L7 (band)

From Sajun.org

L7 is a punk all-women band. The band was formed in 1985 by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, who were later joined by Jennifer Finch and Dee Plakas. They signed to Epitaph Records for their first album and to Sub Pop in 1989. The name is taken from a slang phrase from the 1950s which means "square," but is often mistaken for a reference to a sex position, also called "69"

The band formed Rock For Choice, a Pro-Choice women's rights group which has been supported by many other bands, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against The Machine.

The band gained notoriety for their performance at the 1992 Reading Festival, when Donita Sparks removed her tampon on-stage and threw it into the crowd in protest against the missiles being thrown by the crowd. The band have been featured in a documentary enumerating the most significant musical moments in British TV, notably being the only people to appear twice in the list - for an appearance on the program The Word where Sparks pulled her pants down, and for the raffling of Dee Plakas for a one night stand with an audience member during a live show in London.

At this moment "L7 are on an indefinite hiatus. We know that's vague, but that's just the way it is. The future of the band is a bit up in the air at the moment."

The band made an appearance in the 1994 John Waters film Serial Mom under the name "Camel Lips".


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