Rock Legend He Who Cannot Be Named...
MOST MYSTERIOUS CHARACTER IN ROCK N’ ROLL
He Who Cannot Be Named has been playing punk rock for over 25 years, most of that time with the legendary “Dwarves”. An original member of this San Francisco based combo, he wrote or cowrote many of your favorite tunes from the early Sub Pop albums “Blood Guts and Pussy”, “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” and “Sugarfix”. He was voted guitarist of the year by Flipside Magazine in 1991, but is mostly known for his unusual stage wear, or lack thereof. His trademark look can best be described as
“naked and wearing a mask”.
According to James Orme from Slug Magazine, He Who... is
“maybe the most mysterious character in all of rock n’ roll.”
Perhaps his infamous “death hoax” has something to do with this air of mystery. “Sputnik Music” published an account of this macabre bit of rock history.
In 1993 the band (Dwarves) issued a press release stating their guitarist
He Who Cannot Be Named had been stabbed to death in Philadelphia.
Though this later turned out to be a hoax, the band even went as far as to
attach a tribute to the "late" guitarist on their 1993 Sub Pop-released album
“Sugarfix”. Sub Pop did not respond well to the hoax and summarily
dropped the band from its label.
In the late 90’s He Who reappeared to play on the Epitaph release “Come Clean”. He has played and written on all Dwarves releases since.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MASSACRE
Finally, in the summer of 2010, He Who Cannot Be Named released his first solo album titled “Sunday School Massacre” to rave reviews. AMP called it
“one of the most important punk rock releases in recent memory”,
and went on to say that it
“is everything you would come to expect from the guy responsible for most of
the nasty riffs that kicked your ass when you were back in high school”.
A video for the song “Happy Suicide” features a zombie deathday party.
Hewho’s second album, “Humaniterrorist” was released in October 2012. This collection of songs continued where the first album left off, with Hewho’s own style of short, fast and funny punk.
According to Uberrock.uk
...it’s pretty much (dirty) business as usual with the likes ‘Die Die Die’,
‘Zombieland’ and ‘I Eat Babies’ immediately putting the fear of God into
those brave enough to invest in this vinyl only release.”
A music video from the song, “Gettin Pissed” was released around the same time.
In March 2013 LOVE/HATE was released, exclusively on CD. This collection of 22 songs is primarily a repackaging of the first two albums, but contains a few previously unreleased tracks.
In August of 2013 He Who Cannot Be Named returned to the UK to rave reviews. This time he appeared twice at the “Rebellion Festival” in Blackpool. For this exclusive appearance he was reunited with the members of UK Prog Punkers Destroy DC.
The He Who Cannot Be Named band is currently made up of local bay area musicians Keith Mueller (Bite), Mark Adams (Black Furies) and Mike Wampler.
The pasty couple years He who has been working hard to write and record a new collection of songs, soon to be released on "EXTRA MEDIUM FIDELITY RECORDS".
Very little is known about HeWhoCannotBeNamed, some say he's a high ranking GOP politician, some say he's on loan from NASA, Interpol has several international warrants out for his arrest....
Interviews and Reviews of HeWhoCannotBeNamed
Review of Love Hate release by SWNK (Some Will Never Know)
Interview with Big Wheel Magazine
Interview with Uber Rock UK
Review/Interview by NoiseCreep
Interview with Plug In Music
Happy Suicide Video Premier
Interview with Blag of The Dwarves
Uber Rock's review of Rebellion 2013 including HeWho Acoustic Performance
Uber Rock's review of Love/Hate CD
Johnny H interview for Uber Rock of HeWho
HeWho write up from DNA Lounge in SF
Sub Pop Records page for The Dwarves, including no mention of HeWho's death...
CockRoach Media Label Group's Website featuring HeWho music!
A picture of HeWho with long hair on his sack and head
The Dwarves Bio from Drowned in Sound.
Fairly comprehensive review of The Dwarves over the years by Satan Stole My Teddybear...
Review of "The Dwarves Invented Rock And Roll" by The Punk Site
Interview with The Dwarves by The Belfast Telegraph
The Dwarves gig / review by some paper in Pittsburg
Review of "The Dwarves are Young and Good Looking", 17 years after it came out by Metal Invader
Are you still reading this shit?
"Sunday School Massacre" review by Antimusic.com