Archive for September, 2011

Till Saturday, due to my busy schedule and the fact that I have to pay off a speeding ticket, I am rerunning all my posts about Heart in honor of their nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Saturday I will be covering the Spare Heart – a tribute to Heart concert at the Concert Pub North near Spring, TX. so be on the lookout for that review.
Heart is one of those bands that has had many incarnations but still has the constant two frontrunners in the form of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. They are the female counterparts of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. However, their reasons for the original lineup change is because of their original romantic entanglements with former drummer Mike DeRosier and Roger Fisher.

Heart’s 1985 self-titled album is proof that that the lineup change that occurred with the previous album, Passionworks, and signing on with record label powerhouse Capitol Records, worked.

Heart’s self titled album is nothing short of great. While it stays true to Heart’s somewhat angry hard-rockin’ musical roots with songs such as The Wolf and If Looks Could Kill, one of the best changes is that there are some hard-rockin’ love songs. On Never, Ann cries “We can’t go on just running away/ If we wait any longer we will surely never get away/ Anything you want – we can make it happen/ Stand up and turn around – never let them shoot us down.” She continues with this passion on All Eyes.

One surprise is that, for a change, guitarist Nancy Wilson gets to sing lead vocals for the first time ever on a Heart album. She has a beautiful voice on the smash single These Dreams. The lyrics of the song describe the fantasy world a person enters when faced with a real-life difficult issue. This song was dedicated to a close friend of Nancy Wilson, Sharon Hess, who died of leukemia shortly before the song was made.

One track though, falls flat. Nobody Home sounds like it wants to be a hybrid power-pop ballad meets the signature sound of Heart. It doesn’t work for the band. Shell Shock sounds like an overdone hard-rock song. It even has corny and cliche love song lyrics that do not fit into the repertoire of Heart.

Caveats aside, the album is a welcomed return to both great music and the radio for Heart.

In honor of Heart finally getting nominated to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I will be rerunning some of the reviews I have written in regards to the band this week. Enjoy!

In 1976, there were very few well-known women in hard rock. Enter two sisters named Ann and Nancy Wilson from Seattle, WA and their outlaw boyfriends Mike and Roger Fisher. When those women came across the border, magic and Dreamboat Annie was born!

Dreamboat Annie is the 1st album that was released by Heart. Normally with legendary bands, when they release their first album, it takes a bit of maturing on the part of the band to find their voice. Not so with Heart. Heart knows that the audience wants 100% unbridled creativity from their artists and that is exactly what shows on such songs as the hauntingly beautiful Magic Man where Wilson exclaims “‘come on home girl’ he said with a smile/ ‘you don’t have to love me and let’s get high awhile’/ ‘but try to understand’/ ‘try to understand’/ ‘try try try to understand I’m a magic man.'” On other tracks such as Crazy on You and Sing Child show that the Wilson sisters can rock with the best of their peers. They even get a bit raunchy like their male counterparts with White Lightning and Wine – a tribute to the effect that happens when you mix cocaine and booze.

However, the Wilsons are not all hard-rock, no ballad. There are plenty of beautiful ballads such as the three (count ’em), three different versions of Dreamboat Annie – all of which are amazing.

Unfortunately for Heart, their fortune was put in trouble with their own record company, Mushroom Records, decided to launch a poorly-done campaign resulting in a tabloid-style ad placed in such magazines as Rolling Stone that showed band leaders and sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson as sister lesbian lovers. The ad campaign showed the sisters from the shoulders up with the headline “it was only our first time.” This led to a host of legal problems involving both the band and Mushroom records – which went out of business in 1980.

Legal problems aside, the album itself is a great album. The Wilson sisters made history with this album and that is what makes it great.

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Today’s announcement of who was nominated to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is absolutely exciting because the famous snub of the Wilson Sisters, aka Heart, is no more!

