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The Dwarves are an American band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1980s. They are currently based in San Francisco, California.

They are known for their nuanced punk repertoire, and controversial lyrics. Since the and sounds of their early days, they have recently developed more of a influence. Their shows have been notable for some aggressive fights on stage (with the audience and even a cop), and because “He Who Cannot Be Named” performs either in nothing but a jockstrap or totally nude, and makes no attempt to hide behind his guitar.

Their album covers are unusual - naked women, and a naked dwarf sodomizing a rabbit covered in blood, for their 1990 album “Blood Guts & Pussy” - followed up a decade later, with a similar theme, this time covered in soap suds, for “Come Clean”. The band was sacked from their previous label, Sub Pop over pranks such as the long-lasting hoax contending that guitarist “He Who Cannot Be Named” had died. They have recorded on several labels and recently joined Sympathy For The Record Industry. They also have a track listed on the Punk you compilation album.

The original members of the Dwarves began making music together in the mid 80’s as teenagers in the Chicago outfit Suburban Nightmare. The group’s original Paisley underground sound was evident on the band’s 1986 Voxx Records debut Horror Stories, an album which, like many of its Paisley underground contemporaries, contained a number of mid 60’s Pebbles-inspired garage rock covers, including The Avengers’ “Be a Cave man”, and Shag’s “Stop and Listen”.


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  • wiseblood-

    Blood Guts & Pussy is friggin' IMPECCABLE

    14 Feb 6:02pm Reply
  • FuckerDance

    Listen to Massacre feat. Dexter Holland (2)

    5 Jan 6:20pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @fingerbib circa two years ago: Wrong as wrong can be. Some of the new stuff sucks, but Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Sugarfix are among their best records and the next few after those have at least some worthwhile material. Don't believe everything you read on Pitchfork and stop listening to Coldplay.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GP_Javi

    Great new album. I expected a bit more variety tho

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • chuplag

    I'm in love with everybody's girl

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sugarfix_

    Anyone else going to the Atlanta show?

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • podgethebastard

    infact let them live they are pretty cool

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • podgethebastard

    the dwarves must die

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • timpa138

    I Wanna kill you boyfriend, I wanna kill your man!

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mai_neim_iz_OZN

    you can't get bored with this band!

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Elturtle

    So fuckin great live. WHERE'S HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED!?

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • fingerbib

    'Blood Guts & Pussy' is pure class. Everything after that is terrible, though..

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mefurgly

    Where's Hewho? Where's Rex? 2012 dwarves like guns'n'roses...

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • madamadam99

    Blood Guts & pussy...What an album, not a dude on it. Still where my T with pride. Class.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DaygloAbrtn

    Teach children to worship Satan!

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • toughman123

    Listen to Massacre feat. Dexter Holland

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • samathrashin

    wanna get high and fuck some sluts? suuuuuuuure

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Elturtle

    Hail to the victim.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • sglangdon

    If you liked the last few you might like it...

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • timpa138

    I'm pretty new to this band, and I am hooked. Blood, Guts And Pussy is my favorite album.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
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