Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

born on 8/4/1963 in Chicago, IL, United States

Donita Sparks

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Donita Sparks

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.[1]

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.[2]

Controversy

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". [3] 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.[4]

Discography

L7

Year Title Label Notes
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

Year Title Label Notes
1999 One Man's Meat TDRS Music

Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments

Year Title Label Notes
2008 Transmiticate CASH Music Debut album

References

  1. Donita Sparks at All Music Guide allmusic.com
  2. Schippers, Mimi. Rockin' Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Rock. Rutgers University Press. 2002.
  3. Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography, 5th, Edinburgh: Mojo Books.
  4. 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

External links

  • Donita Sparks' official website
  • Interview
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