March 23rd, 2013

L7 with producer Butch Vig at Sound City, during the recording of Bricks Are Heavy, 1991. (Via the official L7 Facebook page) Here’s an outtake from my book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, in which Vig discuss the events surrounding the making of the album:

BUTCH VIG (producer)
L7 were amazing. The sessions at Sound City were pretty straightforward, and then we went to Smart [Studios] back in Madison for like a month to finish overdubs and mix, and they took over the town. We rented a house a couple blocks in the studio, and it turned into the biggest fuckin’ party palace in Madison. They knew every druggie, junkie, bookie, psycho killer, man on the street. Every sort of scoundrel that Madison had, they knew. It was a parade of weirdos coming and going from the studio. It was pretty wild. To this day I still run into people going, “Man, those girls from L7, they fuckin’ knew how to party!”

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Official Tumblr for Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (Now in paperback; purchase info here.) The blog is run by the author, freelance writer/editor Mark Yarm; he is of no relation to Mark Arm of Mudhoney.