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I loved the Laughing Hyenas. Larissa will be missed.

Posted by Andrew C. | November 7, 2006 5:21 PM
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Can't say it comes as a huge surprise, but sad nevertheless. I never saw L-Seven (at least I don't think I did), but I remember them from back in the early '80s when I was in school in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Seems like they had one of the early releases on Touch and Go. I remember the cover, and I remember hearing stories about Larissa. Even back then, she was kind of notorious.

I saw Laughing Heyenas probably around 1990 or so at the Rat in Boston. I can't say they are one of my favorites, but that was one of the most relentlessly fierce rock shows I've ever seen.

I feel like we also somehow ended up at the same truck stop as them somewhere on the way back to Seattle from SXSW 1995 (or maybe it was on the way into Austin). But maybe I'm hallucinating that. I don't think the band lasted too much longer than that, though.

Posted by j-lon | November 7, 2006 11:57 PM
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Larissa played a huge part in helping the Detroit scene grow from the early 80's on through the reign of the Laughing Hyenas. She helped put on shows and was one of the few women on the scene. Her and Brannon even got me and a fellow nerdy pal our first fake id's! It's good to see she is getting some respect for her career on numerous internet posts over the last few days, albeit after her demise. RIP.

Posted by Tim Thousand | November 8, 2006 9:04 AM
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I saw L-7 and Laughing Hyenas play countless times in Detroit. Larissa was a gutsy guitarist with a distinctive style, and one of the few women involved in the city's punk scene. RIP.

Posted by segal | November 8, 2006 3:39 PM
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It's L-Seven, just to clarify.

Posted by Hannah Levin | November 8, 2006 3:46 PM
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I was going off the graffiti'd spelling I saw in Detroit punk-rock dive bars.

Posted by segal | November 8, 2006 6:31 PM
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Gotcha--I just don't want people to confuse them with L7--Donita Sparks and company are alive and well. People mix up the two quite often, which is why spelling matters.

Posted by Hannah Levin | November 9, 2006 10:41 AM
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Agreed.

Posted by segal | November 9, 2006 12:16 PM
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the original line up of the laughing hyenas was the sickest, illest, most radical live band ever - miles more intense than any one else. with the newer line up - they offered the l.p. hard times - a beautiful group of songs in that great genre - laughing hyeans blues. amazing how larissa's guitar and john's voice worked together so harmoniously. larissa's guitar work was so unique and she played from her heart. i will miss her.

Posted by aileen mcnally | November 10, 2006 8:31 PM
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Easy Action and RTX rocked for Larissa this weekend in LA. RIP.

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