Only on Rdio: Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s Concept Band, One Model Nation


One Model Nation is the creative and intriguing side-project of The Dandy Warhol’s Courtney Taylor-Taylor, but it bears some explaining. The new album, Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1967-1977), was created by Taylor-Taylor and producer Donovan Leitch under the guise of fictional 1970’s German band One Model Nation. The band’s full story is told in a complementary graphic novel, but we’ll let the band explain the basics below. Keep your ears busy with One Model Nation's Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1967-1977) and Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s One Model Nation-inspiration playlist.

Questions with One Model Nation

  1. Who is One Model Nation?

    One Model Nation: To make a long story short, One Model Nation is a real life incarnation of what started as a fictional band set in suppressive late seventies Germany. The four real life members of OMN have basically done an auditory character study of this imagined band, similar to an actor immersing himself in a role. The living, breathing members of OMN exist as a band in this contextualized reality as a jumping off point to making music that is inspired by the past and our imagination of that time, but also thoroughly driven by our need to make modern sound systems catch fire.

  2. What inspired the One Model Nation story?

    OMN: Injustice, and the strong willed freaky people that have the nerve to do right in spite of that.
  3. What musicians would One Model nation have influenced?
    OMN: Bands that wear their ethos on their sleeve, whether that be political or stylistic. Past bands like The Clash, long-running bands such as Primal Scream, or newer bands like Handsome Furs or Ratatat.