Dandy Warhols News and Rumors Archive - February 2003

April 30, 2003 - mini-update 2
The official site has announced that the U.S. release of the album has been pushed back by Capitol two weeks, to August 5th. A lot of other updates have happened on the site as well, which I'll go through later.

April 30, 2003 - mini-update
I'm currently typing up the articles that appeared in X-Ray, Blam and Q. It will take a while, but they should be up soon, if I don't get too drunk during the task.

While I will go into more detail in a later update, a quick recap of reviews that are starting to pop up: Q Magazine and X-Ray both give Monkey House 4 out of 5 stars, NME has made We Used To Be Friends 'single of the week' and Dotmusic.com gives WUTBF the worst review of any I've seen yet, giving it a 6 out of 10.

Full reviews for all of these coming up, along with info on the limited edition Australian release of Monkey House (will be two disk) and a few other items.

April 29, 2003 - new show in Italy
Added a new show to the Upcoming Concerts menu. This one is June 1st in Bologna, Italy.

And forget all that I said about where the UTBF video was played first. A lot of people have seen it in various places around the globe in the past 1 1/2 to 2 weeks, it just wasn't mentioned.

April 28, 2003 - "limited edition" monkey house release in Europe
Play.com has for pre-order a cd which they describe as "Dandy Warhols - Welcome To The Monkey House (Limited Edition Includes Bonus DVD)". I currently have no other information about this, but will see what I can find. Also, for those that want to order it, they only ship to Europe.

April 28, 2003 - Brent got DirectTV!;U.K. mags., video
Very humorous ad on Dandysrule2 today, which I do think is a legit ad. The ad is a pop-up ad for DirectTV and features Brent. Currently no idea if it was approved or just a picture someone found of Brent. The ad is at http://akweb.whenu.com/pop_up/pop_imgs/wux_mdish303.jpg.

We Used To Be Friends has been playing on MTV2 in the U.K. for the past week, I hear.

The Dandy Warhols have recently appeared in the following magazines and I would like to get copies of the text if anyone wants to send it to me. If you don't want to type, you can just send a high-quality picture or scan of the article and I can type it. The magazines are:
NME (not sure if most recent issue. Small article/piece in back)
Seventeen (not sure if this is U.K. or U.S. edition, or both. Has Beyonce Knowles on the cover)
Rock Sounds (U.K. issue - May 2003, issue 48)

April 27, 2003 - Oz items
Two items from the former British prison camp:

Triple J radio in Australia has listed Welcome To The Monkey House as their feature album of the week.

Juice TV, which is the New Zeland equivalent of MTV, played the video for We Used To Be Friends last night. All indications have that being the first appearance of the video outside of DandyWarhols.com.

Update: Ruth, on DR2, mentions that the video has been being played on Australian TV for about a week or so now. So, my past "indications" were wrong.

By the way, I've forgotten to add credits the past few days. Robert let me know about the Anton spat (which hasn't really advanced any farther yet. Anton today did complain about the band covering Stars and not crediting him as well, which is bullshit. I've never seen a copy of the album with Stars that didn't credit him). Adam from DR2 sent in the Juice TV info, and Haggis from DR2 mentioned the Triple J album of the week portion.

April 26, 2003 - BJM upset at Courtney
Anton Newcombe, the lead singer of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, who has been very close friends with the band in the past, is not a happy camper about the similarities between the BJM song "Free" and the new DW track "I Am Sound". On the Brian Jonestown Massacre group over at Yahoo (similar to Dandysrule2), Anton made the two recent posts yesterday/today:

i downloaded the dandys track.what was that guy
thinking.i left a phone call for courtney at his
house.i gave him the option of calling me by
tuesday,or talking to my lawyers after that.boy he
really stepped in it.does anyone know if he credited
me in the liner notes?

Followed by:

dear freinds,
if you think i should just sit back as someone
collects advances(publishing and recording funds)and
record one of my songs without asking or(by law)paying
me(or,frankie or christopher tucker)with a stupid
fucking mohawk,in his ivory tower and get away with
it?nope,christopher and i both have kids.our music
belongs to them.i am pissed and i know christopher is
too.if you believe he ripped us off,write him and tell
him he is in trouble.
here is his e-mail:(deleted by Slabtown.net)
write capitol,and tell them they are about to recall
the new dandys album.
or do nothing as these people steal the very food from
our babies mouths.
anton alfred newcombe

Anyway, no word yet on what is going on beyond this. Anyone who has heard the two songs sadly knows that Anton has the basis for a case, as they are very, very similar. I'll be keeping as much of an eye on this as I can (I am not part of the BJM group, and I don't know if I want to even bother joining it just to follow this story), and will update if anything else comes out of it.

