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For their anniversary release, Dwarves Are Born Again, the band brought back all the members from previous years who were still breathing and (somewhat) sober, at least a dozen in all. Other guests included Josh Freese, Dexter Holland and Spike Slawson rounding out one of the Dwarves' finest collections of songs, ranging from the electro-punk paean to their legacy "15 Minutes" through the metalcore "We Only Came To Get High," the hilarious, garage-punk "I Masturbate Me" and the boisterous Blink-182-ish "Happy Birthday Suicide," which was written by HeWhoCannotBeNamed.
This album represents a time when punk had more of an "anarchistic quality to it," as Dahlia puts it, when it more of a lifestyle as opposed to a genre. "It was more like a way of doing things," he explains. "The people that were outside the mainstream were lumped in as punk, so you had a lot of different genres you could go to. That's the whole Born Again thing. This band survived all the different hypes and bullshit, and represents a real freedom to say anything you want and play anything you want. You combine the most commercial aspects with the most disturbing aspects and that's what we've been trying to do all along."
Looking back across the years, Dahlia imagines what his perfect 25th-anniversary party would be like: "It definitely involves teenage girls with braces, the ritual burning and stoning of the critics, and ends with all the record companies we ever dealt with giving us a big refund and apology for being assholes."