So Misunderstood: The Dandy Warhols

On Monday, a letter came to the office addressed jointly to Y-Rock’s Operations Manager, Music Director and me. It was addressed to WXPN’s old location, which isn’t uncommon though is still perplexing. Inside was a long, cardstock envelope that looked like it should contain a Bar Mitzvah invitation. Inside that was the hand-written and signed note you see above. The Dandy Warhols (well, two of them, anyway) were in town a few weeks ago and recorded an in-studio session and did a radio takeover, playing some of their favorite songs and artists. Though I was not in the building, I heard that the guys were extremely friendly and easygoing. Not what you might expect, but probably what you should expect.

Unfortunately, The Dandys have gotten a bad reputation. A really bad reputation, to be precise. Most people know what they know about the band from the 2004 documentary “DiG!”, in which The Dandys are presented in a less-than favorable light alongside their rivals/counterparts, The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Though I’ve always liked The Dandys more than the BJM, that’s just a matter of musical taste. Sure, both groups fell out of the spotlight when their output became more experimental, but The Dandy Warhols never really got the attention that they deserved.

I’m pretty sure that I’m the only person who genuinely enjoyed their most recent album, …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…, and while all of their discs have at least one song that could have been shorter, the entire records are always great listens. Check out Thirtheen Tales From Urban Bohemia or Welcome To The Monkey House for starters before delving into their deeper stuff. You won’t be sorry, and maybe they’ll send you a nice letter thanking you for giving them a chance.

Listen: The Dandy Warhols – “All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey” from Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars


~ by E. on June 10, 2009.

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