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The Dandy Warhols — Talk Radio
Album: Earth to the Dandy Warhols
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Released: 2008
Length: 5:22
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Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na, hey

Boo ya, there we go
What we need is a different show
You ya hey
That's right, we need someplace to go
You ya hey
If you got what you say
You ya hey
You need what you need today

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na, hey

Boo ya, there we go
Too much talking on the radio
You ya hey
That's right, a party got something to say
You ya hey
Call them up, tell it to them right away
You ya hey
You see what you see today

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na, hey

Ohhhh....
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 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

Where is procliviites when you need him?  This band is ALL about pop culture. Their name has WARHOL in it. They take cans of soup and make art out of them. Get it?

 

Right on, NoEnz
 unclehud wrote:

I'm not Proclivities, but I get it.  And for all of you commenters running about shouting "plagiarism!" why don't you take the melody from Pictures of Matchstick Men, write some new lyrics that are truly relevant, work out a new orchestration, and toss in a little of your own inspiration, perform it mistake-free in a recording studio, ... and then you'll see why I think these guys demonstrate their talents this way.

Making music isn't easy — if it was, I wouldn't be an engineer — and placing the constraints of a familiar melody on your imagination probably makes it even harder.

As always, IMHO.

 
Yea & i certainly wouldn't pick engineering again if i had my time over. It's a rubbish job (well, it is if you have British 'management' anyway).

There are only four tunes in the universe - 'Knocking On Heavens Door', 'Sympathy For The Devil', 'House Of The Rising Sun' and 'Comfortably Numb'. everything else is one or other of them. Discuss.
 JeriF wrote:
I'm hearing Pictures of Matchstick Men...


Haha... I really should read the other comments before I post   {#Taped-shut}

 
Yes!!! It jumped out immediately. But because it's The Dandy Warhols it's absolutely OK. The benefits of being a band with an established sense of humor.
It's only Rock n Roll, but I like it. Pictures of Matchstick Men, indeed.
 Hippostar wrote:
Can these guys write anything other than three-chord infinitely-repeated songs?

 
That's totally unfair. This is a four-chord infinitely-repeated song. 
I'm hearing Pictures of Matchstick Men...


Haha... I really should read the other comments before I post   {#Taped-shut}
Hey Warhols, stop strangling that cow!  
 unclehud wrote:

I'm not Proclivities, but I get it.  And for all of you commenters running about shouting "plagiarism!" why don't you take the melody from Pictures of Matchstick Men, write some new lyrics that are truly relevant, work out a new orchestration, and toss in a little of your own inspiration, perform it mistake-free in a recording studio, ... and then you'll see why I think these guys demonstrate their talents this way.

Making music isn't easy -- if it was, I wouldn't be an engineer -- and placing the constraints of a familiar melody on your imagination probably makes it even harder.

As always, IMHO.

 
I was not shouting plagarism and only one or two times ever here have I suggested that.  I just hate the idiotic line "everything is derivative of everything else". Not sure if you meant me or not anyway.  Being derivative is not the same as plagarism and it is a valid criticism and something that should be avoided.
I think the DW made one song. and just sell it under different names. 
 Elroweho wrote:
Sounds like "Pictures of Matchstick Men".

 
Was just trying to work out what it sounded like. 

Awful song, never really liked anything they have done.  
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Where is procliviites when you need him?  This band is ALL about pop culture. Their name has WARHOL in it. They take cans of soup and make art out of them. Get it?
 
I'm not Proclivities, but I get it.  And for all of you commenters running about shouting "plagiarism!" why don't you take the melody from Pictures of Matchstick Men, write some new lyrics that are truly relevant, work out a new orchestration, and toss in a little of your own inspiration, perform it mistake-free in a recording studio, ... and then you'll see why I think these guys demonstrate their talents this way.

Making music isn't easy -- if it was, I wouldn't be an engineer -- and placing the constraints of a familiar melody on your imagination probably makes it even harder.

As always, IMHO.
Sounds like "Pictures of Matchstick Men".
 I don't have your number {#Ask}Deadwing wrote:
My mind works in mysterious ways (mysteriously especially to me).

If anyone can figure it out please give me a call...