The main requirement for an artist or group to have this honor bestowed on them is that their first album must have been released 25 years ago. However, many have been famously snubbed over the past few years.So here is who the Wild Heart would like to see get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  1. Bon Jovi – They were nominated in 2010 but did not make it. However, it’s rare that a band that had a nearly 10-year absence from radio can bounce back like they did and, better yet, still record and tour together. Even better, songs such as Livin’ On A Prayer and You Give Love A Bad Name are still extremely popular.
  2. Stevie Nicks – Though technically she is already a member by way of her being in Fleetwood Mac; she is not, however, a member as a solo artist. She qualifies because Bella Donna was released in 1981 – 30 years ago. But the main thing that should get her in is the fact that she has influenced many artists from Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child (who sampled the main guitar riff of Edge of Seventeen for their song Bootylicious), Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, Dixie Chicks, you name it. Also, at the ripe age of 63, she is still putting out records and going on tour.
  3. Nirvana – Cobain and co. will be eligible in 2016. Without a doubt they should be in immediately. They were the true kings of grunge.
  4. The EurythmicsIn The Garden was released in 1981. Annie Lennox, along with Michael Jackson, revolutionized music videos.

Well according to E Online and Heart’s official website, the Wilson sisters have been announced as nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The Wild Heart really hopes that they get in because they truly deserve it.

Anyways, here is my post that sort of chided the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for excluding the Wilson sisters earlier this year.

Every single year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame releases its list of inductees. Every single year one band keeps getting snubbed. That band is Heart.

The Wild Heart thinks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is making a terrible mistake by not including the Wilson sisters.

Two of the make-or-break qualifications to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are that you must be very influential and your 1st album must have been released 25 years ago.

Dreamboat Annie was released in 1976. That was over 30 years ago!

Without Heart, you would not have the Seattle music scene. No Nirvana, Alice In Chains – whose late lead vocalist Layne Staley even recorded a cover duet of Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells for Heart’s 1993 album Desire Walks On. Members of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others have cited Ann and Nancy as influences on their music. Other current great artists such as Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, and Gretchen Wilson have all cited Heart as influences. Some of these artists have recorded at their Bad Animals studio in Seattle, WA.

Heart was the first hard-rock female act. Many female acts have followed in their footsteps including Pat Benatar, Patti Smyth (of Scandal), Avril Lavigne and pretty much any other woman that has picked up a guitar since 1976. Rock music is no longer a boys club no thanks to them.

Lastly, they have enduring popularity. Since reuniting in the early 2000’s, they have sold rather well in both their albums and tours. Not many musicians with an absence like theirs from both radio and touring can say that they are successful after a long break like what they went through.

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Well 2 days ago the Wild Heart missed a major, and I mean MAJOR album birthday: as of September 24th, 2011 it was 20 years ago to the date that grunge-heads everywhere went insane with the release of Nevermind by Nirvana. This is considered the quintessential, if not defining, album of grunge music.

However, there’s probably much either you did or didn’t know about this masterpiece. So here it is folks, the 10 things you probably didn’t know about Nevermind by Nirvana.

  1. The album’s 4th track, Breed, was originally called “Immodium.”
  2. Upon their signing to Geffen records, a number of producers for the album were suggested, mostly high-end ones. Nirvana, however, still wanted Butch Vig. Novoselic said in 2001 that the band was already nervous about recording on a major label, and the producers suggested by DGC wanted percentage points for working on the album. However, the band held out for Vig because they felt comfortable collaborating with him.
  3. Most of the album was recorded in Van Nuys, CA. To help pay for gas money, Nirvana performed a show to get gas money. At that show they debuted a new song that would essentially become their signature hit: Smells Like Teen Spirit.
  4. American record stores received an initial shipment of 46,251 copies. The UK received 35,000 copies where Bleach had been successful.
  5. Nirvana wanted Nevermind to sound very heavy like a Slayer record. Therefore during the mixing process they chose Slayer’s producer, Andy Wallace, to oversee the mixing and mastering of the album.
  6. Nevermind was originally titled Sheep.
  7. The parents of Spencer Eldin, the baby pictured on the album cover, were paid $200. Since the picture contained the child absolutely nude, there was plans to have a censored album cover. However, lead singer Kurt Cobain protested.
  8. Smells Like Teen Spirit was not purposely named after the women’s deodorant. It was named after a female friend of Cobain’s sprawled “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on his wall in his bedroom. Coincidentally, Cobain’s then-girlfriend Tobi Vail, wore the deodorant.
  9. In 2005, the Library of Congress added Nevermind to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.
  10. Cobain was still working on the album’s lyrics during the recording of Nevermind. Additionally, Cobain’s phrasing on the album is often hard to get.


