Duran Duran, Chic, Lemonheads Members Join Dandy Warhols' Monkey House

Nick Rhodes, Nile Rodgers, Evan Dando help band churn out new LP.

So, what have the Dandy Warhols been up to in the three years since Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia came out? Why, more monkey business, of course.

The Portland, Oregon, band's long-in-the-works new album, Welcome to the Monkey House, will come out in May in Europe and July in the U.S., the band's publicist said. The album was named after a book of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and will feature several veteran musicians.

Dandy Warhols' vocalist and guitarist Courtney Taylor co-produced the disc with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, who also plays on the album. The pairing might seem strange to indie hipsters, but the collaboration was long in the works. Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmstrom were big fans of Duran Duran's first record growing up, and Rhodes and Duran Duran singer Simon LeBon both ranked Dandy's Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia in their top 10 albums of 2000, according to the Dandy Warhols' publicist.

The Dandys and Rhodes first met last March at London's NME Awards and two months later they began working together. Veteran English producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with David Bowie, T. Rex and many others, produced two songs on the album.

The first single will be "Used to Be Friends." Other tracks include "The Last High," which was co-written with ex-Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, and "The Scientist," which features Nile Rodgers, member of the '70s disco outfit Chic and onetime producer for Duran Duran.

Welcome to the Monkey House was written on and off last year between tours of Australia, Japan and Europe. The band recorded in its Portland home studio and did additional work in the U.K. Final mixes were finished last September.

The group's Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia sold 110,000 copies, according to SoundScan, thanks largely to the single "Bohemian Like You," which was also featured in the soundtracks to "Clockstoppers," "Summer Catch" and "Six Feet Under."