Blag Dahlia

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Blag Dahlia
Blag Dahlia and Nick Oliveri (2006).jpg
Cafaro (left) with Nick Oliveri in 2006
Background information
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 (48)
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, garage punk, acoustic rock, bluegrass
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, author
Instruments Vocals
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

Paul Cafaro (born May 8, 1966),[1] better known as Blag Dahlia, is an American musician,[2] producer, and author known as the vocalist for punk band Dwarves.[3]

Music career[edit]

Cafaro is a native of Highland Park, Illinois, and is most well known as the front-man of Dwarves, a punk rock band.[4] 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,[5] The Dwarves,[6] F.Y.P, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Swingin' Utters and The God Awfuls.[7]

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,[3][8] 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 1999, he sang "Doing the Sponge" in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "The Chaperone".

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.[9]

Solo discography[edit]

  • "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).[11] In 2001, Dahlia performed "Zine-O-Phobia Music" for the Ghost World soundtrack.[12] 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.[13] He also narrated the 2007 Gotham Award-nominated independent film Loren Cass.


He has authored two novels, Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick (1998) and Nina (2006).[3][14]


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