By the way, if you want to download "Free," it is at http://members.aol.com/stontpilot/free.mp3 ... the silly part is that BJM fans really seem to think Free is better. Even without my DW biased, it just isn't as good at all.

April 25, 2003 - U.K. appearance info: tonight (probably not);May 7;May 9
So far, for todays news, it is all about appearances in the U.K. (though I haven't finished reading my email yet), with both items being e-mailed in from Sally in London.

First off, there have been reports that the Dandy Warhols were scheduled to be on BBC One tonight at 10:40pm (2:40pm West Coast U.S. Time) on the Johnathan Ross show, but this was updated by Adam on Dandysrule2 to say that it has been rescheduled for May 9th. Checking the homepage for BBC One, they list Feeder as playing on tonights show. Since it is this late in everything (Show set to start in less than 2 hours), no way to check anything, so if you get a chance, you might try watching the show tonight and seeing if it is on, but it does sound like the best bet is that it is now on May 9th.

Now, on something that is still down the line... A while back, it was mentioned here that the band will be appearing on Xfm radio on May 7th. More info on this is on the Xfm homepage, where it is mentioned that they will be on the ZoŽ Ball show, and you can send in questions to be asked. To submit your question, fill out the form they have on their website at http://www.xfm.co.uk/webClient?guid=51254&site=xfm&rs=.

And last but not least, I have received a fair amount of information on articles that the band is in recently (and some older articles sent in to go through), so I'll get to those when I can. At the very least, I'll try to get the new ones up first.

April 24, 2003 - even more single info;item from article;Monkey House pre-orders.
Another pre-order place, Eil.com, says that the b-side for the vinyl WUTBF single will be "Call Me," which is not the same as what hmv.co.uk is saying. No word yet on who is right.

The current UK issue of Rock Sounds, which I think I forgot to mention here that I'm looking for, has a two page interview with Peter in it. Nothing spetacular in it, but Peter does mention that the video for The Last High might be shot in a "Duran Rio-Style" and include a Nick Rhodes cameo. Before you take this as being fact, remember the emphasis on "might be shot"... Thanks to Paul on Dandysrule2 for this info. Hopefully I'll be able to get a copy of the full article up soon.

On Amazon.co.uk, Welcome To The Monkey House is currently ranked #13 on the top 25 pre-orders list, where it has at least been as high as #12 (the chart is updated once an hour. Check it out yourself if you wish). Thanks to Tim for letting me know about this. I didn't even think about checking the page. On a related note, while I was there, I Checked the top pre-ordered singles and WUTBF isn't in the top 25.

April 23, 2003 - More on the WUTBF single
Saw this on hmv.co.uk yesterday, but didn't get around to updating it, so here it is (Peter Allison also mentioned it on Dandysrule2):

The yellow 7" vinyl single will have as it's b-side a "new" version of Minnesoter, the "Thee Slayer Hippie Mix".

The DVD-Single, which by the way, I have basically been assured won't play on non-European DVD players due to region coding (It being a region 2 disk), will contain the video for We Used To Be Friends, a video of footage called "An Introduction To The Dandy Warhols" and two remixes of older songs. One will be the Boston Dave mix of Boho and the other is the same Thee Slayer Hippy mix that is on the vinyl single.

Another report later possibly, though not of anything of importance.

April 21, 2003 - B-sides for UTBF
God, I'm pumped about this, if my info is right (and I expect it is)...

The long-rumored cover of Blondies classic Call Me is going to be a b-side for the We Used To Be Friends single, along with a track called "Relax"... no word if this is a cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood song or the Who song, or an original song.

Update: Got confirmation that Relax is positively the Frankie Goes To Hollywood song. While I am sure most people know this song, to read the lyrics to it, go to http://www.lyricsdomain.com/lyrics/10220/. I will make pages for "Relax" tonight or tomorrow and update the Call Me pages.

April 21, 2003 - UTBF ad;BBC;Japan
a few quick things:

Conor in Japan says that just yesterday, Japanese record stores are saying that the Japanese release will not be out until May 13th. Still no word from any distributors that I talk to about it being later than expected, but I trust that the Japanese would know when they are getting product in local.

Got confirmation from a couple people that the ad with We Used To Be Friends on it is for Sky One T.V. itself.

