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L7

American all-female rock band

L7 is an American all-female rock band founded in Los Angeles, California, first active from 1985 to 2001 and re-formed in 2014.[5] Their longest standing lineup consists of Suzi Gardner (guitars, vocals), Donita Sparks (vocals, guitars), Jennifer Finch (bass, vocals), and Dee Plakas (drums, vocals). L7 has released seven studio albums and has toured widely in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America. "Pretend We're Dead" was heavily played on US alternative radio and entered the top 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1992.[6]

Due to their sound and image, L7 is often associated with the grunge movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s.[7] As an all-female band, L7 formed Rock for Choice in 1991 and have, at times, also been linked to riot grrrl, although they preceded and are outliers of both the grunge and riot grrrl movements.[8] The band's name, L7, derives from a slang term for square,[9] and was deliberately chosen as a gender neutral sign.[10] A documentary film about the band, L7: Pretend We're Dead, premiered in 2016.[11][12]

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1985
L7 was born in Los Angeles.

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