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Dandy Warhols, "We Used to be Friends," Welcome to the Monkey House.

Dandy Warhols, "We Used to be Friends," Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)

The Dandys' fourth full-length release if nothing else confirms how firmly their roots are imbedded in the Velvet Underground, peeling the cover to The Velvet Underground and Nico, and with the assistance of ace producer Nick Rhodes slimming their heavily techno-ized sound down to inner banana essentials. Monkey House roams the post-No Age landscape with hypnotic dance numbers like "Wonderful You"; plays on anthemic Britpop with a gentle swipe at Thorn "Kid A" Yorke, "There must be some kind of message/Simple but somehow impressive/Anyone who can think of something/Come on now just express it/All of us sing about it" ("Plan A"); or a satirical response to Thomas Dolby, "Scientist".

Leader/vocalist/guitarist/writer Courtney Taylor-Taylor is supported by Zia McCabe (keys/bass), Peter Loew (guitar), and Brent DeBoer (drums/vocals) in a trance-ending melange of loping space trips ("Insincere") and mid-octane rockers ("The Last High" and "The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone"), always melodic, always tightly structured--no wayward cosmic effects from this group. While it doesn't appear that the Dandys have embraced the totality of the Velvets' underground experience ("Walk on the Wild Side," "Heroin"), they're no angels. Check out the intro to "I Am Over It": "Let's see if we can do this in one toke, er, take ..."
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Publication:Sensible Sound
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Date:Apr 1, 2004
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