Donita Sparks

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Donita Sparks
Born (1963-04-08) April 8, 1963 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Bass guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Epitaph Records
Sub Pop
Slash Records
Man's Ruin Records
Wax Tadpole Records
CASH Music (currently)
Associated acts L7
Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments
Lou Man Group

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 the 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.[1] 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.[2] Sparks is also the drummer for the Lou Reed tribute band, Lou Man Group.[3]


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 apologized for the incident. The tampon is known as one of the "most unsanitary pieces of rock memorabilia in history".[4] 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.[5]



Year Title Label Notes
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[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
1999 One Man's Meat TDRS Music

Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
2008 Transmiticate CASH Music Debut album


  1. ^ "New Yorker out Loud, Vol. 2 - Various Artists: Credits". AllMusic. 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Schippers, Mimi (2002). Rockin' Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock. Rutgers University Press. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-8135-3075-8. 
  3. ^ "L7 - Interview". Loud! Noises!. June 2015. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 589. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  5. ^ Brewer, Mary F. (January 1, 2002). Exclusions in Feminist Thought: Challenging the Boundaries of Womanhood. Sussex Academic Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-902210-63-6. 

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