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The Dandy Warhols’ ‘Distortland’

Latest Record Gives Mixed Moments


On their latest record, the Dandys dissipate. “Search Party,” “Semper Fidelis,” and “Doves” work; “STYGGO” lyrically rips off Tommy James and the Shondells — married to a Stones “Miss You” disco beat. Meanwhile, the dulcet toned “Give” gives us a bit more. “You Are Killing Me” is a mundane affair, but the video featuring Andy Warhol’s cult “superstar” actor Joe Dallesandro (ravaged by time and looking a helluva lot like The Fall‘s Mark. E. Smith on an epic bender) typing his memoirs while plagued by furries and a slyly Dylan-referencing tarantula is a hoot! On the swanky “All the Girls in London,” a hoarse-voiced, kinky Courtney Taylor-Taylor tries — and fails — to be Ray Davies. Although not without its moments, Distortland proves that, nowadays, the passé Dandys don’t rule OK.

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