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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 collection from the Alt-Rock favorites. The Dandy Warhols have sold over two million albums worldwide while still remaining close to their Portland roots and far away from the mechanics of the music industry. The Dandy Warhols' The Capitol Years 1995-2007 features 14 of their most popular tunes from their years with the historic Capitol Records label, plus one all-new never before heard bonus track! Features We Used To Be Friends, Bohemian Like You, Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth and more.

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It's in pop music's essential nature to be fickle, so it's a fortunate band indeed whose individual albums are treasured long after they were made: a Sticky Fingers, Sgt Pepper's or Nevermind is a rare beast. More often the only way anyone but die-hard fans remember defunct bands is through their singles, and therefore the only truly important album most acts ever release is their greatest hits. So what will the Best of the Capitol Years, The Dandy Warhols' likeliest stab at immortality, say to music fans of the future?

Probably that the Portlanders weren't terribly original, and certainly that they were wildly inconsistent. But the band was–just occasionally–capable of writing glittering pop gems. The opener here, Boys Better, provides first proof: buried under its layers of grimy guitar and droning FX are the unmistakeable contours of a brilliant tune, melodically instant and rhythmically insistent. It's soon followed by the fantastically titled Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth, a sneering, preening, smart-arse attack on drugs chic with a "heroin is so passé" chorus so addictively catchy it became a freak UK hit in 1998.

That sneer rapidly became the band's trademark: all the best Warhols songs find frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor savaging an ex-friend or girlfriend. It's this sneer that makes Bohemian Like You–their only smash hit–much more ambiguous and interesting than its slacker anthem reputation suggests. It's also the same sneer that propels the glitchy, twitchy, seven-inchy genius of We Used to Be Friends, a gaudy pop song with barely concealed loathing behind its insincere smile.

Sadly, it's that same insincerity which means that when their pop instincts fail them, the band become distinctly unloveable. Scientist–titled I Am a Scientist on their Welcome to the Monkey House album; this is the version from the band's ... Are Sound LP–is plain lousy, its flimsy puns and irksomely ironic hip hop flourishes adding up to a joke that falls horribly flat. Even worse is All the Money or the Simple Life Honey: not so much a parody of Rolling Stones honky tonk as a parody of Primal Scream's parody of the Stones.

There are other minor pleasures to be found here. Get Off boasts a breezy lollop and easy hummability, while the Slowdive-indebted Good Morning summons up a deliciously lazy, hazy atmosphere. But minor is the right word, and–those handful of almost accidental gems aside–the Best of the Capitol Years seems unlikely to trouble future pop historians greatly.

--Jaime Gill

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Morgan on 31 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Here is the long overdue "best of" package from the vastly underrated band, The Dandy Warhols! Once you put this in your car stereo, you aren't going to want to take it out. Every song on this album is tremendous! There is no let down on this CD at all, it just keeps coming at you with great song after great song. The Dandy Warhols are pretty solid with every track on every album that they've put out, including those that aren't on the Capitol label, but this package takes the cream off the top and puts it all down on one CD. Buy this CD, you'll love it, then go back and buy each individual CD and you will NOT be disappointed. And then, once you are fully immersed in all that are The Dandy Warhols, go check them out in concert because that's an experience that you will not want to miss either. If I have any complaint regarding this CD it's that it's not a double CD because they could have easily filled this with twice as many songs and not missed a beat, but pick this up and you will be very glad that you did!!! Next up, I'd like to see the Deluxe re-issue of "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" with bonus tracks and demos (I agree with the previous review that it's one of the best albums ever, by anyone), then the definitive "live" album and in-between a new album would keep everyone happy!! Is that too much to ask?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. White on 20 July 2010
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this is a great introduction to a very under rated band. has all the essential tracks such as 'bohemian like you' and 'we used to be friends' to other gems such as 'godless'. also couldnt help noticing that the tracks are in chronological order therefore showing the progress the band makes. order this along side their album '13 tales from urban bohemia' (which is one of my favourite ever albums) and you will be a converted dandy fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grev VINE VOICE on 15 May 2011
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I put off buying this for ages, as being a big Dandy's fan there was only one song on here I didn't already have: This is the Tide.

Which means I'm a total idiot.

It's not often I fall in love with a band, and the Dandys were my last so far - I've been in love with 'em since the summer of '97 when Come Down was released, which was a typical Dandys album: half the tracks were derivative genius, and the other half weren't. But when push comes to shove, all you need to know about the Dandys is this - even when lead singer Courtney is so spliffed out of his skull that he actually weaves his way to the microphone stand at the start of a gig, the Dandys are the last band in town that actually seem to know how to have FUN, which these days seems to be a dying art.

These days even I'll admit that the Dandy's glory days (such as they were) are past them, their albums being mainly for fans with occasional flashes of inspired genius thrown in for good measure. But screw that. If you're a long time Dandy's fan then many of the tracks on here appear to be alternative takes of the ones you already know and love - three of the first four appear to be from the Black Album, once the Dandy's lost album (they blew all their advance having fun, Capitol hated the results and told them to start again, resulting in the Come Down album) which so far as I know is still only available from their website. Which means that if you're a long time fan, the alternative takes mean that this album will make you believe the Dandys are still alive and raring to go.

Face it, even if you've got no idea who the Dandy Warhols are, there'll be at least one song on here that you already know. Everyone on earth likes at least one Dandy Warhols song. You just didn't know who it was by!
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By Dave R TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2014
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Straight away, I need to point out that I am a big DW fan - have been since about '97. Seen 'em four or five times, including a memorable gig at Nottingham Rock City when the band came out to chat to the few remaining members of the audience & pass out button badges.

The problem is, this album barely scratches the surface of their works. It is a handy place to have (some of) their singles in one place (& the new track), but for me, they have produced much better works than their singles (but that is always going to be a subjective call). What about "Ride", "Lou Weed", "Genius" "Sixteen Minutes" & that's just off the first album!! Why haven't they included anything off the first album at all ????

Don't get me wrong, every track is strong in it's own right. I'd rate them all as a 4 or 5 star taken individually, but as a whole I feel that they missed a trick - this should have been a double (or even triple) anthology. Maybe chucked in a few remixes/alternative versions for the fans. As it is, this collection is probably useful for someone who has heard "Bohemian" & wonders what the rest of their stuff is like.

My tip - if you're new to the Dandys, buy this. If, however, you've heard a few more tracks, maybe "Holiday", "Junkie" "Boys Better", "Used To Be Friends" - go out & buy the first four albums, in that order - you will not regret it. And yes, I did buy a copy of this - & it now languishes in my collection. I didn't even bother ripping it to my i-pod.
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By Stormin on 13 Jan 2014
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Remember seeing the dandy warhols in Southampton in a tiny little room back in 96. Brings back very fun memories of a great night.
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