Courtney's track-by-track guide to Odditorium

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Colder Than The Coldest Winter:
“There was this interview we did where we were feedind the journalist all these lies, like how The Dandys influenced all these ols bluesmen. This is about us thinking they actually believed us.”

Love Is The New Feel Awful:
“Quintessential Dandys, that we all know and love.”

“The first song we wrote, which builds on the work we laid down for Monkeyhouse.”

All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey:
“This is about the realisation that for all the money and the fame, your trade-off is 20-hour workdays.”

The New Country:
“The real-estate agent whol sold us a house plays banjo on this track.”

Holding Me Up:
“This is about being an alcoholic, and about that point when you realise your partner is no longer holding you up emotionally, but simply holding you up outside the bar.”

Did You Make A Song With Otis:
(several deep sighs) “Otis is a dog.”

Everyone Is Totally Insane:
“You know how you forget that no matter how fucked-up and crazy your circle of friends are, your parents always manage to outdo them somehow?”

Smoke It:
“Fairly self-explanatory, it’s basically a self-help book.”

Down Like Disco:
“A record label isn’t one person, there are people who have saved my life and who I love, and there are people who are just looking to do whatever the bare minimum is to kep theit jobs. this song is about the latter.”

There Is Only This Time:
“I remember laying on the couch one day just waiting for Zia, and tripping out and repeating the line ‘There is only this time’ over and over like a mantra.”

A Loan Tonight:
“This came out of one long, very comfortable jam we did together.”

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Dandys Rule OK (1995)
Unfocused, sprawling debut album notable for the piledriving classic ‘TV Theme Song’, an awful lot of stoned noodling and pretty much sod-all else.

Come Down (1997)
Suddenly discovering the key to the tunes cupboard, The Dandys rolled out early hits ‘Junkie’ and ‘Everyday Should Be A Holiday’ and turned into the psychedelic rock band from Planet Freakysex we’d always hoped they’d be.

Thirteen Tales... (2000)
Initially ignored until Vodafone picked up on ‘Bohemian Like You’, ‘Thirteen tales..’ is packed fuller with huge pop stonkers than Mike Skinner’s pants are with Radio 1 hardware.

Welcome To The Monkeyhouse (2003)
Some sort of Duran Duran overdose clearly went down, as The Dandys’ fourth effort largely eschewed the swirling guitars for swathes of 80s synths and the haedy smell of fresh yacht.