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!