Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia

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Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1, 2000
RecordedDecember 1998 – March 1999 in Portland, Oregon, United States
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)

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia is the third studio album by American rock band The Dandy Warhols. It was released on August 1, 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.[3] Four singles were released from the album: "Get Off", "Bohemian Like You", "Godless" and "Horse Pills" (the last in Australia only).

This is the band's first album to feature their new drummer Brent DeBoer, Taylor-Taylor's cousin, who joined the band following the departure of their original drummer Eric Hedford, during the tour of their previous studio album.

Background and recording[edit]

Recording of the album commenced in December 1998 and concluded in March 1999.[4] 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."[5]


The album's first single, "Get Off", was released in May 2000.

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was released on August 1 by record label Capitol. It is considered their breakthrough album due to the success of the album's second single "Bohemian Like You", released in August, which reached number 5 in the UK,[6] despite the album only reaching number 182 in the US Billboard 200.[7] It reached number 32 in the UK Albums Chart.[6] 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.

Two further singles were released: "Godless", on July 17, 2001, and "Horse Pills" the same year, released in Australia only.

By 2003 the album had sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone.[8]

In 2013, a remastered version of the album called the 13th Anniversary Edition was released, featuring a bonus disc of previously unreleased material.[9]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4/5[11]
The Austin Chronicle4/5 stars[12]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[13]
Entertainment WeeklyB[14]
Q4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[17]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[18]
USA Today3/4 stars[19]

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was well received by critics and holds a score of 80 out of 100 on the review aggregate site Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club called the album "an 800-pound gorilla of winning, eclectic rock 'n' roll" and wrote that it "may be the most joyous, instantly likable rock record you'll hear this year."[20] Heather Phares of AllMusic called it a "bakers' dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs".[2] Alternative Press called it "a scattershot bagful of wild rides and demented ditties and an album of maniacal depth and vision."[11]

The Phoenix New Times's Brian Baker 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."[21] 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."[22] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a two-star honorable rating and remarked: "Dandies have feelings too—no, strike that, tunes too."[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, except as noted.

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 Holmström5:35


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'")


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia". Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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