The Dandy Warhols were combative brats on the front lines of the indie-pop scene, in the mid-90’s when teen angst was all the rage, and keyboards couldn’t be taken seriously. They were writing cute ditties about drugs, sexual revolution, and of course the in evitable heartbreak that comes along with life as a human being. They injected pop music with a dose of real world pragmatism.
The Portland, Oregon natives have been playing together since 1994, at least the core triumvirate of Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Zia McCabe, and Peter Holstrom has been sticking it out since then. The Dandy’s rose quickly in the Portland scene with their high-energy shows, laced with nudity and the occasional profanity filled rant from Taylor-Taylor.
The band finally gained national attention with the release of their 1997 debut album The Dandy Warhols Come Down, and the unfettered success of their first single “Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”. To go back and watch that video now, you can actually see the birth of modern hipster snark and sarcasm come into being, live on YouTube, right before your very eyes. In 2001, they were launched into the stratosphere with the release their follow-up album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, which produced the monster hit single “Bohemian Like You”.
They, along with fellow Portland band Brian Jonestown Massacre, were the subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Dig!, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. And more recently they did a re-arrangement of the theme music to the popular cable show Mythbusters.
Approaching middle-age, the band continues to record (their last release being 2012’s The Machine) and tour (albeit mostly non-nude nowadays), but they still deliver the same level of high energy and high intensity shows as they always have.
You can catch The Dandy Warhols tonight at Mercury Ballroom. Tickets are still on-sale, they’re $27.25 a piece. The show starts at 8:00 PM and The Warlocks open.