Second from left in this photo of L7 with Joan Jett
April 8, 1963 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, punk rock, riot grrrl, heavy metal|
Man's Ruin Records
Wax Tadpole Records
CASH Music (currently)
Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments
Donita Sparks (born April 8, 1963) is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. In addition to performing with her most recent band Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments, she is the co-founder (along with Suzi Gardner) of grunge band L7. Sparks released her debut solo record Transmiticate in February 2008. Her work has been featured in films such as Natural Born Killers, Serial Mom, and Brokeback Mountain, and video games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rock Band 2. Sparks and L7 formed Rock for Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1991, staging numerous concerts featuring some of the biggest bands in the industry benefiting pro-choice organizations.
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.
|1988||L7||Epitaph Records||Debut album|
|1990||Smell the Magic||Sub Pop||Reissued in 1991 with three extra songs|
|1992||Bricks Are Heavy||Slash Records||Reached #1 on Billboard Heatseekers|
|1994||Hungry for Stink||Slash Records||Reached #2 on Billboard Heatseekers|
|1997||The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum||Slash Records||First album without bassist Jennifer Finch|
|1998||Live: Omaha to Osaka||Man's Ruin Records||Live album|
|1999||Slap-Happy||Wax Tadpole Records||Final studio album|
|2000||The Slash Years||Slash Records||Compilation of popular songs from 1992–1997|
Viggo Mortensen's Spoken Word
|1999||One Man's Meat||TDRS Music|
Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments
|2008||Transmiticate||CASH Music||Debut album|
- http://www.allmusic.com/album/r383879/credits allmusic.com
- Schippers, Mimi. Rockin' Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Rock. Rutgers University Press. 2002.
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 589. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- http://books.google.ca/books?id=5PWEpoc-W-0C&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127&dq=Donita+Sparks+The+Word+1992&source=bl&ots=_r62VmN-kk&sig=K2vo5k2kN6zx5UtYD2mP_DTXkHY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DgJkT73BLMrG0QH-o4WYCA&sqi=2&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Donita%20Sparks%20The%20Word%201992&f=false Exclusions in feminist thought: challenging the boundaries of womanhood