Swimming With The Barracuda

Guess the R’s are going to have to write their own “Barracuda,” as the Wilson sisters of Heart have asked their song not be used for campaign or the VP nominee. Governor Palin, as you may know now, was nicknamed “Barracuda” as a high school athlete.

Sometimes people don’t check the background of songs they coopt for their purposes. The barracuda in the song refer to publicity agents with the band’s first label Mushroom Records, who spread rumors of incest between the sisters.


If the real thing don’t do the trick
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn burn burn burn it to the wick
Ooooooh, barracuda?

If the R’s want to paint themselves as liars, gossip mongers, and media manipulators, I guess it’s their business. The song, however, is truly dynamite, and I’ve always appreciated Roger Fisher’s lead guitar on it. But I wouldn’t want to be the fish in that song.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Swimming With The Barracuda

  1. What’s really cool about this whole thing, Todd (on many levels,) is that HEART (And I SO LOVE the Wilson sisters!) has no real say in the matter. They sold their souls to BMI/ASCAP like everyone else does. If the RNC wants to continue paying those royalties (as if) Las Chickas have no legal recourse, or even moral recourse.
    Your extrapolation of the RNC painting themselves is a bit impasto, doncha think?
    “Barracuda” at the RNC was just a visceral, cool high school remembrance. I wouldn’t waste your intellect going there.
    HEART and the Dems have a lot more fish to fry than a toothy rock anthem in the next few months. Were I the Wilsons, whom I watched in HD of late, I’d be grrrrrrllll darn happy. Outside of Chrissie Hynde, no greater female rockers, EVER!

  2. marilyn says:

    ha…as if anyone really cares what ann, nancy or oprah think – it’s great they get only one vote – equal to my one vote, equal to that of my 18-year old daughter…of course any negative elements in the actual words (who really knew the words!) would apply to the opponent. I’m surprised at all this nostalgic liberal protesting at the REPUBLICAN Convention- this isn’t the 60s or Vietnam and many would prefer NOT to add or acknowledge the casualties of 9-11 to our war in Iraq – I always thought the words the Wilson sisters sang WERE ‘Sarah, Barracuda’:)!!)

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