Pretend We're Dead
by L7

Album: Bricks Are Heavy (1992)
Charted: 21

Songfacts®:

  • They can't hear a word we've said
    When we pretend that we're dead


    Written by L7 frontwoman Donita Sparks, this song is a call to action, making the point that doing nothing is exactly what the powers-that-be want from their opposition.

    What was the band fighting for? For one thing, the war in Iraq (which they cover in another Bricks Are Heavy track, "Wargasm"), but also reproductive rights. Around this time, they formed an organization called Rock For Choice in an effort to combat the anti-abortion push of the George H. W. Bush administration. Supporters in L7's effort included Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
  • The murmured "Come on, come on, come on, come on" vocals were done by the band's drummer, Demetra Plakas.
  • The B-side of the single is a song called "S--tlist," which Oliver Stone used in his movie Natural Born Killers as the theme for the sociopathic character Mallory Knox, played by Juliette Lewis.
  • This is one of the more accessible songs L7 delivered, and was their biggest hit, reaching #8 on the American Alternative Songs chart and #21 on the UK Singles chart.
  • When L7 performed this on the British TV show The Word in 1992, near the end of the song Donita Sparks took off her pants, causing quite a stir in the UK press.

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