One of those who confirmed, Gary, also added that the single has been added to the playlist for BBC's Radio 1 station. Currently it is on the C-List, which is the lowest level of the lists, I believe. This really isn't a bad thing though, when you consider that the single still doesn't come out until 2 weeks from today. I figured that it would be played closer to the actual release of the single, so that people who liked it at first could buy it immediately on hearing it, and not get "bored" of the song in the two weeks before it is released. One reason I figure that it might be being put on their playlist now is just due to word-of-mouth building pretty good for the song and album. Courtney mentioned to me a few weeks ago that the buzz was pretty big at the time, and was really excited, so many they just figured they would use this as part of a judgement of how it is. Either way, It's on the C-List there (where, after looking at the full list on their website, it is pretty common to start playing a song that much earlier than its release. Guess that is what I get for not listening to radio ever.)

April 20, 2003 - The Sellout begins
First off, that subject for this post is a joke. I don't consider the band a sellout for anything they have done.

XFM radio today in the U.K. talked about how the new single has already been used in an advertisement. No word yet on what product it was for. If anyone knows, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for writing in with that, Claire.

Update: On Dandysrule2, Kev confirmed the song being played during an ad on Sky One. No word currently on if it was an ad FOR Sky One, or if that was just where the ad was seen. Hopefully more info coming, but probably not today.

April 20, 2003 - band "anniversary"
Today marks the 9th anniversary since the first Warhols show "on record" happened in Portland, back in 1994. Personally though, I will be considering June 20th as the official anniversary day of the band, since that will be 9 years since Zia played her first show with the band, and essentially formed what would be the original "real" incarnation of the band, with the four members sticking together until their last show almost 4 years later when Eric Hedford left the band (last show on March 8, 1998) and Brent DeBoer was brought in.

April 19, 2003 - Jack White
OK, so I have been slacking off this week, and now I get to play catch-up with what is in my mailbox.

Jack White, from The White Stripes, recently did an interview for The Onion, which featured the following question and answer:

O: There is the mindset that it's so hard to get heard these days that doing an ad is as much promotion for the act as it is for the product.
JW: We've had that kind of discussion, where people would say, "Oh, this cell-phone commercial in Europe broke this band. You guys should do it." It's very hard to say, "No, I'd rather not get famous from a cell-phone commercial." It's hard to make those decisions.

I would say that the odds are pretty strong that they are talking about the Dandys and Vodafone of course, but I sure wouldn't say that overall that ad campaign was what "broke" the band big. Anyway, nothing overly important, but an interesting quote by him.
Thanks to Ted Steger for sending in the quote and link.

Nate mentioned on Dandysrule2 last week an article from Rollingstone.com about Welcome To The Monkey House. No groundbreaking new information, but at least Peter talks in it! Read it here.

April 18, 2003 - New show added
Added a show to the Upcoming Concerts page, for June 11 in Copenhagen, Denmark. I haven't checked the web for ticket info, so that will be added later. Or maybe the official site has it. I haven't gone to check to see if the show is listed yet there.

April 15, 2003 - Small mention in RS
Well, if I had checked my mail a few days ago, I would have gotten this up sooner, but no problem. Anyway, the latest U.S. issue of Rolling Stone magazine had a short 3-4 sentence piece about the band being in the studio for Welcome To The Monkey House. Nothing new in the article, but you can read it if you want.

April 13, 2003 - UTBF UK single info (vinyl & DVD)
The ever resourceful Peter Allison had some new comments about the single for We Used To Be Friends on DR2.

The vinyl version, talked about before, will be yellow and is listed for a March 28th release (which is already passed). As mentioned before, the lowest pre-order price I've seen is at Opal Music, at 1.95 pounds.

The single will be released in some sort of 2-disc DVD set as well. Peter said this was common in the U.K., but I've never dealt with it, so I'm not sure exactly how it works. The info on the DVD, including pre-orders, is at http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=243364

On a Slabtown note, keep an eye on the Site Updates page in the next day or two for new articles. I have 25 "new" (circa 1995-2000) articles typed up and just need to format them over to the sites layout. I plan on doing it tonight, but not sure if I will get them all done.

April 13, 2003 - Filter article
Added theFilter article. Thanks to Alancrashcarstar for typing it up. He is to be a regular here once I get off my ass and make his accounts.

April 12, 2003 - UTBF release confusion; new section added to site; "old" MH tour poster
This one is for the nit-pickers out there...
While looking around more, I noticed that amazon.com has 3 versions of We Used To Be Friends available for pre-order, all with different AISN #'s and with different release dates. Two of them are said to be released by "EMI/Capitol" and come out APril 28th and May 5th, both of which are no surprise. The third one is released by "EMI Intl." and is set for release April 22nd, just a little over a week away. The May 5th is the U.K. one of course, and the April 28th I would suspect is the Australian release, but no idea what the April 22nd one might be, unless its a Japanese single release, which I haven't heard anything about before. The Japanese release has been slated by some importers as being April 23rd.

