The Capitol Years is simply a collection of The Dandy Warhols’ “greatest hits” from their time with Capitol Records. While “greatest” is a bit of a misnomer, with the exception of 1997’s "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth", which garnered some serious attention, their songs have had little dent in the mainstream musical conscious. But despite their low-radar status, The Dandy Warhols have consistently released albums that have been critically praised, earning them some high-profile love including an opening gig for David Bowie per his personal request, and collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Evan Dando, Mark Knopfler, and the Heartbreakers Mike Campbell.
The Dandy Warhols’ music owes a huge debt of gratitude to both the Velvet Underground’s gritty, psychedelic pop and the synth-pop mastery of Duran Duran and New Order. They have always toed a line somewhere in between. They combine sludgy guitar, with dark synth beats, and the results are gloriously disturbing; a brooding mess that exists in a land born of Lou Reed’s Transformer and Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, and would surely make Brian Eno smile.
The Dandy Warhols' The Capitol Years 1995-2007 is a reminder of this shimmering post-punk genius.
The Capitol Years 1995-2007 is out now on Capitol Records.