Pretend We're Dead
|"Pretend We're Dead"|
|Single by L7|
|from the album Bricks Are Heavy|
|Format||7", 12", CD, CS|
|Producer(s)||L7, Butch Vig|
|L7 singles chronology|
"Pretend We're Dead" is a 1992 song by grunge band L7, from the album Bricks Are Heavy. The song was written and sung by Donita Sparks. The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and just missed out on cracking the UK Top 20 Hit Singles, stalling at #21.
The song has a 'dirty' sound synonymous with the grunge movement; distorted, industrial-punk influenced guitars. However the song has a crossover appeal, that made the song radio friendly, even on conservative stations such as the BBC's Radio One. This is underlined by the immediate and infectious chorus, despite a heavy rock, punk attitude and sound. L7 Performed the song on the UK family friendly music show "Top of the Pops" and the Channel 4 late night cult pop culture show "The Word" - often seen as the antithesis of "Top of the Pops". This was never more evident than when Donita Sparks dropped her trousers, during a performance, revealing no underwear.
The single was released on the following formats in the UK - 7", 12", CD Single and as a limited edition (vinyl), picture disc.
The song was featured in the video games, TV shows and films including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rock Band 2, Beavis and Butt-head, Hindsight and The Perks of Being a Wallflower in addition to the trailer for Shaun of the Dead.
- "Pretend We're Dead" (Sparks)
- "Shitlist" (Sparks)
- "Lopsided Head"
- "Mr. Integrity" (Sparks)
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||21|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||8|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||21|
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