Demetra "Dee" Plakas
(born November 9
) is a punk rock drummer
, notable for her membership in the all-female band L7
Born in Lansing, Illinois
, Plakas grew up in a suburban family near Chicago, the eldest of 3 girls.
She joined a punk band called Problem Dogs
as their drummer. Although Plakas never played drums before, she purchased a drum set and learned to play as the band practiced in the basement of bass player Algis Kizys
's house. In the thriving Chicago punk scene, Problem Dogs
played sporadic gigs at places like Space Place
, and O'Banion's
They opened for The Bangles
at The Metro
They also released a single "City Hall/ You Are The Knife" following the departure of Kizys in 1982. The band went through several personnel changes, with original bandmates Demetra Plakas, Rick Radtke and John Connors reforming in Los Angeles as Pirate Radio.
In 1987, Plakas joined the group L7
, releasing several albums including the hit single Pretend We're Dead
In one of the band's more memorable stunts, Plakas was once raffled off to have sex with an audience member.
L7 disbanded in 2001.
She is currently playing drums on solo projects by her and former L7 member Donita Sparks
. Dee is currently married and living in Santa Monica