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On record, Paul Cafaro's been called Blag Dahlia, Blag the Ripper, Blag Jesus and Earl Lee Grace, but offstage, the Dwarves front man goes by another pseudonym—Blag the author.
The Dwarves began more than two decades ago and made a name for themselves thanks to 10-minute sets, fights with the audience, four album covers featuring nude women (three of which also showcase a real dwarf), and a naked, masked guitarist known as HeWhoCanNotBeNamed. The band signed to Seattle's Sub Pop Records but was kicked off the label when the group faked HeWhoCanNotBeNamed's death. Their 13-song, 13-minute Blood, Guts & Pussy is a bona-fide punk classic with songs such as "Let's Fuck," "Skin Poppin' Slut" and "Fuck You Up and Get High." Over the years, the Dwarves' music has grown to incorporate more pop and electronic influences, but the extracurricular activities that surround the band have remained.
Dahlia is no one-trick pony, as he released a bluegrass album named Blackgrass under the name Earl Lee Grace in 1995 and authored two books, 1998's Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick and 2006's Nina. Dahlia hits DiPiazza's Restaurant and Lounge in Long Beach Wednesday for a reading that, he says, will include "some humorous stuff, talking some shit and singing some songs."
OC Weekly: What are your plans for this reading?
Dahlia: I hadn't thought about that much. I put out this book called Nina. It's the story of a naughty teenage girl. I'll read a few stories from that. I could get The Great Gatsby. Why not go with a proven winner? Why should I bother reading my shit?
Nina isn't your first book, right?
Yeah, I wrote a book called Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick. It was surreal, chock-full of culture references, kind of an experimental book. Nina is more readable and fun, minimalistic and concise. The experiment was over. We lost. It was time to put the experiment to rest.
Why did you start writing?
As you get older and you're not as good-looking anymore, things like rock become more difficult. You have to fall back on less important things, like writing.
How do you describe your writing?
[Armed] was an extended pun. People just hate them. It was literary diarrhea. Then I decided to concentrate on what people are actually interested in, which is sex. I probably should write about rock, but I just can't think in those terms yet.
Do you get response from your writings from people who don't know the Dwarves?
Sometimes. I always thought literary girls were cuter. They have glasses, and it seems like they would know more positions because they've read.
What's the average female Blag Dahlia fan like?
She probably looks one way in Orange County and another way in Dubuque, Iowa.
What can people expect at the Dwarves' Galaxy show?
Orange County has really gorgeous women. It's an Aryan wasteland of teenage beauty.
BLAG DAHLIA PERFORMS AS PART OF THE WRITER'S GARAGE AT DIPIAZZA'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, 5205 E. PACIFIC COAST HWY., LONG BEACH, (562) 498-2461; WWW.DIPIAZZAS.COM . WED., 8 P.M. FREE BEFORE 8 P.M.; $5 AFTER.