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The Dandy Warhols — Godless
Album: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 3964









Released: 2000
Length: 5:34
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Hey I said you're godless and
It seems like you're a soulless friend
As spotless as you were back then
I swear that you are godless
Hey I guess you're lonely when
I gave you all it took so then
A stranger there is ever been
I guess, it's what you wanted
Of late, it seems lonely I would be
I begged, I plead
But this is all that I have gotten
Hey as for the day my friend
To hope that you could ever bend
I swear you are, I swear you are
I swear, that you are godless
Hey I said you're godless
Hey and you're a soulless friend
Hey I said you're heartless
And I swear, I swear
Godless
Godless
you're godless
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never ages.
With opening guitar strum I thought this was a My Sweet Lord cover by someone like Jesus and Mary Chain. Love it.
This one, with a few more listens, could go even higher. It just delivers more and more each play. 
 janac13 wrote:
That horn line sounds just like Ed Kuepper from the late 80's
 

Dont know this album from Kuepper but for sure this song could be on "Prehistoric sound", the great album from the Saints. It sound exactly the same, but it's oK, it's a very good song.
I will forever remember the day I got this CD, pressed play and tried to do some paperwork but ended up just listening to the whole thing all the way through. Desert Island disc (or the modern equivalent I guess) for sure.
 donmonty wrote:
All round excellent album - favorite at our house - but why under "New Tracks" - its 18 years old?
 
 

I thnk new to RP rotation.
At the very beginning, I always think it is going to be Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride.
All round excellent album - favorite at our house - but why under "New Tracks" - its 18 years old?
 
Likeable but super derivative.  Funny how people give that a pass.
 PaganSkier wrote:
The interlude is cool how the trumpet just wanders around for a while creating all sorts of images in my head. I must confess to having binge listened to this song more than once.
 
I never noticed that! Thanks! 

meh.

11!
Kick out the jams
{#Cool}
The interlude is cool how the trumpet just wanders around for a while creating all sorts of images in my head. I must confess to having binge listened to this song more than once.
Herb Albert would be proud.... & George too.
Don't forget the 6:08 live version!  Dandy's recorded two shows at the Wonder ballroom in Portland in 2013 that came out in 2014 (Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live At The Wonder).  And brought the horn player!  Some tasty trumpet on this cut

Portland IPAs and the DWs.  Best day ever!
Godless is Godlike! Once this is done on to find that +5 minute version! 
 e_b wrote:
There is an "extended outro" on the "Capital Years" version which puts it over 5 minutes

Lindo525 wrote:

I feel that way about the entire song. Another post below mentioned that this is on nearly all of their playlists. Same here. I have been guilty of hitting repeat for this one! If someone puts out a 5 minute long re-mix - I'm in!

 

 
Thank you for this information!
 lily34 wrote:
still like it a lot in spite of the...comparisons.

 
Lily lives on.....
There is an "extended outro" on the "Capital Years" version which puts it over 5 minutes

Lindo525 wrote:

I feel that way about the entire song. Another post below mentioned that this is on nearly all of their playlists. Same here. I have been guilty of hitting repeat for this one! If someone puts out a 5 minute long re-mix - I'm in!

 


 mgkiwi wrote:
My sweat lord!!!!
Proclivities wrote:

That sweat lord probably just needs to use an antiperspirant!
sweat lord

 

Now that is a funny comeback, Proclivities! 

And even to this day I don't get how George H was found to have unconsciously plagiarized the Chiffons' "He's so Fine"  - unbelievable really.  At least the Dandy Warhols made use of the "My Sweet Lord" sound humorously in giving us "Godless."  It's a 9 from this Sweaty Seattleite (hey it's in the 90s here {#Sunny}




Good call
 

Emwolb wrote:
 
 more like the Chiffon's "He's So Fine"

 


this song is love at first sight.   Just listening to it by accident, if you wandered into a room where it is playing automatically makes you one of the Kool Kids!  It's that Kool.
 Lindo525 wrote:

I feel that way about the entire song. Another post below mentioned that this is on nearly all of their playlists. Same here. I have been guilty of hitting repeat for this one! If someone puts out a 5 minute long re-mix - I'm in!

 
F' it, me too! why do I only have this rated as a 9?

Fixed.
 mgkiwi wrote:
My sweat lord!!!!

