Cafaro (left) with Nick Oliveri in 2006.
|Birth name||Paul Cafaro|
|Also known as||Blag Dahlia
Blag the Ripper
Earl Lee Grace
May 8, 1966 |
Highland Park, Illinois, United States
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, garage punk, acoustic rock, bluegrass|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, producer, author|
|Labels||Thick Syrup Records, SubPop, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Epitaph|
|Associated acts||Dwarves, Mondo Generator, The Uncontrollable, Penetration Moon, Suburban Nightmare, Candy Now!|
Dahlia is best known as the frontman of Dwarves, a punk rock band, which he founded while attending Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago in the mid-1980's. With the Dwarves, he has written and produced nearly a dozen studio records over a span of over 30 years. He has produced albums by Mondo Generator, Dwarves, F.Y.P, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Swingin' Utters, and The God Awfuls. He 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. He started an acoustic duo with Nick Oliveri, The Uncontrollables. He narrated the opening score on Last Day of School by Autopsy Boys. In 1999, he sang "Doing the Sponge" in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "The Chaperone".
Two songs recorded by Dahlia 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. Dahlia 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 Chris Fuller's 2007 Gotham Award-nominated independent film Loren Cass.
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 three 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
- 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
- Niimi, J. "Dwarves". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- Mondo Generator homepage
- CDuniverse Production Credit
- Dahlia production credits Archived May 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Blag Dahlia interview
- Ghost World credits
- Hostel credits
- Suburban Stain Archived May 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- 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