L7

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": grunge riot grrrl punk female vocalists rock alternative Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Guitarist/vocalists Donita Sparks (8 April 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Suzi Gardner (b. 1 August 1960, Sacramento, California, USA) formed L7 in 1985, linking with Jennifer Finch (b. 5 August 1966, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass/vocals, ex-Sugar Baby Doll) and trying several drummers, finally finding Demetra ‘Dee’ Plakas (b. 9 November 1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA) after domestic touring to promote L7, supporting Bad Religion (drummer on their debut album was Roy Koutsky). The band’s raw punk-metal caught the interest of Sub Pop Records, who released Smell The Magic, a raucous, grunge-flavoured blast that further enhanced the band’s growing underground reputation. Bricks Are Heavy brought major success, with the surprisingly poppy ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ becoming a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Subsequently, the band became darlings of the music press with their multicoloured hair and shock-tactic humour. In the...

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