Dwarves – Dwarves Are Born Again CD (2011) Review

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Music Reviews, News and general babble
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Dwarves – Dwarves Are Born Again CD (with bonus DVD) 2011

UK Distribution – Wienerworld

  • 25th anniversary of the most bizarre and misunderstood punk rock band of all time, including a free bonus DVD
  • 25 years in the making, the Dwarves Are Born Againfeatures heroes from throughout the Dwarves saga
  • Blag the Ripper, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything, the Fresh Prince of Darkness and a cast of thousands including Vadge Moore and Sgt. Saltpeter from the notorious Blood, Guts and Pussy record return to crush the ears of a desperate public
  • You get hardcore punk, ear banging pop and everything in between from the long standing masters of all styles. Damaged rock celebrity cameos mix with twisted phone messages and ear splitting noise all delivered with the pomp and circumstance that only the mighty Dwarves can deliver
  • Dwarves is an American punk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, as The Suburban Nightmare, in the mid-1980s. Formed as a garage punk band, their career subsequently saw them move in a hardcore direction before settling into an eclectic punk rock sound. They have been described as “one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age”



The Dwarves write catchy , drug infused , often pornographic three minute classics . And this album is no exception.

A follow up from 2004’s The Dwarves Must Die  , this is 32 minutes of mayhem . The first song modestly titled “The Dwarves Are The Best Band Ever” kicks off with the lyrics ” Lets get high and fuck some sluts” , and this is the precursor to what is to follow.

Dwarves Are Born Again is typical Dwarves with Blag spitting out lyrics beautifully mixed with classic punk guitar, slamming bass and drumming to kill to.

Listening to Dwarves now is like a history lesson in punk. I can hear Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains , Dinosaur Jr amongst others , yet they still make the entire album their own in a way only the Dwarves can. An album to turn up loud , piss off the neighbours and sing along too.

This is a release from the great independent UK distribution company Wienerworld and comes with a fantastic bonus DVD full of live features from the last 25 years . A really nice bonus feature and makes this a real treat.

I am the Jesus Christ of sin and vice shouts Blag and do you know what I guess he’s right 7/10