 


 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

Where is procliviites when you need him?  This band is ALL about pop culture. Their name has WARHOL in it. They take cans of soup and make art out of them. Get it?

 
I understand the point. I get their schtick. I just don't care for it. Pop culture can and usually does inspire artists to embellish a style or genre...I just don't think its particularly interesting. Just my unpopular opinion.

Wow. Two Dandys, two Sinneads, and two Son Volts in the same day. Or have I been listenting too long?


 Zoonhollis wrote:
The Dandy's aren't bad, but why not play The Brian Jonestown Massacre instead? Way more talent.

  Not sure about way more talent, but just as good.  You speak the truth though...where is BJM on RP?  Serious omission in my/our opinion.


When I look up to the skies
I see your eyes a funny kind of yellohhhhh wait!?!? 
Can these guys write anything other than three-chord infinitely-repeated songs?
8 to a 9.
 ziakut wrote:
I like this band and it has potential...especially if they try NOT stealing ideas and trying to make them theirs. How blatant is this to "Matchstick"...and the other tune sounding just like "My Sweet Lord"? Like I said...potential people...potential. Plagiarism isn't something to be too proud of.
 
Where is procliviites when you need him?  This band is ALL about pop culture. Their name has WARHOL in it. They take cans of soup and make art out of them. Get it?
 sirdroseph wrote:

You know, I am not one of those that has a problem with derivative because everything is derivative to a certain point at some level. However, the Warhols take it to need to hire a lawyer level all of the time and it just shows their lack of creativity and effort. Bah, bland band. Their old running mates the Brian Jonestown Massacre were not as pleasing to the ear maybe, but at least they were creative.

 
There is a huge difference between a sound/style/mode that a group goes for, and a specific melody.  Melodies are not "derivative of everything else", as we hear repeated here on this board ad naseua - they exist apart from style, in their own sphere.  They can be appropriated, and it is unethical to do so.  There is nothing less interesting to me than "style", even though there are thousands of bands that litter the musical wasteland who go to market almost exclusively on style.  It keeps the musicologists in business, that corporate teaching factory.  My definition of a musicologist:  someone who lacks the talent to write a good melody.  Talent is the rarest thing in the world, when it comes to writing melodies.
  nagsheadlocal wrote:

Excellent read - tnx for the pointer.
 
Just read in Smithsonian an article by David Byrne that touched on a lot of parallels with this one. Good read, thanks!
 ziggytrix wrote:

I like the top google result for "Dandy Warhols plagiarism"

"The Revolution will be Plagiarized"

https://tuxdeluxe.org/node/198

Read it if you have a few.
 
Excellent read - tnx for the pointer.
I like this band and it has potential...especially if they try NOT stealing ideas and trying to make them theirs. How blatant is this to "Matchstick"...and the other tune sounding just like "My Sweet Lord"? Like I said...potential people...potential. Plagiarism isn't something to be too proud of.
Pictures of matchstick man and don't they have another song that is my sweet lord. 
Matchstick Men meets Hurdy Gurdy Man
Simple, dirty and gorgeous.

ALL WE EXPECT FROM ROCK!
 Swimbob1225 wrote:
Pictures of Matchstick Men revisited.
 
{#Yes}
 sirdroseph wrote:

You know, I am not one of those that has a problem with derivative because everything is derivative to a certain point at some level. However, the Warhols take it to need to hire a lawyer level all of the time and it just shows their lack of creativity and effort. Bah, bland band. Their old running mates the Brian Jonestown Massacre were not as pleasing to the ear maybe, but at least they were creative.

 

Absolutely agree, they are entertaining but as a big music fan every time I hear a song of theirs I immediatley begin to hear the antecedents. Pictures of Matchstick men indeed...
My mind works in mysterious ways (mysteriously especially to me).

If anyone can figure it out please give me a call...
 Deadwing wrote:
I like it, but it sounds a little like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" falling down the stairs with it's pants around it's ankles.

 
HA HA ....Awesome description...How the hell did you come up with that ??

likeable but picturesqueofmatchstickmanable.
I like it, but it sounds a little like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" falling down the stairs with it's pants around it's ankles.

