Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: The Dandy Warhols' Why You So Crazy

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: The Dandy Warhols' Why You So Crazy

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I'm here to make you feel old. It's now nearly 20 years since the pleasing, laconic, Stones pastiche of 'Bohemian Like You' hit the charts, the breakthrough song of these faux-indie Portland slackers. They were ever a little despised, even then, partly for their pop sensibilities and partly because there is indeed something supremely irritating about them. Courtney Taylor-Taylor's confected, ironic vocals, for a start. Courtney Taylor-Taylor's name, for a second. Everything was a knowing pastiche, the catchy slabs of krautrock, the electronic noodling, the interminable hippy mantras. But they could write songs, at least -- and they were cutely inventive with noise.

Not much has changed -- neither the format nor the derision. Why You So Crazy has been slagged off all over the place. But there's plenty of pleasure to be had here nonetheless. …

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