:: Dwarves - Drug Store (Live) ::
:: Dwarves - Goodnite Tacoma ::
I'm still a sucker for The Dwarves, though I can't say I've been bowled over by any of their LP's since Blood, Guts & Pussy and Thank Heaven for Little Girls. They still put on a high powered and intense 20 minute live show. The first time I caught them was back in '90 or '91. I was one of about 25 people who went to see them at the Trocadero in Philly. There was a drunken dwarf in attendance, swaying to the music in front of the stage. I didn't get the impression that they brought him as part of the act, though who knows? At about 15 minutes into the show, lead vocalist, Blag Dahlia started throwing bottles of beer at the sparse audience, each bottle shattering until the floor was covered in broken glass. Then he stretched his arms out and yelled, "Bring it on, motherfuckers," to which some folks started picking up the glass and throwing it back on stage at him. The dwarf began spitting on Blag, and hopping as he did, so his spit would reach its target. The show ended a few minutes later with the band trashing their equipment and a masked, but otherwise nude, HeWhoCannotBeNamed throwing his guitar off the stage. I watched a guy pick it up off of the floor and run with it out the front door. Ah, good times.
This picture disc 7-inch came out in 1995 on Man's Ruin, a few years after the hoax death of HeWhoCannotBeNamed that got them kicked off of Sub-Pop. You can read about it here. There are two live songs, "Drug Store" and "Dairy Queen," recorded at San Francisco’s Trocadero at one of their occasional “final” shows. There’s also a remixed "Smack City" (here called "Goodnite Tacoma"), and it has a little more punch than the version that appeared on Sugarfix, as well as contains a sound clip of someone calling 911 for a heroin overdose.