Song du semaine: Heart, "Barracuda"

All together now: Dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-duh-duuuuh … braaang … bwaaayayayayaya …

(Yeah? YOU try to take harmonics whammy-barred into submission and represent it in letters. Up next, Alex Lifeson’s solo from Subdivisions.)

Heart was a hot band in the ’70s and ’80s for entirely different reasons in each decade. In the ’80s, Heart was “hot” in the sense that they had four freaking top-10 songs off one album, and in the sense that video directors kept diving toward Nancy Wilson’s cleavage like X-wing fighters attacking that trench on the Death Star.

In the ’70s, they were “hot” in the sense that two good-looking sisters with guitars and powerful voices (“sternum-shattering” was the best description I’ve read) were a rarity in music in those days — any day, for that matter — and they rocked.

Heart built up a solid catalog of songs on their debut Dreamboat AnnieCrazy on You was a showcase for Ann Wilson’s voice and their three-guitar attack, Magic Man had a good groove, and the titletrack was a nice change of pace. This one took them to another level, with Ann Wilson snarling over a ferocious wall of guitars.

You know the song. Enjoy the video.

To see where the band would end up, go back to my old post on Nothin’ At All, in which the director makes Nancy look too cute for words, hides Ann’s weight gain, makes the poor drummer keep time on a railing and hints that the Wilsons don’t have much of a problem dating guys with sister fetishes. Ewwww.

Hard to begrudge a deserving band a fair share of commercial success, but which song would you use if you were making a movie soundtrack today? Yeah, I thought so. Dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-dum duh-duh-duh-duuuuh … braaang … bwaaayayayayaya …

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2 Responses to Song du semaine: Heart, "Barracuda"

  1. Lex says:

    Rocked my high-school world, although the videos didn’t show up ’til later. Hard to believe it’s been 30 years, but it has.

  2. Lex says:

    Oh, one other thing — “Crazy on You” was the better song, but only just.

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