Researching more, www.cduniverse.com has the pre-orders listed as the EMI Intl. coming out April 22 (with no country listed as an origin), the April 28th single being from Australia and the May 5th being from Holland.

Told you it was unimportant stuff.

Also, I'm in the middle of adding a new section. Sorta. In the same vein of concert reviews, I'm now going to be adding concert previews (articles before a concert). I have 7 of them written up from around 2000, but the first one to actually go live is for an upcoming show, May 26, 2003 in Brussels, Belgium. Of course, as an added bonus, that article is not in english, so 1) I have no idea what it says and 2) you probably have no idea what it says. If you can translate it, write to me.

And, while those who are on Dandysrule2 saw this over a month ago (I forgot to mention it here. It has been uploaded onto the site since March 5th), here is the "new" poster for the opening leg of the European tour:

April 10, 2003 - Round three
OK, the cover is up with a modification, which I am sure you will be able to guess what it is:

April 9, 2003 - cover removed again;
I was asked to remove the cover for the new album again, which is no problem to me. If you still want to see it, various EMI sites around the world have it.

Got word from David, who was the one who interviewed Zia, that the Homes & Interiors was a joke between Zia and himself. That is too bad, really, since that would be one fucking funny article! Hehe, maybe it will lead to something similar really happening.

April 8, 2003 - Zia interview; copyright protection; Japan; Australia; album cover
Another big day on Dandysrule2 and other sources, so lets get started.
David, on Dandysrule2, did an interview with Zia yesterday and posted some of the highlights. So, here are the highlights of the highlights:
Yes, there are two versions of the album coming out.
The band won't be appearing at any of the English festivals this summer, as they will be stateside all summer.
There will be an article in Homes & Interior magazine called "The Odditorium: Why MTV Cribs sucks Ass!" No confimration on this, but could be true.
Zia and Travis will be having children but in a timeline down the road.

Look for the full interview to show up sometime soon.

As many people have found out, the promo copies of the album and the single both have copyright protection of sorts, as you can't play them on your computer without installing special software, most of the time. I don't think this is a big deal, but some people are not happy about it.

On non-dandysrule2 news, the saga of the Japanese release continues. Conor reports in again to say that the HMV Japan site says that it is coming out May 3rd. When I went to the site (hmv.co.jp), I saw it say April 23rd. Curiouser and curiouser....

Apparently I forgot to post this here, though I mentioned it on DR2. I saw in a pre-order that the Australia release of We Used To Be Friends was moved up to May 3rd. But, since then, I've seen that it might actually come out April 25th. Am checking more.

And last but not least, here is what is believed to be the final cover for Welcome To The Monkey House, from EMI Australia:
Deleted by request

April 7, 2003 - We Used To Be Friends cover art
A friend of Slabtown sent me the final cover art for We Used To Be Friends:

April 6, 2003 - Monkeyhouse performance;Japan release
Been AWOL the past few days, so haven't been any updates, but caught up on my email now, so here is some new stuff. It is all from Dandysrule2, since my official messageboard pissedoff-ness continues:

Conor, who is living in Japan, went to the Amazon.co.jp homepage and did some rudimentary translating and mentions that the page appears to say that the album will be out May 14th there. Will have to check on this some more. I hope this info is wrong, because I don't want to wait until May to get a real copy of the album, and to publish some of the things I have been waiting to post. Also, the "bonus track" might just be a version of Boho.

Nate posted a file to the Dandysrule2 file section of what might be the first performance of Welcome To The Monkey House (the song, not the album), when it was played in Portland at a show at The Ohm on August 20, 1999. You have to be a member of Dandysrule2 to download it.

On a non-DR2 note, the infamous Alancrashcarstar sent in a typed version of the first half of the Filter article, and I will be publishing the whole thing when it is done.

April 2, 2003 - Triple J playing Used To Be Friends
Haggis, on Dandysrule2, wrote in to say that Australian mega-station Triple J will be adding the We Used To Be Friends single to their higest-rotation playlist this Friday, meaning major airplay on their station.

April 1, 2003 - MH title changes
Sandstrong25 on Dandysrule2 mentioned something that was noticed on the official site, which is that some of the track listings have been changed. None of these are confirmed, and Sean over at the official site is addmitedly someone who will post wrong info on purpose, but here are the current changes:
I Am A Scientist -> Scientist
I Am Over It -> Over It
Insincere Because I -> Insincere

I'll update the page with the changes sometime down the line. Don't feel like it right now.