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is the third album by the Bricks Are Heavy Los Angeles band L7, released in April 1992 through Slash Records. Backed by the single "Pretend We're Dead", the album became a breakthrough hit and the band became the "poster girls" of grunge music.
The album was released shortly after grunge had broken into the mainstream with the surprise success of
Nirvana's . In July 1992, the song " Nevermind Pretend We're Dead" gained popularity among American rock radio stations, where it received regular airplay. By late August, the album had reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart, and two weeks later it peaked at No. 160 on the . Billboard 200
Musically the album is heavier and dirtier than the band's previous recordings and described as "catchy tunes and mean vocals on top of ugly guitars and a quick-but-thick bottom of cast-iron grunge" by
. Entertainment Weekly While the band retained its  punk and hardcore punk roots, there was more emphasis on heavy metal than before. It was produced by Butch Vig, who is renowned for his work with bands such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and, later, Garbage.
Track listing [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Butch Vig - producer, engineer, mixing
Howie Weinberg - mastering
Steve Marker - engineer Mr. Colson - engineer
Elizabeth Hale - art direction
Jeff Price - art direction
Randall Martin - artwork
Vicki Berndt - photography
Arlan E. Helm - photography
Damion Romero - photography
Chart positions [ edit ]
Other success [ edit ]
The song "Pretend We're Dead" was used in the video games
and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . It was also used in the US trailer for the movie Rock Band 2 . Shaun of the Dead
The song "Shitlist" was used in both the 1992 sequel
and Pet Sematary Two Oliver Stone's 1994 film and its Natural Born Killers soundtrack. The song is or was used by professional wrestlers Jon Moxley, who is currently signed as Dean Ambrose in WWE, during his runs in CZW, and Brian Pillman in ECW. CM Punk, now under contract with UFC, used the song as his entrance theme while on the independent circuit.
The song was used in the opening credits of an episode of the television series Beverly Hills 90210.
Accolades [ edit ]
: "The Essential Recordings of the 1990s" Rolling Stone
: " The Village Voice Pazz & Jop 1992 Critics Poll: Albums" – No. 32
The Village Voice: "Pazz & Jop 1992 Critics Poll: Singles" – No. 11 ("Pretend We're Dead")
The Village Voice: "Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List" - No. 4
References [ edit ]
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^ a b Arnold, Gina (June 19, 1992). "Bricks Are Heavy Review". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . May 9, 2013
^ Berger, Arion (September 17, 1992). "L7: Bricks Are Heavy : Music Reviews". : 94. Archived from Rolling Stone the original on November 12, 2007 . Retrieved . May 9, 2013
^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: L7". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
^ "L7 - Bricks Are Heavy CD Album". CD Universe . Retrieved . May 9, 2013
^ Chirazi, Steffan (4 April 1992). "L7 'Bricks Are Heavy '". . Kerrang! 386. London, UK: EMAP.
^ , UK charts page for Bricks Are Heavy by L7
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