born on 8/4/1963 in Chicago, IL, United States
Donita Sparks (born April 8, 1963, Chicago, Illinois) is a vocalist, guitarist and song-writer based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to performing with her most recent band Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments, she is also the co-founder, along with Suzi Gardner, of grunge band L7.
Working with producer Ethan Allen (50 Foot Wave, The 88, Gram Rabbit), Sparks released her debut solo record "Transmiticate" in February, 2008, available online. The first single off her new album is titled "Infancy of a Disaster", video for the song is uploaded on YouTube.
Sparks original scores can be heard in the 2007 feature film The Life Of Reilly, starring Charles Nelson Reilly. Her work has also been featured in Natural Born Killers, John Waters Serial Mom, the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The New Yorkers "Out Loud" series CD for the film Brokeback Mountain, and most recently, Rock Band 2.
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.
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 felt it was necessary to apologize for the incident. The tampon is known as one of the "most unsanitary pieces of rock memorabilia in history".  In 1992, Sparks created quite a stir in England when she dropped her pants on live television during an L7 performance on the UK variety program The Word.
|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 Mortenson's Spoken Word
|1999||One Man's Meat||TDRS Music|
Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments
|2008||Transmiticate||CASH Music||Debut album|
- Donita Sparks at All Music Guide allmusic.com
- Schippers, Mimi. Rockin' Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Rock. Rutgers University Press. 2002.
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography, 5th, Edinburgh: Mojo Books.
- http://books.google.ca/books?id=5PWEpoc-W-0C&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127&dq=Donita+Sparks+The+Word+1992&source=bl&ots=_r62VmN-kk&sig=K2vo5k2kN6zx5UtYD2mP_DTXkHY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DgJkT73BLMrG0QH-o4WYCA&sqi=2&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Donita%20Sparks%20The%20Word%201992&f=false Exclusions in feminist thought: challenging the boundaries of womanhood
- Donita Sparks' official website