Song of the Day: We Used To Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols

We Used to Be Friends” is a song by American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Welcome to the Monkey House, on 23 April 2003. The single failed to chart in the US but peaked at No. 18 in the UK. The song is known for being the theme song to the TV series Veronica Mars, and was also notably featured in an episode of the The O.C., the FIFA Football 2004soundtrack and is also the theme song to Australian reality series, My Restaurant Rules. (In his appearance on Australian music game show Spicks and Specks, Taylor-Taylor expressed that he had not heard of My Restaurant Rules, and did not see the connection between restaurants and the subject matter of the song.)

Lyrics:

A long time ago
We used to be friends
But I haven’t thought of you lately at all
If ever again
A greeting I send to you
Short and sweet to the soul I intend

Ah ah ah ah
Come on now honey
Bring it on bring it on yeah
Just remember me when
You’re good to go

Come on now sugar
Bring it on bring it on yeah
Just remember me when

It’s something I said
Or someone I know
Or you called me up
Maybe I wasn’t home
Now everybody needs some time
And everybody knows
The rest of the lines
In everybody else’s show

Come on now sugar
Bring it on bring it on yeah
Remember me when
You’re good to go

Come on now honey
Bring it on bring it on yeah
Just remember me when
We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends
A long time ago
Yeah

A long time ago
We used to be friends
But I haven’t thought of you lately at all
If ever again
A greeting I send to you
Short and sweet to the soul I intend

We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends
A long time ago
We used to be friends
Yeah

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Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor wrote this song about a friend of his named Mark. The singer says Mark also inspired The Dandys’ song “Ride,” which appeared on their first album The Dandys Rule OK. In our Dandy Warhols interview, we asked Taylor-Taylor about this song and he told us that he and Mark had gone through a little mix-up that accidentally led to them not talking for many years.

The B-side of the single for this song contains two covers: “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and “Call Me” by Blondie. It wasn’t the first time The Dandy’s released a single with a cover song as the B-side. The B-Side for the 7″ vinyl single of the band’s popular song “Bohemian Like You” was a cool, alternative cover of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.”

The song bears a similar bass riff and vocal melody to that of a Feeder song, “Day in Day Out”, & the band have listed Grant Nicholas as co-writer.

NME praised the track, describing it as “a synthetic chatter of robotic handclaps and tweaky guitar fuzz, creamed off with a squeaky-clean chorus delivered in alarming falsetto”.

Cover versions

  • In 2011, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional covered this song on his album Covered In The Flood.

The Dandy Warhols

Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia,power pop
Years active 1994–present
Labels Beat the World, Capitol, The End,Tim/Kerr
Associated acts The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Website http://www.dandywarhols.com/
Members Courtney Taylor-Taylor
Peter Holmström
Zia McCabe
Brent DeBoer
Past members Eric Hedford

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