse arrangements of Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.

...Earth to the Dandy Warhols...

The band released their eighth record, ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols... digitally through a subscription service on May 19, 2008. The CD version was released on August 18, 2008. The double-disc LP includes a cd version along with the full album on vinyl. The album also featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell.

Other developments

Along with The Brian Jonestown Massacre , The Dandy Warhols were the subjects of the 2004 documentary DiG! This film captured a love-hate relationship between both bands, highlighting the interaction of BJM frontman Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. It was recorded over the course of seven years by Ondi Timoner, and won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Guitarist Peter Holmström appears as a guest musician on The Dead Stars On Hollywood EP entitled Anthems for the Friendly-Fire Generation.

In December 2006, the song "Have A Kick Ass Summer (Me and My Friends)" was featured in the downloadable song-pack for the Xbox video game Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX 4.

The Dandy Warhols' songs were featured prominently in the first and third season of the FOX drama The O.C., and also in a number of major motion pictures, including 9 Songs.

The Dandy Warhols covered The Cure song "Primary" on the charity album Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to the Cure, released on October 28, 2008 on Manimal Vinyl Records, with profits going to Invisible Children Inc.

The Dandy Warhols are releasing a collaborative album called Breathe Easy to benefit conservation projects. The recordings, which started on October 21, 2008, took place at the band's The Odditorium studio in Portland, Oregon. They collaborated with bands such as The Bravery, The Kooks, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, and Spoon.

A live performance of You Were The Last High features in the film 9 Songs.

Hottest 100 of all time

The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You was voted #85 in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public .

Discography

Albums



Uses of the Dandy Warhols' music in media

References

  1. " Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". livingsocial.com. Retrieved on June 28, 2009.
  2. Triple J Hottest 100 of all time


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