That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Time To Wizz" from last night and, last night, I also did another review, "Kat's Korner: Heart's smooth ride." It's of Heart's new album, Red Velvet Car which is a top 10 album. And a lot of people seem to have enjoyed the review. Some already have the album and loved the review and some of you said the review reminded you that Heart had an album out and of why you loved Heart and you were going to pick up a copy. (Everyone who had it had downloaded it. That was interesting to me. I downloaded as well and I really do prefer buying recorded discs. But downloading is just so much easier and, yes, quicker.)
A huge Heart fan named Kevin sent me a copy of Edna Gundersen's USA Today article on Heart:
The early days had been tough enough in a male-dominated genre that tended to see women as eye candy or not at all. Heart's first label fanned rumors that the Wilsons were lesbian lovers in a risqué tabloid-style ad depicting the bare-shouldered pair above the caption: "Heart's Wilson Sisters Confess: 'It Was Only Our First Time!' "
"We felt exploited every single minute," Ann says. "We have always fought it by taking every opportunity to be ourselves. We'd get nasty and say stuff people wish we wouldn't.
"In the '80s, our band was fading away, and we thought we'd have to jump overboard. The subservience is so insidious, sometimes you don't see it happening until you look around and go, 'wait, I'm wearing a corset, I've got on false fingernails and stilettos, and my back's killing me. Why am I doing this?' "
Nancy interjects, "And I'm paying the bill for two days of inordinately expensive video!"
"It was a survival technique," Nancy says. "New hair, new management, get the stylist, reinvent. It was a fun costume party at first, but by the end of the '80s, because it had been such a cocaine- and ego-driven thing, it devoured itself. We ran back to Seattle with our tail between our legs, in debt even though we'd made more money than ever."
During the video chapter, Ann, who had put on pounds since Heart's arrival, was swaddled neck to ankles and pressured by record executives and even band members to lose weight. While annoyed by the fixation on her heft rather than her hefty voice, she was more riled by the industry's handling of Nancy.
"It stuck in my craw that they treated her as a sex object because she's a beautiful blond woman," Ann says. "It was always, 'Come on, babe, simper for us.' The worst stereotypic, sleazy, greasy things. Once we got to the end of our rope, we put on the combat boots."
The whole article is worth reading but that was my favorite part. And of the e-mails, my favorite part was hearing how much everyone loves "Sand." That really is a major song. I think it alone is worth buying the album for but, if you do buy the album, you'll find so much more to love on it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"