 
That sweat lord probably just needs to use an antiperspirant!
sweat lord
Other than the first two chords, it's an entirely different chord progression than that of "My Sweet Lord" and "He's So Fine".  
11!
8 to 9 ...
 ziggytrix wrote:
Love that intro distortion. So much. It could go on for another minute or two and I'd be perfectly fine with it.

 
I feel that way about the entire song. Another post below mentioned that this is on nearly all of their playlists. Same here. I have been guilty of hitting repeat for this one! If someone puts out a 5 minute long re-mix - I'm in!
 mgkiwi wrote:
My sweat lord!!!!


Good observation!  
(Banned) wrote:

I knew something sounded familiar.
Good observation! 

  
 more like the Chiffon's "He's So Fine"
Love that intro distortion. So much. It could go on for another minute or two and I'd be perfectly fine with it.
Great song, love the melancholy film clip. This is on almost all of my regular playlists.
That horn line sounds just like Ed Kuepper from the late 80's
 SeriousLee wrote:
Sounds like an Ennio Morricone mix of My Sweet Lord.

 
Featuring Herb Alpert.

Love it. 
Sounds like an Ennio Morricone mix of My Sweet Lord.
What he can when he's nice, xcues my french, and triangels are godless favourite.
 mgkiwi wrote:
My sweat lord!!!!

 
I knew something sounded familiar.
Good observation! 
 trevc wrote:
We're all godless. Wouldn't it be great if everyone realised that and stopped fighting over it.

  I am  with you on that one brother
My Dead Lord
Everyone is godless. Unfortunately far too few people realise that fact.
Perfect right after Heroes!  {#Notworthy}
A great song from an excellent album. This album is so much fun, what a great vibe.
 Saltash_Calling wrote:
Nice 

 
That is one super emoticon! LOL Thanks for that!
 Skydog wrote:
 
it's appears i'm not alone

 
You are absolutely right! 
My sweet lord for sure
 
 Skydog wrote:
 
it's appears i'm not alone

 


Good but PSD.
 Skydog wrote:
Did anyone else hear the opening of  "My Sweet Lord" here on this opening?

 
 Proclivities wrote:

Nope, you're the first.

   mgkiwi wrote:
My sweat lord!!!!

  
it's appears i'm not alone
great run of Dandy Warhols this week {#Jump} 
My sweat lord!!!!
 scrabblehound wrote:

How was the show?

 
It was fantastic to meet all of them.  They were very cool and down to earth.  Got to see about 3 songs during sound check, then the band hung out with us for a bit.  The show itself was great - but they had trouble with getting the sound right in the venue, so that could have been better.  Highly recommend seeing them if you can.
 KaraokeVox wrote:

uh..what about churches?  oh...they are out of vogue nowadays because you find entire families there.
 
Churches, yes! My bad. My parents took my brothers and me to church about five times by the time I was 10 and then gave it up, so I don't have much personal experience to draw on. Now, M&D are hip-deep in their Unitarian local. 

1/5/16 edit: Excellent segue from Bowie "Heroes" to this, which in a fit of enthusiasm I have boosted to 10. 
 Proclivities wrote:

Nope, you're the first.

 
That is mean  {#Cheesygrin}
 Skydog wrote:
Did anyone else hear the opening of  "My Sweet Lord" here on this opening?

 
Nope, you're the first.
Did anyone else hear the opening of  "My Sweet Lord" here on this opening?
 aspicer wrote:
Psyched to see these guys live on November 19th in Chicago!
 

 
How was the show?
Saw them in Chicago recently they were excellent. If a fan definitely do the VIP option - they were VERY cool to meet and hang out with, plus seeing their sound check and a few songs they did, including my own request!  Courtney told me they will have a new album out in early 2016..!  He shared the production and editing became epic, but almost done.

BTW, Dig! movie fans, I asked about that and they all agreed it was very much edited to show tension between them and BJM that really was not there....your inside scoop of the day.
 trevc wrote:
We're all godless. Wouldn't it be great if everyone realised that and stopped fighting over it.

 
Good appointment even it's offtopic ;) 
We're all godless. Wouldn't it be great if everyone realised that and stopped fighting over it.
 Skydog wrote:
The opening strums of the guitar sounded like "My Sweet Lord" the George Harison rip-off.

 
Nice musical pun (or at least a musical allusion). That song mentions 5 (or so) different forms of God, and this song is called Godless...
 Skydog wrote:
The opening strums of the guitar sounded like "My Sweet Lord" the George Harison rip-off.

