Albums »Little Queen

heart little queenHeart followed up their hit maker Dreamboat Annie with Little Queen which went triple platinum. Its success is mostly thanks to the album's raucous hit, “Barracuda” but even if the rest of the album isn't quite as catchy as that and other top twenty songs of theirs, it's a strong rock classic.

Full of girl power, and not the kind of pink tweeny leopard print “girl power” of late. No, this girl power is about Nancy and her phenomenal guitar skills (see the Renaissance-y Sylvan Song and Dream of the Archer) and Ann belting it out hard (Kick It Out) and soft (Cry To Me). The title song Little Queen is my favorite, though it failed as a single when released, it's a great one.

Oh, and just in case you needed one more reason to worship Heart, you got it. Recently they ordered a cease-and-desist notice to the McCain- Palin campaign to prevent them from using their 1977 hit, “Barracuda” as Sarah Palin's theme song.

“Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there.”

This isn't the first time these spearheading, tough women have been outspoken and had to rail against bull—-. Whether unfairly characterized as incestuous lovers (an incident that sparked them to write “Barracuda”) or dealing with the mean spirited comments concerning weight, they've never backed down and they're still two of rock and rolls coolest ladies. Back off Palin!

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Posted on September 15, 2008

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