Last Updated on 10:55 PM by Giorgos Tsekas
Only a few months after their departure from Sub Pop and 4 years since their last record (1993’s ‘Sugarfix’) Dwarves released ‘The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking’ in March 1997. Originally by Recess Records and then reissued by Epitaph Records and Theologian Records, the album was a smash hit and established the band in the punk/rock community. After all it was the album that launched a new era for Dwarves. Now the band is professional and less shockin’/freak but still too politically incorrect with real live concerts (lasting more than the 15 minutes ones that were performing ‘till that time), with stronger line up, new ideas, less bleeding noses and more sober, ready to conquer the world… Or something. Probably the popular myth that the bassist XXXXX disappeared in Detroit on a crack binge during 1992 tour or the fail hoax that the guitarist with the weirdo name He Who Cannot Be Named died (the band was banned from Sub Pop due to that fact and because ‘Sugarfix’ has carried a tribute to a band member that actually never lived!) was the turning points to the Windy City band’s career.
The reincarnation of the band was warm welcomed by their fans even though its base was reproducing all the stereotypes of punk rock including sexist, antisocial, antihuman and anti-christian lyrics. Until this album was released, The Dwarves were popular for being too edgy and shocking on their live shows, (throwing bags full of drugs – punching the audience in the face – performing naked among other facts) but now music was -at last- in the spotlight.
Many said back then that everything went to a more commercial direction as the disc doubled in length (…we are speaking about less than 24 minutes of music folks…), the songs slowed down a bit and pop elements were added to their sound. The only thing I know is that for almost 20 years ‘The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking’ still sounds fantastic, fresh and entertaining.
Lyrically speaking: ‘Unrepentant’ is about killing baby Jesus, ‘We Must Have Blood’ is about killing people in general, ‘I Will Deny’ has anti-social/self loathing theme, ‘Demonica’ is about the love desire of a man to a thirteen girl…, ‘Everybodies Girl’ is humoristic and really cool, ‘Throw that World Away’ is about world’s annihilation & extermination, ‘Hits’ is ironically the only one that is not a hit but describes the whole situation about this release in only 4 words …, ‘Ballad of Vadge Moore’ is about narcissism’, ’One Time Only’ speaks about sex, ‘Pimp’ is about someone that wants to be the pimp of a girl…while ‘The Crucifixion Is Now’ has this sentence “teach children to worship Satan” that says it all and finally ‘You Gotta Burn’ probably about… Pyromania… Dunno really!!!
P.S. The liner notes contained a “modified” copy of the Sub Pop press release concerning the Dwarves dismissal.
Highlights: ‘I Will Deny’, ‘Every Bodies Girl’, ‘We Must Have Blood’, ‘The Crucifixion Is Now’.