ON THIS DATE (35 YEARS AGO)
May 28, 1977 – Heart: “Barracuda” b/w “Cry To Me” (Portrait 6-70004) 45 single is released in the US. Upon its release “Barracuda” became Heart’s second top-20 hit in the U.S., peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has become the band’s signature song and is a staple on American classic rock radio playlists. In 2009, it was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
“Barracuda” is a song written by Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Roger Fisher and recorded by Heart. It was released as the first single from the band’s second album Little Queen (1977).
Ann Wilson revealed in interviews that the song was about Heart’s anger towards Mushroom Records’ attempted publicity stunt involving her and her sister Nancy in a made-up lesbian affair. The song particularly focuses on Ann’s rage towards a man who came up to her after a concert asking how her “lover” was. She initially thought he was talking about her boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher. After he revealed he was talking about her sister Nancy Wilson, Ann became angry and went back to her hotel room to write the original lyrics of the song.