Friday, September 17, 2010
Killer Dwarfs were one of the most underrated metal acts in Canada during the eighties. Perhaps it may have been the fact that they used humour to sell their records and weren't taken seriously. Their name itself poked fun at their diminutive stature. If you were a metal fan though, their music alone made you stand up, whip out your air guitar and bang your head. From their early days as a Black Sabbath cover act to a Juno award winning band by the end of their career. The band kept perfecting their sound without the stability of a supportive label or management team. Having started their careers in Toronto in the early eighties with Attic Records. They were dropped by Attic after their first release and were forced to go the independent route for their next release. The band toured and opened for huge International metal acts like Saxon, Accept and Iron Maiden. This was enough to attract Epic Records and the producer Andy Johns for the album, Dirty Weapons, in 1990. Who's Andy Johns you say? Oh, he's just a guy that engineered some of the greatest rock albums of all time like Led Zeppelin's II, III and IV and the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street (to name just a few!). Dirty Weapons is the lead off track on the album. It's a hard driving rock song and Russell Graham sings like a young Sebastian Bach all over this track. The band would release one more album in 1992 before calling it quits. You can purchase the album on Ebay and Amazon between $5 and $40. You can watch the video for the song, Dirty Weapons, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY-HGhnyfXw&ob=av2e). As always, you can hear this song and others that I blog about each day on Live 365 (www.live365.com/stations/raisedoncndnradio). Thanks for reading and enjoy!