Jennifer Precious Finch is an American photographer, songwriter and musician. Associated with the touring and recording groups L7, Other Star People and The Shocker, Finch has performed on over 7 commercially released full-length records and has had song she has written in films Office Space, What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Natural Born Killers and in classic TV series America’s Funniest Home Video, Degrassi Next Genertion, Roswell and Buffy Vampire Slayer.
HISTORY / ABOUT
Jennifer Finch also known as Jennifer Precious Finch and J. Precious Finch, is an American women photographer, musician. Perhaps most know for her involvement in L7, Finch’s music career includes bands and music collectives Other Star People (vocalist, songwriter, guitar) and The Shocker (vocalist, songwriter, guitar) as well as participation in Betty Blow Torch (guitar) and Sugar Babylon (bass). Born August 5, 1966 in the Salvation Army Shelter for Unwed Mothers in Boyle Heights, CA a community just east of Downtown Los Angeles. Once adopted, Finch was raised and schooled in West Los Angeles. Having an interest in photography, art music, lead Finch to a life to pursue a life of…
ACTRESS / DOCUMENTARIES / APPEARANCES:
- 1983 – Cocaine and Blue Eyes w/ O.J. Simpson – “Punk Audience Member”
- 1984 – The Census Taker w/ Garrett Morris – “Punk Girl”
- 1994 – John Waters’ Serial Mom “Camel Lips Bass Player”
- 1995 – Not Bad for a Girl “self”
- 1999 – Decoupage 2000: Return of the Goddess “self”
- 2003 – The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn “self”
- 2003 – Betty Blowtorch: And Her Amazing… “self”
- 2007 – Punk’s Not Dead “self”
- 2015 – Cobain: Montage of Heck “seen in background, somewhere”
- 2017 – L7: Pretend We’re Dead “self”
- 2017 – Scumbag “Punk Wife”
ALBUMS/RECORDING (complete list at DISCOG):
- 1988 – L7 “L7”
- 1990 – L7 “Shove b/w/ Packin’ a rod
- 1990 – Teriyaki Asthma Volume III “Blood Stains”
- 1990 – L7 “Smell The Magic”
- 1992 – L7 “Bricks Are Heavy”
- 1994 – L7 “Hungry For Stink”
- 1999 – Other Star People “Diamonds in the Belly of the Dog”
- 2006 – The Shocker “Up Your Asstray”
SONG PLACEMENT / SCORES / PRODUCER / CREDITS
- 1993 – Point of No Return “Everglade” (L7)
- 1996 – Foxfire “Shirley” (L7)
- 1999 – Office Space “Then There’s None” (OSP)
- 1999 – Roswell S01E03 Monsters “Drip (OSP)
- 2000 – Buffy Vampire Slayer Ep: S12E04 New Man “Then There’s None” (OSP)
- 2002 – Girl Fever “Here She Comes” (OSP)
- 2003 – Las Vegas Show Girls Nearly Famous Ep: 11, 12, 13, 14 “Your Problem, Plumber, Bad Brain… more” (Shocker)
- 2004 – Cruel Intentions 3 “Then There’s None” (OSP)
- 2005 – Window Theory “Drip” (OSP)
- 2006 – What’s New, Scooby-Doo? “Holiday” (OSP)
- 2007 – Bam’s Unholy Union (I will Never Be Single / Season Finale) “Your Problem Now” (Shocker)
- 2008 – Degrassi: The Next Generation S07E16 Sweet Child Of Mine “Holiday” (OSP)
- 2010 – America’s Funist Home Videos Ep 2308 “Plumber..” (Shocker)
Musician / Writer / Producer / Visual
- 1990 – Leaving Trains – Sleeping Underwater Survivors (Photo)
- 1993 – Paul Shaffer & The Party Boys Of Rock ‘N’ Roll – The World’s Most Dangerous Party – Voice Over (Vocals)
- 1995 – Leaving Trains – Dragged and Drowned (Photo)
- 2006 – Brats On The Beat – Ramones For Kids (Producer)
I have always been a visual person and something of a documentarian. I would have always rather stayed in the background “capturing” events then partaking in them.
At the age of 13 I began to take photos of my friends in Los Angeles on a camera given to me by my father.
Although I continue to be an amateur photographer, one “era” of my photographs sparked the interest of the LA Weekly, a Los Angles life style newspaper, who were kind enough to sponsor a photo show and an article on my photographs and it featured the writing of John Albert.
These pictures eventually documented the early punk scene that she became involved in before joining L7 in 1986.
OTHER STAR PEOPLE
Rock Boy Pop Girl was the first description that came to their minds, when neighbors Xander Smith and Jennifer Precious Finch started to write songs. Having been bumping into each other in LA’s underground music scene since the early 90s and originally meeting when Smith was the promoter of an L7 gig at UCLA, the two hit it off, writing over dozens off catchy “Caliphonic” tunes. Although having partnered as early as 1992, Other Star People began playing live 1994. With Finch still in L7 and Smith still in Chalk Circle and working on his own solo work, the two quickly amassed a body of work that combined Smith’s ear for melody, harmony, sentimental and abstract subject matter with Finch’s energy, song structure, attention to detail and story telling. With the addition of Chris Bratton on drums and Junko Ito on bass, the band caught the attention of record company A&M RECORDS.
THE SHOCKER (band)
The Shocker was founded in 2002 by Jennifer Precious Finch as a collaborative of Los Angeles based musicians more as a “crew” or “collective” rather then a formal band. With an Ep “Up Your Ass Tray an extended Lp version, multiple tours and live performances, the Shocker is still going with current line-up Kristina Luckett, Ronnie James and Chuck Porque.