Hungry for Stink

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Hungry for Stink
L7 - Hungry for Stink.jpg
Studio album by L7
Released July 12, 1994
Recorded A&M Studios
Sound City
The Clubhouse in Los Angeles, California
Genre Grunge
Length 44:43
L7 chronology
Bricks Are Heavy
Hungry for Stink
The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum
Singles from Hungry For Stink
  1. "Andres"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Stuck Here Again"
    Released: 1994 (promo)
  3. "Can I Run"
    Released: 1995 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A+[2]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]

Hungry for Stink is the fourth album by the Los Angeles grunge band L7. The title is taken from a personal ad that was seen by one of the band members shortly before the album was released.[citation needed] It was released in July 1994 during their Lollapalooza tour. Musically, the album is heavier than the band's previous work, marking the culmination of their progression from a largely punk to metal sound.[citation needed] Lyrically the songs concern "darker" themes; for example stalking on "Can I Run", and depression and insanity on "Questioning My Sanity".

The song "Andres" was released as a single and peaked at #34 in the UK in July 1994. "Can I Run" and "Stuck Here Again" were both released as promotional singles.[6][7] The song "Fuel My Fire" which is largely based on the Cosmic Psychos' tune "Lost Cause" was covered later on by the electronic band The Prodigy on their The Fat of the Land album. An early recording of "Freak Magnet" had previously appeared as a B-side to the "Everglade" single, a track from the Bricks are Heavy album.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote: "While L7 sounds tremendous on Hungry for Stink, the band has neglected to write any songs.[1] But when you're caught in the middle of a massive guitar grind this good, songs don't matter much." Rolling Stone stated: "Chief songwriter Donita Sparks and company kick inter-gender butt by means of power chords and grunge abandon."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Andres" Gardner, Sparks 3:03
2. "Baggage" Gardner, Sparks 3:18
3. "Can I Run" Sparks 3:54
4. "The Bomb" Finch, Sparks 2:39
5. "Questioning My Sanity" Finch, Sparks 3:42
6. "Riding with a Movie Star" Sparks 3:19
7. "Stuck Here Again" Gardner, Sparks 4:58
8. "Fuel My Fire" Cosmic Psychos, Sparks 3:46
9. "Freak Magnet" Gardner, Sparks 3:14
10. "She Has Eyes" Finch, Sparks 3:16
11. "Shirley" Finch 3:09
12. "Talk Box" Sparks 6:06
Total length: 44:43




  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hungry for Stink - L7". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (July 15, 1994). "Hungry for Stink Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Corio, Paul (December 29, 1994 – January 12, 1995). "L7: Hungry For Stink : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 185. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 500. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: L7". Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Discogs
  7. ^ Discogs