Dandy Warhols Mix Stones Riff With Traffic Affair

The Dandy Warhols have just completed up a month-long tour of the U.K. to support its new album, "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia," and the outing culminated with a command performance at the annual Glastonbury Festival.

The Warhols new record, the follow-up to 1997's "The Dandy Warhols Come Down," won't hit American stores until August 1, although the first single "Bohemian Like You," is already drawing raves from college radio.

Some listeners have raised eyebrows about the single's sonic similarity to the Rolling Stones' psychedelic classic, "Jumpin' Jack Flash," although The Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor told MTV News that the song originated from a stop-and-go crush.

"[The song is] probably the only fiction I've ever written in my life," Taylor said of the track, "but

only because I know

it isn't really fiction. It just goes on all the time. But it's not autobiographical."

"[It's about a] girl in an old BMW with a primer quarter panel, grown out, bleached, f***ed-up hair, tattoos, wife-beater [shirt], sitting there at a stop light in front of my apartment," he added.

"I was looking at that and going, 'Man, where do you work? Where do you live? Come on. You, me, we're supposed to be. Love. It's gonna...Bye.' I just sat there, and, of course, the first verse, the 'You've got a great car' thing just came out. [RealAudio]

"I didn't intend it to be necessarily the Rolling Stones riff, right off," Taylor said. "It

was more like Kiss,

because if you listen to Kiss, they were pretty much just really cheap imitation with a lot of distortion of [the Stones or] this Beatles riff. Things that nobody ever noticed, but they just ripped, like 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and stuff like that, except it's just all rock, 70s rock, glitter rock, tons of stuff.

"So, that's kind of how it started, with the really distorted version of that riff, and when it was broken down to acoustic guitar, it was like, 'Gee, that's really Stones-y,' and I was thinking, well, yeah, but it's not like the Stones are making that anymore. I'm sure everybody wants them to."

"But it's good to listen to," he explained, "and I don't really care how much crap I get for

taking it. It's what I want to

hear and it's what my friends want to hear, and it sure is a lot of fun to play, so that was that." [RealAudio]

The Dandy Warhols plan to head out on the road later this month for a U.S. tour, starting on July 19 in Philadelphia (see "The Dandy Warhols Prep American 'Bohemia' Tour").