Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia

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Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
Studio album by The Dandy Warhols
Released August 1, 2000
Recorded December 1998 – March 1999 in Portland, Oregon
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:07
Label Capitol
The Dandy Warhols chronology
...The Dandy Warhols Come Down
Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
Welcome to the Monkey House
Singles from Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
  1. "Get Off"
    Released: May, 2000
  2. "Bohemian Like You"
    Released: August, 2000
  3. "Godless"
    Released: July 17, 2001
  4. "Horse Pills"
    Released: 2001 (Australia only)
  5. "Bohemian Like You"
    Released: October, 2001 (re-release)
  6. "Get Off"
    Released: 2002 (re-release)

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia is the third studio album by American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. It was released on 1 August 2000, through record label Capitol.

It is considered their breakthrough album, largely owing to the song "Bohemian Like You" being featured in a notable Vodafone advertisement.[1]


Recording of the album commenced in December 1998 and concluded in March 1999.[2] On the making of the album, frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor said that "we felt like we needed to make the last classic rock album. A record that would be, sonically, shaped somewhere in-between All Things Must Pass and Workingman's Dead."[3]


A special edition of the album, titled Seven Tales for Urban Australia, was released at the band's Australian tour, containing a bonus disc of seven extra tracks.

By 2003 the album had sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone.[4]

In 2013, a remastered version of the album called the 13th Anniversary Edition was released, featuring a bonus disc of previously unreleased material.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press 4/5[8]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Entertainment Weekly B[10]
Melody Maker 3/5 stars[11]
NME 7/10[12]
Q 4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[15]
Uncut 3/5 stars[16]

The album was well received by critics.

AllMusic called it a "bakers' dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs".[7] The A.V. Club called it "an 800-pound gorilla of winning, eclectic rock 'n' roll", writing "[it] may be the most joyous, instantly likable rock record you'll hear this year."[17] The Phoenix New Times wrote, "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia is astonishing in its maturity and vision, coming from a band that is so young and so purposefully aimless."[18] The Portland Mercury wrote, "while previous efforts have been somewhat schizophrenic in their ping-ponging between over-the-top atmosphere and dumbass pop, The Dandy Warhols' third record brings everything together in one tight package."[19] Alternative Press called it "a scattershot bagful of wild rides and demented ditties and an album of maniacal depth and vision."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Godless"     5:20
2. "Mohammed"     5:20
3. "Nietzsche"     5:40
4. "Country Leaver"     3:22
5. "Solid"     3:08
6. "Horse Pills"     3:24
7. "Get Off"     3:11
8. "Sleep"     5:57
9. "Cool Scene"     4:07
10. "Bohemian Like You"     3:31
11. "Shakin'"     3:56
12. "Big Indian"     3:34
13. "The Gospel"   Taylor-Taylor, Peter Holmström 5:35


The Dandy Warhols
Additional personnel
  • Phil Baker – double bass ("Country Leaver", "Sleep")
  • Meg Bobbitt – additional vocals ("Shakin'", "The Gospel")
  • Vince DiFiore – trumpet ("Mohammed")
  • Erik Gavriluk – organ ("Bohemian Like You")
  • Joe Kaczmarek – organ ("Cool Scene")
  • Eric Matthews – trumpet ("Godless", "Cool Scene")
  • Anton Newcombe – guitar ("Get Off")
  • Troy Stewart – slide guitar
  • D.J. Swamp – scratching ("Shakin'")
  • Steven Birch – album sleeve design and layout
  • Tchad Blake – mixing ("Boys Better")
  • Erik Gavriluk – mixing ("Hells Bells")
  • Tony Lash – recording ("Boys Better")
  • George Marino – mastering (Sterling Sound)
  • Alan Narmore – sleeve artwork (production art)
  • Rakin – sleeve photography
  • Dave Sardy – mixing (tracks 1–8, 10, 12–13), production (tracks 7, 10)
  • Clark Stiles – engineering (post-production), mixing (tracks 9, 11, "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth (Heroin Is So Passe) (Live)"), sequencing and additional recording ("Boys Better")
  • Gregg Williams – production (tracks 1–6, 8–9, 11–13)


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia". Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Morgan, Laura (August 4, 2000). "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
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  12. ^ "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia". NME. June 9, 2000. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". Q (167): 97. August 2000. 
  14. ^ Chonin, Neva (August 1, 2000). "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 208. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  16. ^ "The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". Uncut (39): 89. August 2000. 
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  18. ^ Baker, Brian (August 10, 2000). Phoenix New Times.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (July 27, 2000). "Cooler in an Obvious Way: The Warhols Restart the Clock for Another 15". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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