And now class it’s time for this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
This week we getto the Heart of the matter as in the band Heart. Fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, the band has soldmore than 30 million records in its four-decade run and Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. This week’s lesson focuses on the origin of two of their songs.
It seems in 1977 Heart broke its contract with Mushroom Records where they were working on the
album Magazine and they signed with Portrait Records and got to work on Little Queenie. Heart and the
two companies got into a nasty legal battle which gave birth to the song “Heartless”.
Also in 1977, Mushroom Records ran a full-page ad in Rolling Stone Magazine showing the bare-
shouldered Wilson sisters posing much like they did on the Dreamboat Annie album cover with a
suggestive caption that said, “It was only our first time.” When a reporter suggested backstage after a
live performance that the sisters were sex partners, the infuriated Ann returned to her hotel room and
began writing the lyrics to “Barricuda”.
And that is this week’s “Crazy On You” lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.