Pretend We're Dead

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Pretend We're Dead"
L7pretendweredead.jpg
Single by L7
from the album Bricks Are Heavy
B-side "Shitlist"
Released 1992 (1992)
Format 7", 12", CD, CS
Recorded
Genre Grunge[1]
Length 3:55
Label Slash
Writer(s) Donita Sparks
Producer(s) L7, Butch Vig
L7 singles chronology
"Pretend We're Dead"
(1992)
"Everglade"
(1992)
Bricks Are Heavy track listing
"Scrap"
(2)
"Everglade"
(3)
"Diet Pill"
(4)

"Pretend We're Dead" is a 1992 song by grunge band L7, from the album Bricks Are Heavy.[2] The song was written and sung by Donita Sparks. The song achieved international success peaking at #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and #21 on the UK Singles Chart as well as charting in Belgium and Australia.

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.[neutrality is disputed] This is underlined by the immediate and infectious[peacock term] 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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pretend We're Dead" (Sparks)
  2. "Shitlist" (Sparks)
  3. "Lopsided Head"
  4. "Mr. Integrity" (Sparks)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 21
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danaher, Michael (August 4, 2014). "The 50 Best Grunge Songs". Paste. 
  2. ^ Watts, Ted (September 7, 1995). "L7's Finch doesn't rock by the numbers". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – L7 – Pretend We're Dead". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – L7 – Pretend We're Dead" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "L7 – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for L7. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "L7: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 5, 2016.

External links[edit]