Blood Guts & Pussy

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Blood Guts & Pussy
Studio album by Dwarves
Released 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Horror punk
Hardcore punk
Garage punk
Length 13:07
Label Sub Pop
Producer Dwarves
Dwarves chronology
Toolin' For A Warm Teabag
(1988)
Blood Guts & Pussy
(1990)
Thank Heaven for Little Girls
(1991)

Blood Guts & Pussy is a 1990 album by the Dwarves. It was their first album for Sub Pop, and the album's sleeve was the subject of controversy, receiving protests from feminists.[1] Dwarves frontman Blag The Ripper asserts that the Blood Guts & Pussy classic "Drug Store" is one of his favourite songs to play live, and that it is frequently requested during live sets.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Back Seat of My Car" (Dwarves) – 1:05
  2. "Detention Girl" (Dwarves) – 1:33
  3. "Let's Fuck" (Dwarves) – 1:01
  4. "Drug Store" (Dwarves) – 1:06
  5. "Skin-Poppin' Slut" (Dwarves) – :56
  6. "Fuck You Up and Get High" (Sigh Moan, Specky Spec) – :40
  7. "Insect Whore" (Dwarves) – :53
  8. "Flesh Tantrum" (Dwarves) – 1:07
  9. "SFVD" (Dwarves) – :50
  10. "What Hit You" (Dwarves) – 1:12
  11. "Astro Boy" (Dwarves) – 1:20
  12. "Motherfucker" (Dwarves) – 1:23
  • The vinyl format includes the bonus track "Gash Wagon", but does not include "Astro Boy" or "Motherfucker". Some CD issues include the bonus tracks "Fuckhead" and "She's a Bitch".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

The album received a 4.5/5 rating from Allmusic's Matt Carlson, who commented on the album's "explicit exploitation and genuinely disgusting humor", and described it as "thirteen songs full of general punk sloppiness and distortion performed in 14 minutes".[3] David Sprague of Trouser Press described the album as "tight and musicianly".[4] It was voted "most offensive album ever made" in SPIN.[5]

Both commented on the album's sleeve, which was described as "equally disgusting" as the album title,[1] featuring a photograph by Michael Lavine of three nude models covered in animal blood,[6] which Sprague saw as designed for "calculated offence".[4] The sleeve art was referenced on the 2000 album Come Clean, which was similar, but with the blood replaced with soap.[1] Jason Heller of The A.V. Club later called it "one of the most unforgettable album covers of the decade...It was an acidic, idiotic reminder that punk could still shock and offend (and flat-out fucking rock)."[7]

The album was described as "a bona-fide punk classic" by the OC Weekly.[8] Douglas Wolk of Pitchfork Media said it was the band's "Platonic ideal of phallic stupidity".[9]

Personnel[edit]

  • Blag Jesus (now known as Blag Dahlia/Blag The Ripper)
  • The Dwarves - Producer
  • Jack Endino - Engineer
  • He Who Cannot Be Named
  • Jane Higgins - Photography
  • Julia - Photography
  • Michael Lavine - Photography
  • Vadge Moore
  • Salt Peter - Bassist
  • Charles Peterson - Photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 312
  2. ^ "Dwarves". Fungusboy.net. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b Carlson, Matt "link Blood Guts & Pussy Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-02-07
  4. ^ a b Sprague, David "Dwarves", Trouser Press, retrieved 2010-02-07
  5. ^ Kane, Siobhán (2007) "Politically (In)Correct" Event Guide, retrieved 2010-02-07
  6. ^ Davidson, Duncan Scott (2007) "Noise Pop: Blag, guts, and pussy", San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 21, 2007, retrieved 2010-02-07
  7. ^ Heller, Jason (July 16, 2013), "Fear of a Punk Decade Part 1: 1990: 'That's the story of my life'", The A.V. Club, retrieved July 16, 2013 .
  8. ^ Ritchie, Ryan (2007) "Blood, Guts and Literacy: Blag Dahlia steps out from behind the Dwarves to wax hysterical", OC Weekly, July 12, 2007, retrieved 2010-02-07
  9. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2008-07-14) "Sub Pop 20: Individual Staff Picks", Pitchfork Media, retrieved 2010-02-08