The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994. The band was founded by lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor, keyboardist Zia McCabe, guitarist Peter Holmström, and drummer Eric Hedford. Hedford left in 1998 and was later replaced by Taylor-Taylor's cousin Brent De Boer. The band's name is a pun on the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol.
The Dandy Warhols are strongly influenced by The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Shadows, and The Rolling Stones. Front man Courtney Taylor-Taylor describes the band's beginning as a group of friends who "needed music to drink to."
The Dandy Warhols performed live shows in bars throughout Portland and released their first album, Dandys Rule OK? on Tim/Kerr Records in 1995. This album was influential in Capitol Records' decision to sign the band.
The band first achieved success in Europe after the release of their second record ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down in 1997. The promotional video for lead single "Not If You Were The Last Junkie on Earth" was directed by celebrity fashion photographer David LaChapelle and it earned them acclaim outside the United States. The band,...