"When I look up to the skies
I see your eyes a funny kind of yellow"

What a weak effort for the Dandy Warhols, whom I ordinarily like very much. 

 Businessgypsy wrote:
When a song is derivative of several songs that are (in turn), quite derivative, does it become something original?


 
You know, I am not one of those that has a problem with derivative because everything is derivative to a certain point at some level. However, the Warhols take it to need to hire a lawyer level all of the time and it just shows their lack of creativity and effort. Bah, bland band. Their old running mates the Brian Jonestown Massacre were not as pleasing to the ear maybe, but at least they were creative.

Sounds like Taylor-Taylor let Andrew Eldritch(TheSisters Of Mercy) sing on this one for him...


When a song is derivative of several songs that are (in turn), quite derivative, does it become something original?


You cannot go against nature
Because when you do
Go against nature, it's part of nature too
 Swimbob1225 wrote:
Pictures of Matchstick Men revisited.
 
Roger that.

This album is good, but it has very little of the hook-infested pop I thought defined the Dandys.


 Zoonhollis wrote:
The Dandy's aren't bad, but why not play The Brian Jonestown Massacre instead? Way more talent.
 

Yep yep!{#Cheers}
 Marley wrote:

Yup. This and And Then I Dreamt of Yes are pretty much the exact same song, structurally anyway. D-F-C-G and repeat.
 
Sleep has the same chords, too (just listen to the "aahs" at the end)

My first thought exactly!!!!!

 
Swimbob1225 wrote:
Pictures of Matchstick Men revisited.
 


RP should be commended for playing the deep catalog of the Dandy Warhols; they have produced no doubt countless fans worldwide, deservedly so.  Keep it coming...
 Swimbob1225 wrote:
Pictures of Matchstick Men revisited.
 
Yeah, pretty blatant.

Pictures of Matchstick Men revisited.
The Dandy's aren't bad, but why not play The Brian Jonestown Massacre instead? Way more talent.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

They did it again! {#Surprised} {#Cry} {#Grumpy}
 
OK, pjb, you have opened my ears to DW's masterful mimicry. "I Am the Walrus," anyone?

Given the array of influences folks are hearing, maybe that's the whole joke of the song title.

Actually a very decent album but the mastering is so hideously bad that it makes it a pain to listen to. Very frustrating.

Yes, sounds like M.Men but with some incredibly awesome hooks added.


I like the top google result for "Dandy Warhols plagiarism"

"The Revolution will be Plagiarized"

https://tuxdeluxe.org/node/198

Read it if you have a few.

This hits the spot perfectly. Thanks Bill. Just what I needed.
 Jelani wrote:
Don't they do another song that sounds a lot like this?
 
Yup. This and And Then I Dreamt of Yes are pretty much the exact same song, structurally anyway. D-F-C-G and repeat.
Don't they do another song that sounds a lot like this?


What rating does one give plagiarism?
 Giselle62 wrote:
me: sounds like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" him: "Yeah, you keep wanting it to turn into it, but it doesn't."
Love Matchstick Men song.
 

EVERY song by these guys sounds exactly like another song.   {#Cowboy}
me: sounds like "Pictures of Matchstick Men" him: "Yeah, you keep wanting it to turn into it, but it doesn't."
Love Matchstick Men song.
 joan_c wrote:
I also hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and "No New Tales to Tell" but I still really like it.  I gave it an 8.  {#Yes}

P. S.  Good segue to "The Magnificent Seven".  {#Clap}

 
Ditto, came into to see if it was a cover at least with the first licks.  Hear a touch of Plan A thrown in as well.

Me, too.  How about "Crimson and Clover" — Tommy James and the Shondells!

 joan_c wrote:
I also hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and "No New Tales to Tell" but I still really like it.  I gave it an 8.  {#Yes}
 islander wrote:

I was just coming to write the same thing. Now I'm just hoping that we get some clash next.

 

 joan_c wrote:
I also hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and "No New Tales to Tell" but I still really like it.  I gave it an 8.  {#Yes}

P. S.  Good segue to "The Magnificent Seven".  {#Clap}

 
I was just coming to write the same thing. Now I'm just hoping that we get some clash next.
Edit: Nope.

