Posts Tagged ‘1980’


Cover of Bebe Le Strange (Exp)

Heart is one of the greatest and most enduring hard rock acts to ever come out of the influence of Led Zepplin. They prove they have learned well from the hard rock masters on their 1980 release Bebe Le Strange.

With Bebe Le Strange, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, drummer Mike DeRosier, Howard Leese and Steve Fossen decide to abandon the occasional soft rock that made the “butterfly” portion of their previous album, 1979’s Dog and Butterfly. Instead, they crank up both guitarists Steve Fossen’s and Nancy Wilson’s amps, distort them, and let them go to town. They do this well on such songs as Bebe Le Strange & Rockin’ Heaven Down.

However, the Wilson sisters kick things into overdrive with the hit single Even It Up – which could quite easily be showing the already bare cracks within the band – romantic ones at that. According to VH1’s Behind the Music Remastered, both Ann and Nancy Wilson were romantically involved with manager Mike Fisher and guitarist Roger Fisher – Mike’s brother. Mike started cheating on Ann and Nancy started falling in love with drummer Mike DeRosier while still dating Fisher. Needless to say, shortly after the release of 1984’s Private Audition, these men left the band because nobody messes with the Wilson sisters. Needless to say, all of the drama leading up to that seems to be channeled very nicely into that track.

Overall, I would 100% recommend this album for any Heart fan.

Additionally, if you happen to live in the Houston area, Heart will be performing with british rockers Def Leppard at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion on Friday night at 7pm. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster. I highly recommend you attend this because it is a show that is not to be missed.

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When you have classical opera training behind your belt in rock music, you can’t lose. Pat Benatar is no exception to this rule with her release of Crimes of Passion.

Both Benatar and Giraldo kick the album off with a nice request for a man to treat a woman with dignity with the album-opener “Treat Me Right” – which is a stark contrast to her previous album opener: the hit single “Heartbreaker” on her first album In the Heat of the Night“Treat Me Right” is also a rather significant song in rock music history: it was the second music video that aired on the then-fledgling Mtv.

However, knowing Benatar’s trademark angry style, she kicks it into high-gear shortly after with the hit single “You Better Run” where she screams the chorus you better run/ you better hide/you better leave from my side. She continues this on the heavy-lyric-laden but guitar driven (no thanks to her husband Neal Giraldo) “Hell is for Children.” “Hell is for Children” is a song that speaks of the horrors of child abuse.

One nice change on this album is the fact that this time Benatar shows her soft side with such songs as the lushful rocker “Never Wanna Leave You” and her beautiful albeit with a rock touch cover of the Kate Bush classic “Wuthering Heights.”

Overall the album is a great album. B+