L7 - Everglade 12”
Another L7 single I bought because my Bricks are Heavy album is in such poor condition. This is a single-sided 12” single with an awesome etched second side.
I’m glad I bought this because of the non-album track Freak Magnet that I’d never heard before.
Listen to “Freak Magnet”.
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!”
Nineteen years ago today, L7 singer/guitarist Donita Sparks tossed her used Tampax into the crowd at the U.K.’s Reading Festival, yelling, “Eat my used tampon, fuckers!” Her former bandmate Jennifer Finch remembers this menstrual moment in rock history in this excerpt from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:
“People were throwing mud at us when we were playing. Donita was like, ‘Fuck this!’ and went behind her amp and pulled out her tampon and threw it into the audience. It was hysterical. That’s something we used to do, growing up: drive around and pull our tampons out and throw them at people that made comments. It’s the ultimate kind of ‘fuck you.’ I always thought Donita was a bit of a reactionary, but thank God, she just expressed how angry and upset she was at that moment.”