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Smell The Magic

by L7
Smell The Magic by L7
Released: Jan 1991
Label: Sub Pop Records
Forget Bricks Are Heavy; Smell the Magic captures L7 at their squalid, furious, slightly self-parodying best. (Is the title a Spinal Tap reference? You be the judge.) Lyrical quality varies -- bad girls don't give warnings before they shove -- but "Fast and Frightening" makes up for that with lines like "Got so much cl*t/She don't need no balls." And when those sludgy guitars kick in, it sounds like somebody's taking a chainsaw to the recording equipment. Yum. Johnny Thunders may have died penniless and drug-sick, but he left behind a few daughters. Check out the final three bonus tracks.
Sarah Bardeen