finally bringing punk to the mainstream, bands such as L7 suddenly became "en vogue" as the quartet was signed to Slash
, issuing its best-known album with the Butch Vig
-produced Bricks Are Heavy in April of 1992 (which spawned the popular MTV hit "Pretend We're Dead"). L7's follow-up, 1994's Hungry for Stink, failed to expand the group's following despite being part of the 1994 version of the traveling U.S. alt-rock festival Lollapalooza. Bassist Finch left the group shortly thereafter (eventually replaced by former Belly
bassist Gail Greenwood) and the group issued such further releases as 1997's The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum, 1998's Live: Omaha to Osaka, and 1999's Slap-Happy, while the group was also the subject of a 1998 concert film made by former Nirvana
bassist Krist Novoselic
, also titled The Beauty Process. In 2000, a 12-track retrospective collection was issued, Best of L7: The Slash Years, but for all intents and purposes the band was no longer touring and was widely believed to have ceased operations. Indeed, the following year saw L7 announce, via their website, that they would be going on "indefinite hiatus."
The members continued to be musically active, however, with Sparks pursuing a solo career, with help from Plakas, under the moniker Donita Sparks & the Stellar Moments and Finch playing with the punk unit the Shocker
. In 2014, Sparks, Gardner, Finch, and Plakas announced via L7's Facebook page that the group would be reuniting. L7 played their first show together in 18 years at the Echo in Los Angeles on May 23, 2015, followed by an international tour. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi