Music / The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols are a four-piece band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 1994, the band consists of Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe and Brent DeBoer. They've run the gamut from psychedelic rock to power pop, with the occasional rockabilly tune thrown in.

They are one of the two featured bands in the documentary Dig!, which examines the band's love/hate relationship with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film depicts the Dandy Warhols as the stable, happy and successful shadow of the mad artists in BJM. Taylor-Taylor provides the narration.


The band currently consists of (founding members in bold):

  • Vocalist and Guitarist Courtney Taylor Taylor (1994-)
  • Guitarist Peter Holmstrom (1994-)
  • Keyboardist/Bassist Zia McCabe (1994-)
  • Drummer and Backing Vocalist Brent DeBoer (1998-)

Former members:

  • Drummer and Backing Vocalist Eric Hedford (1994-1998)

Discography:

  • Dandys Rule, OK? (1995)
  • ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down (1997)
  • Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
  • Welcome To The Monkey House (2003)
  • The Black Album / Come On Feel The Dandy Warhols (2004) note 
  • Odditorium or Warlords Of Mars (2005)
  • Earth To The Dandy Warhols (2008)
  • The Dandy Warhols Are Sound (2009)note 
  • This Machine (2012)
  • Distortland (2016)

Trope Namer for:

Tropes associated with the Dandy Warhols:

  • Cover Version: They've done covers as diverse as "Kiss Off", "Sister Golden Hair", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Hell's Bells".
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Colder Than the Coldest Winter Was Cold"
  • Either/Or Title: Odditorium or Warlords Of Mars
  • Epic Rocking: "It's A Fast Driving Rave-Up With The Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes." The clue is in the title. Other epic rockers of note: "The Creep-Out", "Be In", "You Come In Burned", "Love Is The New Feel Awful", "A Loan Tonight".
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: Part of the official video for "Bohemian Like You" satirizes karaoke music videos; in fact, it starts off with the standard opening karaoke credits and lead-in, and the lyrics are shown on-screen in karaoke fashion.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In their earlier years they've performed live shows in various stages of undress (even Zia's gotten topless on occasion).
  • Gratuitous French: An alternate version of "Welcome To The Third World" was recorded en français.
  • Inaction Video: "Good Morning" and "Plan A" (the latter features Color-Coded Characters).
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Their first album. Centered logo on white background, Dandys Rule, OK? in small type under it. And that's all.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Zia. She's bared her breasts on stage and participated in a nude photoshoot for Suicide Girls while heavily pregnant. Having become a mother in 2001, those days may be behind her.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth", which many people call the "Heroin is so passe" song.
    • Also "Plan A", "Hard On For Jesus" and "Love Is The New Feel Awful".
    • "All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey" almost averts the trope with the chorus "I can tell you, for the money, the simple life, honey, is good".
      • Also with "Horse Pills" (the lyrics mention "horse-sized pills").
  • Psychedelic Rock: A genre of their music.
  • Punny Name: Well, yeah.
  • Re-Cut:
    • Russell Elavedo originally mixed the 2003 album Welcome To The Monkey House, but Capitol Records had it given a glossier mix by Peter Wheatley without the band's permission and released that instead. In 2009, The Dandy Warhols released the album as originally intended under the title The Dandy Warhols Are Sound: Aside from the different mix, the tracks are presented in a different order, the song titles are sometimes slightly different, and the song "Welcome To The Monkey House" itself is cut, while the previously unreleased song "Pete Int'l Spaceport" is added.
    • Some would say the Come Down version of "Minnesoter" is an improvement over the original demo version, especially with the lyrics "I saw my baby dance a Latin number with her shirt off... but in a mood, she'd rather if I jerked off". The original had the next line go "When she moves, I really wanna jerk off" and the singer sounded like a Dirty Old Man, but in the new version, he sounds more cartoony and like he's trying to emulate Neil Young.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Bohemian Like You" was used for a Pontiac car commercial. The first line makes sense, "You got a great car", but fans of the group were singing the next line, "yeah, what's wrong with it today".
  • Shout-Out: The video for "You Were The Last High" is styled after Duran Duran's "Planet Earth". Rumor has it that Courtney Taylor-Taylor (a.k.a. Courtney A. Taylor) doubled his last name as a tribute to the band as well.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Brent DeBoer, drummer and backing vocalist, sings lead on "This Is The Tide".
  • Vocal Dissonance: Courtney, whenever he's singing falsetto on songs like "Plan A" or "We Used To Be Friends". That high voice doesn't seem to fit his tall frame.
    • See also his cameo in Veronica Mars singing "Love Hurts."
    • Largely gone due to the fact that he can no longer sing falsetto.
  • Vocal Evolution: Courtney started out with an average tenor-esque voice on songs like "Not If You Were The Last Junkie on Earth", then years of smoking and drinking took their toll and deepened his voice to a baritone for songs like "Bohemian Like You", but he could still hit the falsetto high notes for "You Were the Last High" and "Plan A", until he lost his voice, and never got the high range back. He still sounds fine singing low baritone, but singing near the top of his chest voice sounds gravelly and forced. For songs in falsetto, either he sings them an octave (or several) lower, or gets Brent to sing the high notes.

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