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L7 The Word- The W1nners' Club

Have you ever enjoyed yourself so much at work that you felt the overbearing need to remove your underwear in front of everyone else in the office?

If you have, you are not alone.

Donita Sparks, lead singer of grunge rock girl band L7 did just that during a now iconic performance on the UK’s late night Channel 4 TV show The Word.

L7 were a band that had often courted controversy and The Word was a show that relied on shock value through its content and the behaviour of its guests. It was a match made in heaven and L7’s 1992 performance more than rose to the occasion.

As the band played what turned out to be their biggest hit, ‘Pretend That We’re Dead,’ towards the end of the song as things began to descend into chaos, lead singer and guitarist Donita Sparks appeared to be struggling with her guitar. The reality was she was actually wrestling down her trousers and underwear.

Much to the delight of the thousands of males that had tuned in to watch that evening, Sparks’ guitar swung aside at the end of the track to give the entire nation an infamous and hairy glimpse of her womanhood.

If that seems to you to be excessive behaviour, please spare a thought for the L7 fans that went to Reading Festival that same year.

In response to heckling due to the sound problems that the band were suffering, Sparks tossed a used tampon into the crowd in frustration. It’s an item that we may yet one day see on the antiques roadshow as a piece of rock memorabilia.

donita sparks tampon - The W1nners' Club

Have a look at the video below and think back to the last time you really enjoyed yourself at work. We bet you didn’t get your man bits or lady parts out for all to see as a statement of artistic expression did you?



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