While L7 was performing at the Reading Festival in 1992, their speakers blew out. The crowd became restless and threw mud onto the stage. In response, Sparks threw her tampon back at the crowd and yelled "Eat my used tampon, fuckers!" She never felt it was necessary to apologize for the incident. The tampon is known as one of the "most unsanitary pieces of rock memorabilia in history". In 1992, Sparks created a stir in England when she dropped her pants on live television during an L7 performance on the variety show The Word.