L7 band name origins - Hand signWith a little imagination the capital letter 'L' and the figure '7' form a square. Square can be interpreted as boring, in an old-fashioned kind of way. That is a bit confusing, because much can be said about this grunge band from Los Angeles, California, but not that their repertoire consisted of boring, old-fashioned songs. 

The square sign did not just come out of the blue: L7 borrowed it from the text of the song Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, that begins like this: 

Uno, dos/One, two, tres, quatro/Matty told Hatty/About a thing she saw/Had two big horns/And a wooly jaw/Wooly bully/Wooly bully/Wooly bully/Wooly bully/Wooly bully/Hatty told Matty, “Let’s don’t take no chance/Let’s not be L-seven/Come and learn to dance”/ Wooly bully/Wooly bully’. 

It is doubtful if Sam really is the inventor of the L7 sign. After all, Americans sometimes make the L7 sign with their hands, to indicate that something or someone is considered straight or square.

Active: 1985-2001, USA
Site: http://l7official.com/



amyd said...

L7 is the most common size of American women's panties. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Dan Delion said...

for me it s a hand sign meaning "vagina"

Anonymous said...

My ears perked up at the beginning of an 80's video, THE JETS, YOU GOT IT ALL. The band is selecting a song from a diners jukebox and mentions the selection "How about L7" "Awe No" I laughed. Not saying this has the band name origination but 1985 The Jets debut album came out and L7 started. I'm sure L7 is a die hard THE JETS fan.


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