Bricks Are Heavy by L7
Name Bricks Are Heavy
Album Type Studio Album
Genres Grunge, Riot Grrrl, Heavy Metal
Release Date

April 14, 1992

Recorded Date and Place 1991 & 1992 at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin and Sound City in Van Nuys, California
Label Slash
Producer Butch Vig
Length 37:28
Preceded By Smell the Magic
Followed By Hungry for Stink

Bricks Are Heavy is the second studio album by California riot grrrl band known as L7, and is their most popular album, notably for the single "Pretend We're Dead." The album became a milestone in riot grrrl music.

Musical Style Edit

Most of the tracks were written by Donita Sparks. The album is notable for being one of the group's heavier releases, as it focused more on an alternative/heavy metal sound. It still kept the punk elements of riot grrrl. The album is also more vulgar, with songs titles like "Wargasm" and "Shitlist."

Success Edit

Much of the album's success came from the emergence of the Seattle Sound into the mainstream media, due to Nevermind by Nirvana and Ten by Pearl Jam. This helped the album's single, "Pretend We're Dead," to sell well, bringing L7 into the mainstream radios. The album reched number 1 on the BIllboard Heatseekers, even though it peaked on 160 on the Billboard 200.

Tracklist Edit

No. Title Writers Length
1. "Wargasm" Donita Sparks 2:40
2. "Scrap" Sparks, Brett Gurewitz 2:53
3. "Pretend We're Dead" Sparks 3:53
4. "Diet Pill" Sparks 4:21
5. "Everglade" Jennifer Finch, Daniel Ray 3:18
6. "Slide" Suzi Gardner 3:27
7. "One More Thing" Finch 4:07
8. "Mr. Integrity" Sparks 4:06
9. "Monster" Gardner 2:56
10. "Shitlist" Sparks 2:55
11. "This Ain't Pleasure" Gardner 2:42

Personnel Edit

L7 Edit

  • Donita Sparks - guitar, lead vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10
  • Suzi Gardner - guitar, lead vocals on tracks 6, 9 and 11
  • Jennifer Finch - bass guitar, lead vocals on tracks 5 and 7
  • Demetra Plakas - drums, backing vocals on "Pretend We're Dead"

Additional Musicians Edit

  • Paul Ryan - bongos

Production Edit

  • Butch Vig - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering
  • Steve Marker - engineer
  • Mr. Colson - engineer
  • Elizabeth Hale - art direction
  • Jeff Price - art direction
  • Randall Martin - artwork
  • Vicki Berndt - photography
  • Arlan E. Helm - photography
  • Damion Romero - photography

Singles Edit

  • "Pretend We're Dead"
  • "Everglade"
  • "Monster"

Chart Positions Edit

Chart Peak
Billboard Heatseakers 1
UKAlbum Charts 24
Australian Album Chart 47
Billboard 200 160

Sources Edit

  • Wikipedia: [[1]]