Dress Like Your Idols

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Dress Like Your Idols
BOAT - Dress Like Your Idols album cover.jpg
Studio album by BOAT
Released March 22, 2011
Genre Indie Rock
Length 31:37
Label Magic Marker Records
BOAT chronology
Setting the Paces
Dress Like Your Idols
Pretend To Be Brave

Dress Like Your Idols was the fourth full-length album by indie rock band BOAT, released in 2011. It was the follow up to the band's 2009 album, Setting the Paces.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [2]

Dress Like Your Idols received largely positive reviews from critics. AllMusic's Tim Sendra praised the album saying, "Dress Like is their best record to date, with their best songs" and the songs have "super hooks."[3] Pitchfork Media's Mark Hogan claimed, "The result is the best album yet from a band whose style finally appears to be back in vogue"[4] and compared the album's sound to Surfer Blood and Weezer.

Album Cover[edit]

The album cover received acclaim, including being named one of the best of the year by Paste Magazine.[5] The cover artwork features illustrated tributes to several other album covers, a wink at the title Dress Like Your Idols. From top to bottom, left to right, the tributes are:

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Changing of the Guard" – 2:48
  2. "Bite My Lips" – 3:09
  3. "King Kong" – 3:15
  4. "L-O-V-E" – 0:47
  5. "Forever in Armitron" – 3:07
  6. "Classically Trained" – 2:38
  7. "Water It Down" – 0:47
  8. "Kinda Scared of Love Affairs" – 2:38
  9. "Landlocked" – 3:04
  10. "Do the Double Take" – 1:50
  11. "Frank Black Says" – 2:15
  12. "Noises in the Night" – 2:45
  13. "Dress Like Your Idols" – 2:25
BOAT performs live with John in the Morning KEXP-FM. Seattle, WA 03-22-11. Photo by Laura Totten.


  • D. Crane, vocals and guitar
  • J. Goodman, multi-instrumentalist, percussion[6]
  • J. Long, drums, percussion, vocals[7]
  • M. McKenzie, bass, guitar, vocals [8]
  • B. Stewart, guitar, tambourine [9]
  • J. Roderick, additional vocal (9)


  • Jackson Justice Long, producer, recording, mixing (7, 10)
  • Cam Nicklaus, mixing, recording
  • Ed Brooks, mastering
  • D. Crane, recording (10)
  • J. Mendoza, additional recording (10)