...The Dandy Warhols Come Around
by Dan Weiss | June 14, 2013
The Dandy Warhols straddle a few identities: Portland hometown heroes, annoyance to earnest indie kids, jokers with good taste who choose to use it for evil. They never quite got on the radio but you've likely heard a few of their songs, like "Bohemian Like You," "Boys Better" and TV themes from Undeclared ("Solid") to Veronica Mars ("We Used to Be Friends"). Their tunes crib wondrously from Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" (see "Every Day Should Be a Holiday") to The Stones' "Brown Sugar" ( check "Bohemian Like You"). "Horse Pills" is a better Cake parody than Weird Al's "Close But No Cigar." And despite their shallow reputation, they covered the debt-protesting "16 Tons" for their post-Occupy record This Machine (a Woody Guthrie reference, you think?). Regardless, they're funny and catchy, and Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, their album that best exemplifies their good traits, turns 13 this month. Now if only they'll keep the promise from "Welcome to the Monkey House" to cover "Blackbird."