 
A riff is as good as a lawsuit.
Psyched to see these guys live on November 19th in Chicago!
 
The opening strums of the guitar sounded like "My Sweet Lord" the George Harison rip-off.
Missed my chance to see them in Chicago 2 weeks ago- thunderstormed out!  One day I'll see them again.
11!
This sounds just like the Boo Radleys.

Edit: that's a compliment
10 Godlike for Godless
I swear there were comments on this song in the past. (ok, they are back lol!)
One of my all time favourite pieces.  
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I was just havin' a little fun, Proc.  ; )
Now we've got the whole Sam Smith / Tom Petty thing; it all seems a bit silly.

 
{#Cheers} Cheers!
On a quieter note:
giant cymbals
Always loved my time in Oregon...and The Dandys and Brian Jonestown Massacre were it man....
 
 Proclivities wrote:
Why are people still bringing this up?  Harrison was (ludicrously) sued for stealing the entire structure and melody of a song and writing different lyrics for it, not for stealing a "riff".  Guitar-strumming styles cannot be copyrighted - especially when just strumming a I - IV progression.
 
I was just havin' a little fun, Proc.  ; )
Now we've got the whole Sam Smith / Tom Petty thing; it all seems a bit silly.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hey, didn't George H. get sued for "stealing" this riff from The Chiffons' "He's so Fine"?
Maybe George's estate should sue these guys??

 
Why are people still bringing this up?  Harrison was (ludicrously) sued for stealing the entire structure and melody of a song and writing different lyrics for it, not for stealing a "riff".  Guitar-strumming styles cannot be copyrighted - especially when just strumming a I - IV progression.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I suggest just ignoring him. Like my pappy told me, "Son, never argue with a jackass. After a while folks can't tell the difference."

 
When arguing with an idiot, make sure he's not doing the same. :)
Regardless if he's andy warhol or not of course. 
Ich liebe dieses Lied!!!
Hey, didn't George H. get sued for "stealing" this riff from The Chiffons' "He's so Fine"?
Maybe George's estate should sue these guys??
 kcar wrote:
rdo wrote:
Lovely post kcar, would you mind following those rules and stop your little witch hunts that would make Stalin blush?{#Arrowd}

(oh, and BTW, "I" "still" "hate" "jazz" {#Mrgreen})

 
Photo of distracted-looking woman filling two drinking glasses with streams of tears from her eyes

Wah. Wah. Wah. Let me get you a refill. 

Witch hunts? I'm not the one harassing and trolling members on the quality and content of their posts in some goofy Quest to improve RP boards (aka "The Program!"). I'm not the one demanding that BillG ban some members and gratuitously insulting others.  

I go after you because you're a troll and bomb-thrower who can't or won't back up his idiotic sweeping statements and who even admitted that some of his old posts shock him. You're rude, obnoxious and shallow. By and large I don't think you do make people feel welcome and comfortable. Do your own self-inventory about following Third Space rules. 

If "rdo" is just some big windup or joke, well the joke's on you. You crap on others and I crap on you for it. I'm having a good time doing so, actually. You're easy target practice for me. 

{#Wave} {#Ass} {#Moon}

(oh, and BTW, "I" "still" "hate" "jazz" {#Mrgreen}

Can't say I care or ever did*. Seriously, is there any point to you at all? smh  {#Nyah}

You apparently have some intelligence and genuine interest in RP. Why not take those two positives and put some more thought into your posts while cutting down on the snarks to others? I'd be happy to treat you with more respect and kindness if you'd stop being a dick.  
*Unless rdo=Robert Dale or someone known to him. That's unlikely, but if true I will hunt you down, kick your ass and burn your g.d. clogs in front of you. 

 
I suggest just ignoring him. Like my pappy told me, "Son, never argue with a jackass. After a while folks can't tell the difference."
Turn it UPPPP
If you have as good music taste as RP...This album should be top 10. Its timeless.
Rate it 6. Best one of the .dandys is: Good Morning.....  Greetings from the other side of the world 

 
cool trippn"
Nice 
 garycha wrote:

Is it trombone or flugelhorn horn underpinning this track?

agree the horn is missing so much in much music of late.

sleazy. Sassy. Sexy.  Sax. Mmm.

Baker Street.  Careless Whisper.  Will You.  Jealous Guy (roxy version).  Where's the sax gone?  Damn, getting old here...

