L7 by L7
L7 Album
Name L7
Album Type Studio Album
Genres Riot Grrrl, Punk, Grunge
Release Date


Recorded Date and Place 1987
Label Epitaph
Producer Brett Gurewitz
Length 31:58
Followed By Smell the Magic

The Album L7 is the first and eponymous album by the American riot grrrl band L7. It was the only album to feature original drummer Roy Koutsky on drums before Koutsky was replaced by Dee Plakas.

Musical Style Edit

The album is more punk-oriented than their later works. This album goes back to the band's origins before they were in the mainstream media and before they were known as a grunge band. However, the album does carry traces of grunge.

Reception Edit

The album has met with mixed reception. The Rolling Stone Album Guide gives the album 2.5 stars out of 5. Allmusic gives the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, with critic Steve Huey criticizing the album's diversity: "their trademark grungy fusion of punk and metal isn't quite fully formed yet, often skewing heavily toward one side of the equation or the other."

Tracklist Edit

No. Name Writer(s) Length
1. "Bite the Wax Tadpole" Suzi Gardner 2:16
2. "Cat-O'-Nine-Tails" Gardner 2:12
3. "Metal Stampede" Donita Sparks 2:25
4. "Let's Rock Tonight Gardner, Sparks 3:12
5. "Uncle Bob" L7 6:32
6. "Snake Handler" Gardner 2:29
7. "Runnin' from the Law" Gardner, Sparks 3:10
8. "Cool Out" Sparks 2:54
9. "It's Not You" Gardner 1:45
10. "I Drink" L7 2:55
11. "Ms. 45" L7 2:40

Personell Edit

L7 Edit

Producton Edit

  • Brett Gurewitz - producer
  • Jordan Tarlow - guitar technician
  • Suzy Beal - artwork
  • Donnell Cameron - engineer
  • Jeff Campbell - CD layout
  • Al Flipside - photography, cover photo
  • Bruce Kalberg photography
  • Randall Martin - logo
  • Eddy Schreyer - mastering
  • N.Todd Skiles - design

Trivia Edit

  • "Bite the Wax Tadpole" is the Chinese name for Coca-Cola.
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