I also hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and "No New Tales to Tell" but I still really like it.  I gave it an 8.  {#Yes}

P. S.  Good segue to "The Magnificent Seven".  {#Clap}

Producers at heart—I love the homages, send-ups, and rip-offs from this band.  It is great fun!

I like the Dandies but this is SOS from them. . .

{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Sorry}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Yell}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Cry}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}{#Yell}{#Headache}{#Grumpy}
In the future 15 people will be famous!

No wait...

In 15 minutes, everyone will be famous?
I like The Dandy Warhols but Love & Rockets should sue. Such a rip-off of "No New Tale To Tell".
larsnamaste wrote:
Pictures of matchstick man. Only better


Only worse!

Man, does this sound like Love and Rockets. 
I really love the Dandy Warhols
plate tectonics guitar? very cool.

 gandalfbmg wrote:
When I look up to the sky, I see your eyes, a funny...

Oh, wrong song, damn.
Play the GOOD one, not this...
 

EXACTLY!!  {#Cowboy}
When I look up to the sky, I see your eyes, a funny...

Oh, wrong song, damn.
Play the GOOD one, not this...
 peter_james_bond wrote:

They did it again! {#Surprised} {#Cry} {#Grumpy}
 
No new tale to tell. (Love and Rockets)

 larsnamaste wrote:
Pictures of matchstick man
 
They did it again! {#Surprised} {#Cry} {#Grumpy}
reminds me of My bloody Valentine
Pictures of matchstick man. Only better

Recycled rif from Dandy Warhol's Big Come Down, I think, but still great!

As a segue from The Cure's Fascination Street, this sounds better than the 4 I gave it the last time. Maybe just because the volume was still cranked up from The Cure ... ?

4 -> 5
{#Think}    Sounds like,I have heard this before,,{#Idea} on R.P. maybe,{#Ask},it could have been before R.P. era,no matter,must have been before Talk Radio. # 8, i think.


I'm glad I have no idea who anyone here is talking about cuz I really like this!
I only like it because it reminds me of "No new tale to tell".
groovy vibe 
 RedGuitar wrote:
Couldn't they get sued for copyright infringement?
 
It's a slightly different chord progression, though obviously strummed at the same tempo.  I guess it could be called an homage; it's not as if they were trying to fool anyone.


 lemmoth wrote:
Really like the Dandy's but their influences are very transparent.  They've got quite a few, so that's a good thing but they always remind me of someone else - a different someone else on many different songs.
 
Could be the reason that they are the favorite band of a musician named David Bowie.

 Dior wrote:

Oddly, I've got the feeling they more than once scavenge their own back catalogue also...
 

I was thinking the same thing about this song...
 lemmoth wrote:
Really like the Dandy's but their influences are very transparent.  They've got quite a few, so that's a good thing but they always remind me of someone else - a different someone else on many different songs.
 
Oddly, I've got the feeling they more than once scavenge their own back catalogue also...


 beelzebubba wrote:
I hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in here.....
 
Me too. That and a lot more of  "No New Tales to Tell" ....

EDIT: Apparently I am a late arrival. Sorry to all who posted the same thought earlier. 

 beelzebubba wrote:
I hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in here.....funny, because Camper Van Beethoven, played right before this, does a cover version of that.
 


Just fine and dandy. {#Dance}
I hear "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in here.....funny, because Camper Van Beethoven, played right before this, does a cover version of that.
 thewiseking wrote:
i like those Dandy's but let us give a shout out to Love and Rockets!
 
you are indeed wise, o king

Love TDW {#Bananajam}{#Motor}
Really like the Dandy's but their influences are very transparent.  They've got quite a few, so that's a good thing but they always remind me of someone else - a different someone else on many different songs.
 narainmg wrote:
Sounds exactly like a Dandy song from a previous album. Can't remember which... somebody help me out?

 
I thought the same thing. I keep expecting to hear "...all of us, all of us sing about it...", from Plan A.