 

 
 
Time to whip out your old Tijuana Brass albums. They wont help so much with your sax deficiency, but they will put some horn back in your diet! And I am with you: that horn gets me every time I hear this! So well done!
 Emwolb wrote:

Couldn't agree more....that horn is effin awesome
 
Is it trombone or flugelhorn horn underpinning this track?

agree the horn is missing so much in much music of late.

sleazy. Sassy. Sexy.  Sax. Mmm.

Baker Street.  Careless Whisper.  Will You.  Jealous Guy (roxy version).  Where's the sax gone?  Damn, getting old here...

 

 
Kcar, way to go!  Work it!  You go girl!
Godlike godless
 
 KaraokeVox wrote:

uh..what about churches?  oh...they are out of vogue nowadays because you find entire families there.
 
Actually the term is out of touch and the reasons many
Bugger me.  Flame on Johnny Storm. Let's get back to the music.  This song is wicked.  Oddly while I don't remember hearing and rating it I did like it from the first few notes.  Must try these guys in full album format.
 kcar wrote:
rdo wrote:
Lovely post kcar, would you mind following those rules and stop your little witch hunts that would make Stalin blush?{#Arrowd}

(oh, and BTW, "I" "still" "hate" "jazz" {#Mrgreen})

 
Photo of distracted-looking woman filling two drinking glasses with streams of tears from her eyes

Wah. Wah. Wah. Let me get you a refill. 

Witch hunts? I'm not the one harassing and trolling members on the quality and content of their posts in some goofy Quest to improve RP boards (aka "The Program!"). I'm not the one demanding that BillG ban some members and gratuitously insulting others.  

I go after you because you're a troll and bomb-thrower who can't or won't back up his idiotic sweeping statements and who even admitted that some of his old posts shock him. You're rude, obnoxious and shallow. By and large I don't think you do make people feel welcome and comfortable. Do your own self-inventory about following Third Space rules. 

If "rdo" is just some big windup or joke, well the joke's on you. You crap on others and I crap on you for it. I'm having a good time doing so, actually. You're easy target practice for me. 

{#Wave} {#Ass} {#Moon}

(oh, and BTW, "I" "still" "hate" "jazz" {#Mrgreen}

Can't say I care or ever did*. Seriously, is there any point to you at all? smh  {#Nyah}

You apparently have some intelligence and genuine interest in RP. Why not take those two positives and put some more thought into your posts while cutting down on the snarks to others? I'd be happy to treat you with more respect and kindness if you'd stop being a dick.  
*Unless rdo=Robert Dale or someone known to him. That's unlikely, but if true I will hunt you down, kick your ass and burn your g.d. clogs in front of you. 

 

More  compulsory listening to Natalie Merchant is  prescribed.


 Emwolb wrote:

Couldn't agree more....that horn is effin awesome
 
Echo that. Totally makes the song.
{#Sunny} 5 times in the last 30 days, not all that often, but I'll agree, songs we're not fond of make us feel that way. Thank goodness RP spins lots of other stuff that really turns me on.
bill sure plays this a lot
 


 mgkiwi wrote:
"My sweet lord" rip off!!!!

 
More of an Homage, really...considering the title.
bill sure plays this a lot
Tour stopping through Indianapolis in September and I'll be in the audience. Looking forward to this gig.
 kcar wrote:

Same thing with bookstores. It really sucks. Never was into bars (pubs, yes, but they're harder to find in the US). Online spaces like this one can only go so far towards replacing the "third space."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

The third place (also known as third space) is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great Good PlaceRay Oldenburg (1989, 1991) argues that third places are important for civil societydemocracycivic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. 

...Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests the following hallmarks of a true "third place":

*   Free or inexpensive
*   Food and drink, while not essential, are important
*   Highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance)
*   Involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there
*   Welcoming and comfortable
*   Both new friends and old should be found there...


 

 
uh..what about churches?  oh...they are out of vogue nowadays because you find entire families there.

"My sweet lord" rip off!!!!
Don't know how to rate this!
Rating 10 means "Godlike".
But "Godless" is missing, is it a 1?
{#Frustrated} 
 drivingunit103 wrote:

...I just bumped this up one solely on the horns...

