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Dwarves

Short of G.G. Allin, it would be hard to name a punk rock band that went further to establish a bad reputation than the Dwarves. Playing deliberately crude, high-speed punk rock dripping with bad attitude, the Dwarves -- led by vocalist Blag Dahlia and guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named -- matched their music with lyrics that celebrated all sorts of bad behavior, and their album covers almost invariably featured full frontal nudity. Add in the band's live shows, which often lasted less than 20 minutes and occasionally included a physical assault on the audience, and you have a recipe for infamy, which the Dwarves rode to a lasting cult following.

The Dwarves began in Chicago as a teen garage rock outfit called the Suburban Nightmare, and the garage/psych sound was partially carried over into the first Dwarves release, 1986's Horror Stories. After the first album, the Dwarves relocated to San Francisco and evolved into a faster and sleazier punk rock outfit, as documented on the 1988 EP Lucifer's Crank. In 1990, the Dwarves signed with Sub Pop Records and released their most notorious album, Blood Guts & P**sy, a ten-song, 13-minute assault packaged in a sleeve that featured two naked women covered in blood and a nude dwarf covering his midsection with a rabbit. Blood, Guts & P**sy became the talk of the underground music press, and the Dwarves blazed across the country on tour, leaving a trail of blood from their own self-inflicted gashes, a bagful of drug stories (according to popular myth, bassist XXXXX disappeared in Detroit on a crack binge during a 1992 tour, never to be heard from again), a litany of bizarre stage-show sex acts, and the wreckage of numerous 15-minute-long live shows.

The Dwarves unsurprisingly self-destructed shortly after a failed hoax; shortly before the release of the 1993 album Sugarfix, the band issued a press release stating that guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named had died. Sugarfix also carried a tribute to the guitarist, who in truth was very much alive. Sub Pop was not amused when they learned the facts and dropped the band, which soon went on hiatus. But the Dwarves re-formed for 1997's The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking, and Epitaph Records signed the band in time for 2000's The Dwarves Come Clean. Four years later the band returned with The Dwarves Must Die, including guests Dexter Holland from the Offspring, Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age, Nash Kato from Urge Overkill, and voice actor Gary Owens. In 2009 the band began to work on a new album, this time recruiting past members of the band like Salt Peter and Vadge Moore to play on the album instead of an all-star celebrity cast, and released The Dwarves Are Born Again in 2010. The year 2011 brought the EP Fake ID, and in 2014 the troublemakers returned with the album The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll. ~ Matt Carlson, Rovi
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Saw these Kats about A month 1/2 ago with Reverend Horton Heat & The Nekromantix @The Roxy they all played A sick set but the Dwarves left A big impression on me 1st time catching them
hey bonnit - go back to your skiffle music
patrick.tass e l l i
bobonnit !!!!!!!!!!!! ! You are a complete know nothing clueless untalented no ear for music so keep bobbing on it cus that is your only talent ahahahahahah h a a h h a h h h h
CLASS ACTS !!
i still dont know why this played on my Bad Religion radio
Get this no talent garbage offa my Pandora
everyone has a little dwarf inside them, you just have to search it out.
Blag signed my boobs.... 'cause I'm classy like that. Love love love them! :)
Best American punk since Bad Brains Discography missing Toolin for a warm teabag. Saw em during the blood guts and p**sy with Elvis Hitler.
i fought blag on stage twice. first he beat me in the head with the mic at the coconut teaser in 1991 then i ripped his pantie hose off his skinny a** and then kicked his a** and throw him off t5he stage naked at the roxy!
Recognize the Dwarves slut.The Riot Room 8/13 KC,MO.F**k you up and get high.
sithhappens9 8 0
Can't wait to see them tonight!
mtcanneries
blood,guts and p**sy may be the best punk album ever.top 5 for sure
ha! i saw the dwarves at Leny's bar in atlanta in 2004. it was soo baddass! the singer spit vodka at a lighter at the bass player and he actually caught on fire! actually.
I saw them at the Big Dipper in Spokane in the early 90's. I was working door that night and had come in early just to hang out and they came in to set up and do a sound check. They played three songs...on a sound check. This was a band known for 15 min. shows. Then later on they played a 40 min show! That is like 5 hours for any other band. He Who Can Not Be Named played the entire set wearing nothing more than a Spiderman mask. They didn't play sloppy either, tight as a duck's a**.
That's funny, and true.
ah well. you gotta hand it to the dwarves. whatever "it" is. you know how around here everyone mumbles toothlessly on and on about how they saw donovan live at the macrame cafe in 1907 and he smiled at them and wasnt that a special time and place and so forth? well i saw the dwarves like three times and it adds up to a sum total of about two minutes worth of live experience. and it's all blurry.
bromide01
Fuck YEAH!
Weeeeeeeeeee e e e e e ! ! ! ! Good party music. Also they blurr the album art cuz there are little kids who use this site and we don't want this to become a 18+ site.
dude, yer blurring my album cover.
Long Live the DWARVES!
Oh. I think Bonide's getting excited. I listen to the Dwarves and good stuff happens.
bromide01
Hells yeah.
lol ^^ they might be offensive but i like them <3
Whats not to like about this????


I F**K SO GOOD
You won't see no pictures of me pasted on nobody's wall,
and we can talk about art all night long,
but I won't say nothing at all...
now i ain't no p**sy son of a b**ch
i get wasted every night
cause the girls on the street give it to me for free
cause i f**k so good
i guess it's cause i f**k so good
cause I'm young dumb misunderstoo d
i guess it's cause i f**k so good
maybe it's cause i f**k so good
cause I'm young dumb misunderstoo d
but i f**k so good
i mean it really i f**k so good
and i say i f**k so good
but I'm young dumb misunderstoo d
bromide01
I think The Dwarves may be a little sexist.
bromide01
Oh, I see. Pandora has to cross out letters in "bad words" on album titles, yet showing naked women and little people covered in blood is a-ok. Hmmm. Oh and let's see what else do we have up there? A naked female wearing a ski mask. An obvious reference to sado-masochi s m . What else? Oh, the Dwarves logo seems to be visual play on the skull and cross bones, or should I say skull and cross "boners". Oh, my. Haha ha. I won't even touch the implicit meaning of "Thank Heaven for Little Girls"...
Love the Blag b**ch!!!

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