Killer Dwarfs

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Стиль:Glam Metal, Rock
Страна:Канада

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Russ Dwarf Graham - vocals
Gerry Dwarf Finn - guitar and vocals
Bad Ronbo Dwarf Mayer - bass and vocals
Darrell Dwarf Millar - drums and vocals

Группа «Killer Dwarfs» из канадской провинции Онтарио, скрещивавшая хэви-метал со стадионным поп-роком, получила свое название из-за низкорослого фронтмена, хотя все остальные ее участники были нормального роста. Команда образовалась в 1981 году со стартовым составом из Расса Грэхема (вокал), Даррелла Миллара (ударные), Брайса Трюина (гитара) и Энг... показать целикоме Фодеро (бас). Спустя пару лет на фирме «Attic» вышла дебютная пластинка, отмеченная некоторым вниманием на родине, но не вызвавшая никакого переполоха за пределами Канады. Фодеро и Трюин посчитали, что у группы нет будущего, и в 1984 году уволились, освободив места для Майка Холла и Рональда «Плохиша» Мэйера.
Меж тем какой-то ди-джей из Сан-Антонио взялся гонять на своей радиостанции песни с первого альбома «Killer Dwarfs», и канадцам сей факт стал известен. Поэтому когда вышла их вторая пластинка, они первым делом отправились не куда-нибудь, а в Техас, заложив тем самым основы своей популярности в Штатах.

К слову сказать, «Stand Tall» получился на голову выше своего предшественника, а попавшие в эфиры MTV клипы на заглавный трек и композицию «Keep The Spirit Alive» обеспечили «карликам» полнометражные гастроли в компании с «Saxon» и «Accept». Успех группы заставил зашевелиться крупные рекорд-компании, и вскоре «Killer Dwarfs» заключили сделку с «Epic Records». Сей факт был отмечен в названии альбома «Big Deal», породившем один крупный хит («We Stand Alone») и несколько мелких («I’m Alive», «Startin’ To Shine», «Tell Me Please»).

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Killer Dwarfs were a heavy metal band who formed in late 1981 in Oshawa, Ontario. Though they were known for their off beat sense of humor (all band members adopted the surname "Dwarf"), they were nominated for two Juno Awards.
The original members of Killer Dwarfs were Russ Graham (Russ Dwarf) lead vocals, Bryce Trewin (Bryce Dwarf) on guitar, Ange Fodero (Ange Dwarf) on bass, and Darrell Millar (Darrell Dwarf) on drums. Trewin and Fodero left the band a year after its self-titled debut album was released in 1983 because they thought the band was stuck in neutral; they were replaced by Mike Hall (Mike Dwarf) on guitar and Ronald Mayer (Ronald "Bad Ronbo" Dwarf) on bass, respectively. They released 1986's Stand Tall (on indie label Maze/A&M in Canada and Grudge Records in the USA) with this lineup. The album received good reviews and achieved modest success. It sold 80,000 units with no small help from the videos for "Keep the Spirit Alive", which was the most requested video on MTV by spring 1987, and the title track, "Stand Tall". With the addition of touring the U.S. coast to coast, the exposure got the band noticed, which eventually led them to signing a record deal with major label Epic Records. In 1988 the band released its first album on the Epic label titled Big Deal, which featured their major U.S. metal radio hit We Stand Alone. In 1988 They were the opening act for Iron Maiden on their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour in England. In 1990 they released Dirty Weapons. These two albums are their only releases to make the Billboard charts. Mike Hall left prior to 1992's Method to the Madness, and was replaced by Gerry Finn (Gerry Dwarf). With their most successful days behind them, they were dropped by Epic. That, added to Graham's family crisis[citation needed], was enough to put the Killer Dwarfs on hold in 1995. The Stand Tall lineup reunited in 2001 for a tour, and a live album, Reunion of Scribes: Live 2001, was released in 2002. Bassist Ron left the band in 2003 and was replaced by Sass Jordan bassist Stan Miczek. Stan was nicknamed Smokin' Stan Dwarf. Mike Hall also played in the band Balls Deep, with former Harem Scarem drummer Darren Smith, Stan Miczek on bass, as well as playing guitar on Smith's recent solo release. As of 2008, the band is inactive, with Russ Graham joining Canadian rock institution Moxy.

Mike Hall has also been a member of London, Ontario's Helix, playing alongside his Balls Deep bandmate Darren Smith. Gerry Finn has also played alongside Hall in Helix. Millar has gone on to start his own record label, Unkledunk Records, and is now a frontman for rock band Automan.



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