7 Year Bitch

7 Year Bitch

Infobox Musical artist
Name = 7 Year Bitch

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Origin = Seattle, Washington, USA
Genre = Punk rock, hard rock, grunge
Years_active = 1990-1997
Label = C/Z
Man's Ruin
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Past_members = Selene Vigil
Stefanie Sargent
LeeAnn Rose
Elizabeth Davis
Valerie Agnew
Roisin Dunne
Lisa Faye Beatty

7 Year Bitch was a punk rock band from Seattle, Washington that was active between 1990 and 1997. Their career yielded three albums, and was impacted by the tragic deaths of their guitarist Stefanie Sargeant and close-friend Mia Zapata of The Gits.


7 Year Bitch was formed in 1990 by vocalist Selene Vigil, guitarist Stefanie Sargent, bassist Elizabeth Davis and drummer Valerie Agnew. Vigil, Sargent, and Agnew had been playing together in the Seattle band Barbie's Dream Car when their bassist left for Europe. They subsequently recruited Davis and renamed their band after the movie Seven Year Itch.

At their first concert, the band opened for The Gits, who would prove to have a significant influence on their music. In 1991 the band released the single "Lorna" and signed with C/Z Records. Their first album, "Sick 'Em", was released in 1992, but it was overshadowed by Sargent's death on June 27 due to a drug overdose. After a prolonged period of uncertainty, the band decided to continue, recruiting guitarist Roisin Dunne as Sargent's replacement later that year.

In July 1993, longtime friend and Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata was brutally raped and murdered while walking home late at night. This event, coupled with Sargent's overdose the previous year, had a profound effect on the group. As a reaction, the band recorded and released their second album "¡Viva Zapata!" (1994) in tribute to both of their fallen friends. Valerie Agnew also became the primary instigator and co-founder of the anti-violence and self-defence organisation Home Alive. [ [http://www.homealive.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=35 History] , Home Alive site.] [Cynthia Rose, [http://www.state51.co.uk/hottips/496/homealive.html Safety and Violence Hot Topics on Celebrity-Packed CD] , on state51.co.uk.] [ [http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/2200/art37.html Fabula magazine interview] with 7 Year Bitch] On April 8, 1994, the band played a benefit show for Rock Against Domestic Violence alongside Babes in Toyland and Jack Off Jill.

In 1995 the band signed with Atlantic Records, and in 1996 released their third album, "Gato Negro". Following the tour supporting "Gato Negro", guitarist Roisin Dunne left, and was replaced by Lisa Faye Beatty, the band's live sound engineer and long-time friend.


In early 1997, the band began recording material for what was to be their fourth album. However, the sessions were quickly marred after the band received news that they were being dropped by Atlantic Records. Without the support of a major label, and with waning internal interest in the group, 7 Year Bitch disbanded.


Following the break-up of 7 Year Bitch, bassist Elizabeth Davis joined the San Francisco-based band Clone, with whom she performed with until 2003. In 2005 she helped to form the band Von Iva. Vocalist Selene Vigil formed a gothic/psychedelic-influenced band by the name of Cistine, in 2000. On December 10, 2005 Vigil married Brad Wilk, drummer for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, her boyfriend of ten years. [ [http://www.undercover.com.au/news/2005/dec05/20051214_audioslave.html Audioslave] undercover.com] Roisin Dunne joined the band The Last Goodbye in 2006, and now resides in New York.

Their songs, "The Scratch" and "Icy Blue" were featured in the movie "Mad Love" with Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell.

Band members

* Selene Vigil — vocals
* Stefanie Sargent — guitar (1968–1992) (died of a heroin overdose on June 27, 1992)
* LeeAnn Rose — accordion (Famous for single "One Hott Mama")
* Elizabeth Davis — bass
* Valerie Agnew — drums
* Roisin Dunne — guitar (1992–1996)
* Lisa Faye Beatty — guitar (1996–1997)



*"Sick 'Em" (C/Z Records), (1992).
*"¡Viva Zapata!" (C/Z Records), (1994).
*"Gato Negro" (Atlantic Records), (1996).


*"Lorna" b/w "No Fucking War," "You Smell Lonely" (Rathouse/Face The Music Records), (1991; reissued by C/Z Records in 1992).
*"Antidisestablishmentarianism EP" (Rugger Bugger Records), (1992).
*"7 Year Bitch/Thatcher On Acid-"Can We Laugh Now?"/"No Fucking War" (Clawfist Records), (1992).
*"7 Year Bitch EP" (C/Z Records, (1992).
*"Rock-A-Bye Baby" b/w "Wide Open Trap" (C/Z Records), (1994).
*"The History Of My Future" b/w "24,900 Miles Per Hour" (promo only) (Atlantic Records, (1996).
*"24,900 Miles Per Hour" (promo only) (Atlantic Records), (1996).
*"Miss Understood" b/w "Go!" (Man's Ruin), (1996).

Other contributions

* "8-Ball Deluxe" on "Kill Rock Stars" (Kill Rock Stars, 1991).
* "Dead Men Don't Rape" on "There's A Dyke In The Pit" (Outpunk/Harp Records, 1992).
* "The Scratch" on "Power Flush: San Francisco, Seattle & You" (Rathouse/Broken Rekids, 1993).
* "In Lust You Trust" on "Rawk Atlas" (promo only) (C/Z Records, 1993).
* "Dead Men Don't Rape" on "Progression" (Progression, 1994).
* "The Scratch," "Icy Blue" on the "Mad Love Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Zoo Records, 1995).
* "Kiss My Ass Goodbye" on "Seattle Women In Rock: A Diverse Collection" ( [http://insightrecords.com Insight Records] , 1995).
* "Damn Good And Well" on "Space Mountain" (Rough Trade, 1995).
* "The Scratch" on "Take A Lick" (promo only) (BMG, 1995).
* "M.I.A." on "Notes From The Underground, Vol. 2" (Priority Records, 1995).
* "Mad Dash" on "Home Alive: The Art Of Self-Defense" (Epic Records, 1996).
* "24,900 Miles Per Hour" on "huH Music Sampler #23" (promo only, RayGun Press, 1996).
* "Knot (Live)" on "Hype! The Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Sub Pop Records, 1996).
* "Damn Good And Well" on "Rough Cuts: The Best Of Rough Trade Publishing, 1991-1995" (Rough Trade, 1997).
* "Rock-A-Bye Baby" on "She's A Rebel" (Beloved/Shanachie Records, 1997).
* "Shake Appeal" on "We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute" (Royalty Records, 1997).
* "M.I.A." on "Whatever: The 90's Pop & Culture Box" (Rhino/WEA, 2005).
* "The Scratch" on "Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth Of Grunge" (LiveWire Recordings, 2006).

Music videos

*"In Lust You Trust" (1992)
*"Hip Like Junk" (1994)
*"24,900 Miles Per Hour" (1996)


External links

* [http://wm04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=7|YEAR|BITCH&sql=11:gxfixql5ld0e~T0 7 Year Bitch] at Allmusic
*MySpace|sevenyearbitch|7 Year Bitch
* [http://www.panx.net/punkgirl/girl805.html Photos of 7 Year Bitch] panx.net
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/a/7yearbitch/ 7 Year Bitch at the BBC] bbc.co.uk
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