A Highly Specific Analysis of the Dandy Warhols’ New Single

Yes. The Dandy Warhols. They’re Back. And Here’s Why You May Care.

By Hadley Tomicki ·
Remember the Dandy Warhols, those Portland-exported indie darlings of the late ’90s and early aughts?


Anyway, those guys are back with a new album today named Distortland. The first single’s a mellow number called “You Are Killing Me.” And since no one buys music anymore, the only appropriate response is to listen to the thing and strip it down for parts.

So here goes.

Last time you thoughtfully contemplated this band’s existence: 2003, in that nutso documentary Dig.

Song everyone will most likely confuse this one with when adding to playlists: “You’re Killing Me” by Chicosci, the five-piece out of Manila. It will be a valuable lesson in using apostrophes.

Actual Andy Warhol superstar appearing in this song’s video: Trash actor and living “Walk on the Wild Side” lyric subject Joe Dallesandro.

General theme: Someone is killing melodic lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Metaphorically.

Appropriate speed and direction of head movement while listening to said song: Mid-tempo, side-to-side.

Most likely words alt-rock critics will deploy to describe the lead guitar riff: Fuzzily staccato. Repetitive works, too.

Point with the most unfulfilled potential for an explosion of full-on rocking: 0:39 seconds into the song.

Number of executable foot-taps throughout the song’s duration: 621.

Best song component: Harmonious female backing vocals.

Odds that you’ll still be more interested in whatever the Brian Jonestown Massacre is doing once it’s over: High.

Where you can actually hear “You Are Killing Me” and make your own decisions about it: Well, right here.
Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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