Cafaro (left) with Nick Oliveri in 2006
|Birth name||Paul Cafaro|
|Also known as||Blag Dahlia, Blag Jesus, Blag The Ripper, Earl Lee Grace, Julius Seizure, Blag Stallion|
|Born||May 8, 1966 (47)|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, garage punk, acoustic rock, bluegrass|
|Occupations||Musician, producer, author|
|Labels||Thick Syrup Records, SubPop, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Epitaph|
|Associated acts||Dwarves, Candy Now!, The Uncontrollable, Suburban Nightmare, Earl Lee Grace, Penetration Moon, Mondo Generator|
Cafaro is a native of Highland Park, Illinois, and is most well known as the front-man of Dwarves, a punk rock band. With the Dwarves he has written and produced 10 full length records over a span of 24 years. He has produced albums by Mondo Generator, The Dwarves, F.Y.P, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Swingin' Utters and The God Awfuls.
Cafaro also released solo material as Blag Dahlia and under one of his other aliases, Earl Lee Grace. Blackgrass (1995), a 13-song LP of bluegrass songs, was released on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label using a backing band of real bluegrass musicians. Cafaro also started an acoustic duo with Nick Oliveri, The Uncontrollables. Most recently he narrated the opening score on Last day of school by Autopsy Boys. The song also has an 80's style slasher flick music video.
In 2004, Dahlia was involved in an altercation with Josh Homme at an L.A. club, after which Homme was arrested for assault. Upon pleading no contest, Homme was ordered to remain at least 100 yards (91.44 meters) away from Dahlia and the club, was sentenced to 3 years probation with community service, and was forced to enter a rehab program for 60 days.
- "Let's Take a Ride" / "Lord of the Road" 7" (1994), Sympathy for the Record Industry
- "Doing the Sponge" (1999), SpongeBob SquarePants
- Venus With Arms CD (1995), Atavistic
- Blackgrass CD album (1995), Sympathy for the Record Industry – released under the name Earl Lee Grace
- "Haunt Me" / "Let's Take a Ride" 7" (1996), Man's Ruin
Two songs recorded by Earl Lee Grace were on the soundtrack to A.W. Feidler's short film, The Job (1997). In 2001, Dahlia performed "Zine-O-Phobia Music" for the Ghost World soundtrack. Blag appears in a Mock Snuff film entitled Misogynist: The Movie (2003) The Dwarves song "Massacre", which Dahlia wrote, was on the soundtrack to the 2006 film Hostel. He also narrated the 2007 Gotham Award-nominated independent film Loren Cass.
- Blag Dahlia MySpace
- Ritchie, Ryan (2007) "Locals Only – Blood, Guts and Literacy: Blag Dahlia steps out from behind the Dwarves to wax hysterical", OC Weekly, July 12, 2007, retrieved 2010-02-07
- The Sinful Dwarf
- Mondo Generator homepage
- CDuniverse Production Credit
- Dahlia production credits
- Blag Dahlia interview
- Chris Lee (2007-06-24). "Queens’ rough rider". LA Times.
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 312
- Ghost World credits
- Hostel credits
- Suburban Stain