{#Yes}  ..  {#Drummer} .. {#Music}
The ONLY talk radio that is worth listening to is Thom Hartmann  show.  And he is from Portland too, like the Dandies. Coinkadink? 
It's a complete rip off and Status Quo should get some kind of credit on the Dandy's album cover under the title "extreme influence by". All that aside, I went to see them in Dublin the night before last and they were really, really good. They played for two hours solid!
Couldn't they get sued for copyright infringement?
much too close to pictures of matchstick man.   that is what I thought of.  very familiar with no new tale to tell but this sounds like matchstick man.   much to close to matchstick man to like in its own right.  i like songs that sound like others so not sure why but...    I guess this doesn't work for me.

Not matchstick men again!


 thetimebeing2112 wrote:
Holy crap,I thought the EXACT same thing.  Same two songs came to mind the moment I first heard this song.   

 AliGator wrote:
No New Tale To Tell + Pictures of Matchstick Men = this song!

 

 
Ditto.

C'mon Man! This is Pictures Of Matchstick Men... Status Quo, 1968. Can they get away with this?
I'd rate this higher if they didn't just sample Love and Rockets.
{#Sunny} Too much talkin' on the radio-o. Which is why I love RP.

Love this stuff, another one for the trippy mix. 

pictures of matchstickman......ns.....yawnnnn!!!!!{#Dance}love the tune but heard it in the 70's

RadioDoc wrote:

If this is the first time you've heard this here, you are not a 'regular listener'. This was on almost every damn day in September, which is when the comment you quoted was posted.

I beg to differ. I listen every damn day for seven damn hours. Perhaps I should have said this is the first time I've noticed it.

Smoove_D wrote:
I'm a regular RP listener, and this is the first time I've heard it. You might think it's overplayed because you're confusing it with other Dandy Warhols songs, which all sound basically the same.

If this is the first time you've heard this here, you are not a 'regular listener'. This was on almost every damn day in September, which is when the comment you quoted was posted.


They've always been a short walk from a novelty band.  With this they've arrived, and seem to have purged that pesky creativity along the journey.

What a tank of swill this is.

Excelsior wrote:
It's already overplayed. {#No}

I'm a regular RP listener, and this is the first time I've heard it. You might think it's overplayed because you're confusing it with other Dandy Warhols songs, which all sound basically the same.

IMHO, Bill does an excellent job programming.

Sounds like you're at risk of becoming burned out.

Maybe you should take a listening break or pass sometime over on the LRC.

Just a friendly suggestion.

Regards


 
Excelsior wrote:
It's already overplayed.  {#No}
 

It's not just "the same chord progression" as Pictures of Matchstick Men — it's the EXACT SAME TUNE. I hope they gave a writing credit to the Status Quo.

Meanwhile, I'll be listening to my 45 of the original. Why, I must be a thousand years old!
Holy crap,I thought the EXACT same thing.  Same two songs came to mind the moment I first heard this song.  Not necessarily a bad thing....

Speaking of CVB I would love to hear "When I Win The Lottery" on RP.  I love that song.
  

 AliGator wrote:
No New Tale To Tell + Pictures of Matchstick Men = this song!

(Also, this is my first time hearing this on RP. Don't know where I've been. It's not like we have RP playing during all our waking hours or anything.)

 

No New Tale To Tell + Pictures of Matchstick Men = this song!

(Also, this is my first time hearing this on RP. Don't know where I've been. It's not like we have RP playing during all our waking hours or anything.)

My thoughts exactly! (but not the kool part, lol)

rachlan wrote:
I was going to say this sounds exactly like Matchstick Men. pretty kool!                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



"No new tale to tell"!!!
 WonderLizard wrote:
 gandalfbmg wrote:

       Pictures of Matchstick Men anyone?

 keller1 wrote:


You're showing yer age, but you're absolutely right.

Still like the tune, though, and this band.
 
Well, maybe not showing his age. Camper Van Beethoven did a killer and popular cover of "Pictures of Matchstick Men" just a few years ago. Then again, I'm old enough to recall the original...{#Propeller}

Isn't this cheating? I like Pictures of Matchstick Men better, if you can compare 2 different songs with the same chord progression.  But, I'll have to admit that this isn't bad and maybe it's ok to revisit songs that no one young is likely to have heard.
 


A touch of Type O Negative in there too...

pictures of matchstick men,

over and over again,

over and over again,

over and over and over again