We Used to Be Friends

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"We Used to Be Friends"
Single by The Dandy Warhols
from the album Welcome to the Monkey House
Released 23 April 2003
Format CD single, 7" vinyl, DVD single
Genre Synthpop, power pop, alternative rock
Length 3:19
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Grant Nicholas, Bjorn Thorsrud
The Dandy Warhols singles chronology
"Get Off" (re-release)
"We Used to Be Friends"
"You Were the Last High"

"We Used to Be Friends" is a song by American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Welcome to the Monkey House, on 23 April 2003. The single failed to chart in the US but peaked at No. 18 in the UK.[1] The song is known for being the theme song to the TV series Veronica Mars, and was also notably featured in an episode of the The O.C., the FIFA Football 2004 soundtrack and is also the theme song to Australian reality series, My Restaurant Rules. (In his appearance on Australian music game show Spicks and Specks, Courtney Taylor-Taylor expressed that he had not heard of My Restaurant Rules and did not see the connection between restaurants and the subject matter of the song.)


The song bears a similar bass riff and vocal melody to that of a Feeder song "Day In Day Out", and the band have listed Grant Nicholas as co-writer.

Critical reception[edit]

NME praised the track, describing it as "a synthetic chatter of robotic handclaps and tweaky guitar fuzz, creamed off with a squeaky-clean chorus delivered in alarming falsetto".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Used to Be Friends"   Courtney Taylor-Taylor 3:20
2. "Call Me" (Blondie cover) Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder 3:32
3. "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover) Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash and Mark O'Toole 3:49
7" vinyl
  1. "We Used to Be Friends"
  2. "Minnesoter (Thee Slayer Hippie Mix)"
  • "We Used to Be Friends" (video)
  • "Bohemian Like You (Boston Dave Mix)"
  • "Minnesoter (Thee Slayer Hippie Mix)"
  • An Introduction to The Dandy Warhols

Cover versions[edit]

Alejandro Escovedo recorded a new acoustic version for the soundtrack of the 2014 film Veronica Mars; he also appeared in the film as a street musician performing the song.


  1. ^ "We Used To Be Friends". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Louis Pattison (14 May 2003). "Dandy Warhols : We Used To Be Friends". nme.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Ableson, Jon. "Chris Carrabba To Release "Covered In The Flood" Solo Album". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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