 
Couldn't agree more....that horn is effin awesome
Opening rift .... a lot like "My Sweet Lord",  George Harrison.  
Is he saying 'godless' or 'gutless'?  Does it mean the same thing?
Too weird, the email announcing their Fall dates just landed in my Inbox as this song came on.
 max_p wrote:
like those new guys w the trumpet in the group, Capital Cities, good show at Coachella

 
...I just bumped this up one solely on the horns...
{#Dancingbanana_2}so perfect for this sunny Friday :-)!
This is such a great song but it just makes me think about sad people superficial people whatever no sparkle in their eyes anymore you know ? So I fear rating it - eep!
Nice transition from some old Elton John
like those new guys w the trumpet in the group, Capital Cities, good show at Coachella
Lovely post kcar, would you mind following those rules and stop your little witch hunts that would make Stalin blush?{#Arrowd}

(oh, and BTW, "I" "still" "hate" "jazz" {#Mrgreen})
Thank you so much for sharing this concept of the third space.  I've always known what it was, but didn't have a name for it. I'm not into bars either...pubs are definitely more like that "third space" atmosphere, along with bookstores. I had the pleasure of learning about Record Store Day over the weekend while visiting our local used book/cd/movie shop. It was SO amazing!  And I won a Jaco Pastorius poster (funny how folks didn't know who he was) {#Guitarist} I love the sense of community the record store brings. Remember album covers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_Store_Day

{#Music}

kcar wrote:

Same thing with bookstores. It really sucks. Never was into bars (pubs, yes, but they're harder to find in the US). Online spaces like this one can only go so far towards replacing the "third space."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

The third place (also known as third space) is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great Good PlaceRay Oldenburg (1989, 1991) argues that third places are important for civil societydemocracycivic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. 

...Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests the following hallmarks of a true "third place":

*   Free or inexpensive
*   Food and drink, while not essential, are important
*   Highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance)
*   Involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there
*   Welcoming and comfortable
*   Both new friends and old should be found there...


 

 


 aspicer wrote:
Such a brilliant album!  I first learned about it after a reference from some girl working at Tower who just seemed cool to me. She was right on - loved these guys ever since

 ......remember Tower records?!  Those were the days - you could actually go talk to people and share thoughts on music and get instant references....bummer record stores are now extinct, I miss that engagement.  {#Confused}

 
Same thing with bookstores. It really sucks. Never was into bars (pubs, yes, but they're harder to find in the US). Online spaces like this one can only go so far towards replacing the "third space."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

The third place (also known as third space) is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great Good PlaceRay Oldenburg (1989, 1991) argues that third places are important for civil societydemocracycivic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. 

...Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests the following hallmarks of a true "third place":

*   Free or inexpensive
*   Food and drink, while not essential, are important
*   Highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance)
*   Involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there
*   Welcoming and comfortable
*   Both new friends and old should be found there...


 
Such a brilliant album!  I first learned about it after a reference from some girl working at Tower who just seemed cool to me. She was right on - loved these guys ever since

 ......remember Tower records?!  Those were the days - you could actually go talk to people and share thoughts on music and get instant references....bummer record stores are now extinct, I miss that engagement.  {#Confused}
Great textures on this. Very much like it.

Music for junkies now...

 

First Bowie, now the Dandies - what will be next?

Sister Morphine...?

 


 BIG fat 9
 old_shep wrote:

When this song appeared, its hook, the initial riff, was lifted from the Beatles song.  The initial appeal to this song was that riff.  After enough air time the song began to be appriciated for the excellent piece of music that it is.   BUT.... its strength is still based entirely on the presense of the Beatles riff.  I guess if you say the word "plagiarism" long enough the meaning  changes to "derivative" or even "complimentary".   A rose by any other name....would still smell.



 
Sorry but I think you're referring to 'My Sweet Lord' which was a George solo affair..

Both this and 'Godless' are top tunes! 
 Hannio wrote:
The unbeliever says "show me God, then I'll believe."  God says, "believe in me, and I will unveil myself to you the rest of your life."

 
Boyfriends and girlfriends negotiating over sex and marriage say the same sort of things...
 moodfood wrote:
Gawdlike

 
i agree :)


Gawdlike
 Hannio wrote:
The unbeliever says "show me God, then I'll believe."  God says, "believe in me, and I will unveil myself to you the rest of your life."

 
That is one way to look at it...the next question becomes a matter of semantics....what do those 3 letters signify to you? Old man in the sky with long white beard pulling strings like a puppet master?  Are u sure that's not the devil?
Turn it up and play it again....