The Dandy Warhols – Dandys Rule OK? (1996)

This is an album to get lost in. Dandys Rule OK? marks the beginning of my love affair with Portland, Oregon band The Dandy Warhols. Though technically the charade started with their well known single “Bohemian Like You”; the rate at which I fell for their debut solidified The Dandy’s position in my top ten for many, many years.

Weirdly this re-review coincides with a new release, their relatively under-exposed ninth album This Machine, out now on Beat the World. It’s hard to put down in words how much they’ve changed over time. Generally people deduce their knowledge of the band from their heyday Capitol years – if that’s you, you’re in for a surprise here.

Dandys Rule OK? is all stoner rock and giant dirges made out of the stuff The Brian Jonestown Massacre lived on for decades. There’s even an epic three track closer called “It's a Fast-Driving Rave-Up With the Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes ...” In fact it’s so similar to Anton Newcombe et al, you half wonder whether notorious commercial driver and front man Courtney Taylor-Taylor specifically designed The Dandy Warhols’ pop era to distance them from their hedonistic routes. Writing that out makes it seem all the more blatant. The Dandy’s post Black Album material may be brilliantly constructed fun, but listening to their debut exposes how conceived it all is. Dandys Rule OK? is straight from the band’s underbelly.

The danger of creating such a rip-roaring album is that the songs might become indistinguishable. Thankfully “Ride”, “(This Song Is Called) Lou Weed”, “The Coffee and TV Wrecks” and “Genius” stand firmly apart, legs spread, while “Grunge Betty”, “Best Friend” and “Not Your Bottle” unwittingly fuse their hair pieces together. It’s cohesive and comprehensive; the kind of album you can make a mixtape out of without threatening the overall feel. In that respect, Dandys Rule OK? is The Dandy Warhols at their best.

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2 Responses to “The Dandy Warhols – Dandys Rule OK? (1996)”

  1. Justin 22/02/2012 at 1:46 pm #

    “this re-review coincides with a new release, their relatively under-exposed ninth album This Machine, out now on Beat the World.”

    Unless I was mistaken in what you meant, at the apparet time you posted this article, Freb. 13, This Machine isn’t out yet (April 24 is the date) and it is on The End Records, not Beat The World.

    • Tiffany Daniels 22/02/2012 at 2:48 pm #

      Hey Justin, I’ll look into this but alongside the Dandys press release I found a few sources quoting Beat the World – perhaps it’s different in the UK?

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