In their new release, The Capitol Years: 1995-2007, the Dandy Warhols showcase some of their best work, with music from their first album in â€™95, Dandys Rule, Ok?, through their last release on Capitol Records, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars.
If anything, this compilation shows how wide-ranging their sound really is. Though most of their music probably falls in the psych-pop or psych-rock genres, the band also touches on fuzzed out, feedback-laden, shoegazer sounds on tracks like “Holding Me Upâ€ and â€œEveryday Should Be a Holiday,â€ which sounds like a slightly raunchy, 90â€™s version of a Beach Boys song. Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor sounds a bit like Iggy Pop or even Lou Reed on the dark song â€œGood Morningâ€ and then a bit like Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters with his upper-rangeÂ vocals on â€œWe Used to Be Friends.â€ The Dandys also pick up a bit of a grunge feel on â€œThis Is the Tide,â€ for which a new music video was just filmed.
Also featured is â€œScientist,â€ a synth-heavy, robotic, dance track co-written by Bowie (and boy can you tell!). Though some of the songs on the album were dull and probably throw-aways to begin with, there are a few top-notch tracks, like â€œNot If You Were the Last Junkie on Earthâ€ and â€œAll the Money or the Simple Life.â€
â€œJunkie,â€ which was written back in the bandâ€™s earlier days, is about Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, a band with whom the Dandys had a tumultuous relationship, due in most part to Newcombeâ€™s heroin addiction and the destructive behaviors that resulted; (More often than not, the band got into fistfights on stage, mid-performance, which were typically initiated by Newcombe.) Though these two bands were initially friends, this erratic behavior caused many problems between the two. It did, however, lead to a minor hit for The Dandy Warhols, who recorded a massive-budget music video with celebrity photographer David LaChapelle.
Though the Dandys have now moved on to a new label (Worldâ€™s Fair), a great deal of the bandâ€™s past exists during their time with Capitol. This album provides a great introduction to the Dandy Warhols, and is ideal for anyone new to the band.