This was passion and drive, there was no recording contract. Just a band surviving on a dedication to music.
I’ve always appreciated the Killer Dwarfs. Their sense of humor and positive message have always resonated well with me.
A Canadian heavy metal outfit established in 1981, the Killer Dwarfs and their 1986 release, Stand Tall, have come to epitomize the concept of following your dream. Stand Tall was recorded in the ’80s, at Comfort Sound Studio, in the wee hours of the night for little or no money. This was passion and drive, there was no recording contract. Just a band surviving on a dedication to music.
The gamble paid off, by the summer of 1987 MTV had begun playing the band’s videos. “Stand Tall” and “Keep the Spirit Alive” found themselves in heavy rotation. This led to a national recording contract.
The music video for “Stand Tall” seemingly sums up the Dwarfs plight. Unable to land a big record deal, the band decide to make the record themselves. What follows is a hilarious manufacturing assembly with each band member taking part in the process. My favorite part of this video is near the end when the cheap production is put into the microwave and magically comes out perfect.
There’s a reason this release is highly sought after. This isn’t a slick production of a music veteran. This is a true example of sincere dedication shining through, check out “Stand Tall” and relieve the magic of the Killer Dwarfs! \m/
Killer Dwarfs (1986) :
- Russ Graham – Vocals
- Mike Hall – Guitars
- Bad Ronbo Mayer – Bass
- Darrell Millar – Drums