Courtney Taylor-Taylor is riled up about fluoride.
The Portland, Ore., resident and frontman of the Dandy Warhols was part of a large contingent of citizens who recently helped to vote down a measure to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.
"These people just come in with this whole like, 'We've got to help the little children' with their big, slick campaign," Taylor-Taylor said of the pro-fluoride crowd. "It looked really dark."
With debates of public health versus public poisoning out of the way, the Dandy Warhols launched their latest tour earlier this week. The band performs Wednesday at the 9:30 Club.
|The Dandy Warhols|
|» Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW|
|» When: 7 p.m. Wednesday|
|» Info: $25; 202-265-0930; 930.com|
The Dandy Warhols are hitting the road in honor of the 13th anniversary of their 2000 album "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia."
"For older bands like us, it's a cliche to do your biggest record," Taylor-Taylor said, speaking by phone from Olympic Provisions in Portland. "We're like 'Oh, we'll never do that.' Then a year ago, [keyboardist] Zia [McCabe] was like, 'Do you realize that 2013 is the 13th anniversary of "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia"? Nobody has that. We have to. I know it's a cliche. We have to do it.' "
With the year 2013 and 13 years having passed since their album with "Thirteen" in its title, all cliches are forgiven.
"It's not a cliche to have a triple 13 tour," Taylor-Taylor said.
The Dandy Warhols plan to reissue "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" on June 11, including the remastered album and a bunch of bonus material. The band also intends to perform the album in its entirety while on tour.
"It's an important record," Taylor-Taylor said. "It came out when Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit and all those rap-rock acts were dominating the charts. We're the only band who sounded like bands now, back then."
The Dandy Warhols formed in Portland in 1994 and have released eight albums, the most recent being last year's "This Machine." The band's most well-known song is probably "Bohemian Like You," off of "Thirteen Tales."
Taylor-Taylor acknowledged that next year is the band's 20th anniversary. He added that he enjoyed going through old recordings, photos and press clippings in putting the reissue together.
"It was super fun," he said. "It's amazing how many changes, the world's perspective on us. We went from art weirdos to stuck-up jerks to drug-crazed sex maniacs to grown-up superartists."