THE DANDY WARHOLS
Words and photography by: Carey Quinton Haider
As seen in No Cigar Magazine issue 7
Photography spans the recording of "Earth To The Dandy Warhols" and "This Machine".
Photography taken in studio, home, and live sets of the band.
Courtney Taylor-Taylor; front man of The Dandy Warhols sits on his recording studio floor sipping wine and smoking on speed dial. What is about to come to light on an old boombox stashed in the corner is a rough mix of the bands tenth studio album This Machine. Thirteen years ago MTV and major label giant Capitol would be masturbating over a new Dandy's record. Courtney, Zia, Peter, and Fathead were the definition of cool with songs like Godless, Sleep, and Big Indian coming as a rock 'n roll savior when Grunge was running past its pull date. Supporting a platinum selling record, the band played sold out venues across the world. They say all that goes up must come down. Most bands who obtained these levels of success either end by breaking up or age and drugs gets the better half of them. The Dandy's instead kept it together with a blue collar mindset of recording and touring consistently before finally leaving Capitol a decade deep into their deal. Going back to the underground a record was released on Taylor-Taylor's newly founded label Beat The World before coming to indie label The End to release This Machine. As This Machine goes for a drive it feels like the sister to Thirteen tales From Urban Bohemia and could easily be the best Dandy's record in ten years. If the record industry had still known what is cool they would give it rock record of the year. Instead the mainstream has turned into a mockery of cookie cutter bands once again. The Dandy Warhols left the room at the perfect window and are able to make art without suits condescending intent. This is something that can be sensed in the record. It is real and sounds unique. Taylor-Taylor and gang wrote the songs in his home and their warehouse named Odditorium which is located in Portland, Oregon. I Am Free stands out on the record as being a good candidate for the first single and feels like an anthem where you want to rip your shirt off and road trip across America with your friends the summer time. On the opposite end of the record you have the song Slide that would be perfect for Ryan Gosling to drive a get away car in the pouring rain to. A few months after the record was mixed Taylor-Taylor reflected back and described each song in a sentence.
Sad Vacation - Fathead (Dandy Warhols drummer) wrote this.
The Autumn Carnival - This I wrote with David J (Bauhaus). We were talking about the Bradbury story "something wicked this way comes" and so we just decidided to write a song about it.
Enjoy Yourself - This was written by me and how I view getting older. I don't hate it but you do have to be a bit smarter and generally can't be as big of a fuck-up.
Alternative Power to the People - The keyboard scratching sound reminded me of old school rap and it also brought to mind how goofy it is for flaky neat-guy musicians to get all full of wind about politics.
Well They're Gone - Another girl that I thought would work out for me. It didn't.
Rest Your Head - Go to sleep. Worrying solves less problems than sleeping does.
16 Tons - This was an important song to me as a child and I happened to notice recently that they are the heaviest lyrics ever written.
I Am Free - When it comes to my music I do not give a fuck about or often even respect the opinions of others.... unless my music helps them cope with life.
SETI vs. The Wow! Signal - We are not alone.
Don't Shoot She Cried - Zia (Dandy Warhols key's) wrote this.
Slide - Fathead (Dandy Warhols drummer) wrote this.