Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Dwarves

For a wild couple of years the Dwarves were arguably the most entertaining, offensive, and dangerous band anywhere to be found. I view the band's arc as mirroring a bell curve: the humble beginning making campy 60's inspired garage before transitioning to the lunatic sounds of Toolin' For A Warm Teabag and Blood, Guts & Pussy, followed by the inevitable sink to mediocrity. Living in the sticks I never had a chance to appreciate their brand of mayhem live, though their antics were recounted in almost every 'zine of the day. Apparently Blag Dahlia and the Dwarves are still kicking around, though I hopped off the train after the whole Subpop fiasco. If you haven't done so already, get a hold of Blood, Guts & Pussy, perhaps the best 11 minute LP you'll ever listen to. The Free Cocaine CD, which compiles Toolin', Lucifer's Crank, and assorted outtakes from the 1988 era, is also a worthwhile listen. The last two Subpop LP's (Thank Heaven for Little Girls & Sugarfix) are more polished and by the numbers. Despite missing that early energy each has a couple of decent tracks. Take a listen:

From the Free Cocaine compilation
Dwarves - Sit on My Face.mp3
Dwarves - Free Cocaine.mp3

From Blood, Guts, & Pussy
Dwarves - Fuck You Up & Get High.mp3
Dwarves - What Hit You.mp3

From Thank Heaven...
Dwarves - Dairy Queen.mp3

From Sugarfix
Dwarves - Anybody Out There.mp3


  • Dwarves official site
  • Jay at Agony Shorthand reminisces
  • Mark Prindle on "The Little Punk Band with a Heart of Gold"