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Unexplainable Photo Snapped at Jim Morrison’s Grave | Music News | Rolling Stone.

My question is this, why does Jim Morrison want to haunt some poor guy for taking a picture of his grave. HE’S FRIGGIN FAMOUS!

I think the picture maybe fake. But feel free to tell me what you think!

Fleetwood Mac Birmingham NIA 3

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Former George Harrison and Eric Clapton Muse Pattie Boyd Spills the Beans | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Let’s see. Which rock soap opera is more jucier: Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham vs. Stevie Nicks vs. Mick Fleetwood or The Beatles George Harrison vs The Yardbird’s Eric Clapton vs. Patti Boyd? Let’s do a comparison:

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham vs. Stevie Nicks vs. Mick Fleetwood 

  • Stevie has an affair with drummer Mick Fleetwood, but he ends it because he falls in love, marries and later divorces her best friend Sara Recor. This serves as the inspiration for Fleetwood Mac classic Sara and quite possibly its baby sister Welcome to the Room…..Sara from 1987’s Tango In The Night. 
  • Stevie previously dated guitarist Lindsey Buckingham right up until sometime during the Rumours tour. A good 1/3rd of that album consists of songs that are jabs at each other including I Don’t Wanna Know and the ever-popular Go Your Own Way.
  • Life In the Fast Lane by the Eagles is rumored to be about the relationship between Buckingham and Nicks.
The Beatles George Harrison vs The Yardbird’s Eric Clapton vs. Patti Boyd
  • Clapton tries to steal Harrison’s wife in song – what a bully!
  • No knowledge as to if Harrison tries to actually fight back for her. I would say if you really love her, you will fight and do whatever it takes for her.
It’s a draw on this one folks

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Judge Dismisses Copyright Case Against 50 Cent | Music News | Rolling Stone.

The Wild Heart thinks that someone was trying to milk this for all it was worth.

Marianne Faithfull Live in Istanbul Uğur Bektaş

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Jim Morrison’s Death May Be Reinvestigated | Music News | Rolling Stone.

I think that Marianne Faithfull maybe hiding something if she is keeping a secret for THIS long!

It was one of those rare nights where sports and music peacefully coexisted at Pennison’s Sports Bar in the Copperfield district of Houston, TX with Spare Parts Saturday night.

The band opened the night with an exquisite rendition of the Pretenders 1979 classic Brass In Pocket. One of the best things about their cover is they make it their own but, at the same time, they never compromise the original Pretenders song.

However, things were kicked into high gear with a rendition of Bad Day by Fuel, which was made better by due to its lead-in of I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick. One person even got up and danced!

Things were put into orbit though when they started playing some of their material from Linda and her husband-guitarist Mike Lambert’s other band, Spare Heart – a tribute to Heart. The guitarist from Staci’s Edge (and guitarist for Spare Heart), Staci Butler, joined them onstage for a few songs including the explosively amazing Straight On, Even It Up, and the ever-popular Barracuda.

One of the best things about this band is the fact that they played some of their original material in addition to their covers. One of these original pieces, Ain’t No Way To Say I Love You, sounded quite a bit like a team-up of CCM artist Margaret Becker and MercyMe. However, lead vocalist Linda Lambert absolutely shines with her jazzy-style vocals.

Overall, if you ever get the chance to see this band or hear them at a local bar, this is one band that you should definitely take notice. Also check out their tribute band Spare Heart – a tribute to the band Heart, who will be performing at 9 pm Saturday, October 1, at the Concert Pub on 2470 FM 1960 W.