Available from Wienerworld – click link below for details



1. The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever

2. 15 Minutes

3. Stop Me

4. Looking Out For Number One

5. You’ll Never Take Us Alive

6. Bang Up

7. We Only Came To Get High

8. I Masturbate Me

9. It’s A Wonderful Life of Sin

10. Happy Birthday Suicide

11. Fake ID

12. Working Class Hole


14. Candy Now

15. Do The HeWhoCannotBeNamed

16. Your Girl’s Mom

17. Zip Zero

18. The Band That Wouldn’t Die




  • THE DWARVES first tour in 1988 covered over 6,000 miles and highlights were featured in the Village Voice. The tour consisted of 3 cities, 4 shows and $165 dollars cash. The band slept in a cargo van and booked gigs on stolen telephone cards.
  • THE DWARVES teamed up with Top Ten producer Eric Valentine (Third Eye Blind, All American Rejects, Slash) to make their last 5 studio albums. He even showed up to some of the sessions! Valentine and Blag Dahlia helped write songs for Smashmouth, Good Charlotte and Skye Sweetnam.
  • THE DWARVES have recorded for visionary independent labels including Sympathy For The Record Industry, Epitaph, Fat, Sub/Pop, Bomp!, Amphetamine Reptile, Man’s Ruin, Recess, Theologian, Glitterhouse, Burning Heart, White Jazz, High Voltage, No Balls, Zodiac Killer, MVD, Midnight, Reptilian and Greedy. Some of them even paid royalties.
  • THE DWARVES have been stabbed, bludgeoned, swarmed, arrested, shut down, sabotaged and even fellated onstage and much of it is available on video, like the free dvd that comes with the Dwarves Are Born Again.
  • THE DWARVES were one of the first hardcore bands to regularly use samples, drum loops and found sounds, even on their earliest recordings where they used cassette tapes to generate them.
  • THE DWARVES were kicked off tour with a UK metal band for sleeping with the girls the headliners had hired to hang out backstage. They were banned from venerable punk dive CBGBs for breaking a table and bleeding on the floor making the venue cleaner and improving its décor.
  • THE DWARVES began in the 1980’s as an Illinois punk garage band, covering everything from the Seeds and Moving Sidewalks to Gang of Four and Devo. They still have skinny ties and tight pants to prove it.
  • THE DWARVES played with the Minutemen weeks before D. Boon died, visited GG Allin in Maximum Security prison and did coke with the Lemonheads in a seedy hotel room. And that was all in one day! Their list of collaborators on records is vast, including the ones they can contractually mention like Dexter Holland, Josh Freese, San Quinn, Nash Kato, Gary Owens, Spike Slawson, DJ Marz and Nick Oliveri.
  • THE DWARVES play music that crosses all genres. Their last LP ‘The Dwarves Must Die,’ mixed all modern rock styles including hardcore, garage, punk, surf, noise, death metal, experimental, industrial, hip/hop, grunge and good old-fashioned pop. Even their modesty is legendary.
  • THE DWARVES music has been featured on television shows like Viva La Bam, Nash Bridges, Rob and Big, Laguna Beach, 16 and Pregnant, Homewrecker, Jackass and dozens more. They appeared naked on Monster Garage and Playboy After Dark, where HeWhoCanNotBeNamed mated with a pumpkin.
  • THE DWARVES are the very best looking band in show business.
  • THE DWARVES did a live one-hour performance on Japan’s prestigious NHK network. At the dinner afterward, they literally ate a horse. Barred from appearing in Switzerland they no longer tolerate cheese with holes in it.
  • THE DWARVES played Berkeley’s punk collective Gilman Street the first month it opened and appeared there with the likes of Green Day, NOFX and the Didjits. They were later banned for beating a spectator, but don’t worry, he was a fan of some other group.
  • THE DWARVES are a true independent band with no outside management or record label, DIY forever. They leave no remains when they die, only footprints in the snow.
  • THE DWARVES bassist Rex Everything has been tazed and did time for battery and resisting arrest. He loves kittens, puppies and long walks on the beach. Guitarists HeWhoCanNotBeNamed and The Fresh Prince of Darkness teach and counsel troubled teens when not ingesting cocaine and masturbating to hardcore pornography.
  • THE DWARVES have been members of groups like KMFDM, Gnarls Barkley, Mondo Generator, Motochrist, Excel, Penetration Moon, Juliette and The Licks, The Queers, Scream, N.Y. Loose, My Head, John Cougar Concentration Camp, Kyuss, The Uncontrollable and End of Power. Don’t hold it against them.
  • THE DWARVES are OG’s (Original Grunge) appearing with Nirvana, Mudhoney, L7, Supersuckers, Rev. Horton Heat and the Fluid. They appeared in the film Kurt & Courtney where they were described as ‘one of the more violent bands.’
  • THE DWARVES were attacked in 2005 by a disturbed person enraged over the band’s lyrics. The first rock ‘n’ roll battle record, ‘Massacre’ proved the old adage that the truth hurts, but so does being assaulted.
  • THE DWARVES are arty intellectuals who live in San Francisco. Their notorious ‘Blood, Guts and Pussy’ album cover, depicting a dwarf clad only in dead rabbit and blood spattered Amazons, catapulted photographer Michael Lavine to fame across the globe, but led to widespread banning of the record and protests at gigs for years to come.
  • THE DWARVES guitarist HeWhoCanNotBeNamed died in 1993 as reported in SPIN, Alternative Press, SF Weekly and Harper’s among others. Being denied entrance to Hell he returned to mortal form, commenting later-‘that which kills me makes me stronger.’
  • THE DWARVES music has been featured in films like Ghostworld, Hostel, Observe and Report and Me, Myself and Irene where Jim Carrey crooned ‘Motherfucker’ while having a nervous breakdown in a car. In the hardcore porno Rocksuckers genitals collide to a ballsy Dwarves soundtrack. Lloyd Nickell’s new video for ‘Stop Me’ contains content deemed harmful by the FBI, FCC and Mothers Against Intercourse.
  • THE DWARVES singer Blag the Ripper sang the novelty hit ‘Do the Sponge’ on the cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants. Dwarf Sgt. Saltpeter has written and performed over 20 musical pieces featured since the show began. That’s Balls Folks!
  • THE DWARVES have actually been around for 27 years, but couldn’t think of two more things to say about themselves. Except that Blag has published two novels, Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick and the teenage sex romp NINA. His podcast RadioLikeYouWant.com spreads the gospel of bad music and intrusive interviews with partner in crime Mike Routhier.
  • THE DWARVES performed onstage with Turbonegro at the Leeds Festival, UK and have toured Europe 11 times performing at Reading, Pukkelpop, Goteborg Gallopp, Download Donnington and Rebellion Fest to name just a few. Please don’t ruin a perfectly good gram of hash with tobacco.
  • THE DWARVES cannot be seen in mirrors or when the sun is out, but you can see them live in concert soon at a theater near you.

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