Issue #7 of the UK based ROCK CANDY Magazine features HEART guitarist Nancy Wilson gives a searing appraisal of her band Heart’s decision to embrace the MTV-era in a brand new interview in the latest issue of Rock Candy magazine.
Speaking exclusively to Rock Candy writer Malcolm Dome, Nancy explained how Heart had reached a very difficult career moment after two albums, 1982’s ‘Private Audition’ and ‘Passionworks’ from a year later, had failed to match the band’s earlier successes.
Exclusive Issue #7 Nancy Wilson article preview: “We were so full of egotism at that time that we lost sight of where we needed to go musically,” admits Nancy candidly. “All of us should have been a little more willing to realize we were getting some good advice from people on the business side of things. Yet we really believed we knew best and so could ignore anything we were being told. It was a stupid mistake on our part, and suddenly it looked like things were disappearing.”
With the band’s contract with Epic Records at an end, Nancy acknowledges that “there was no enthusiasm from the company to renew it. I can understand why there were a lot of people wanting to write us off.”
Signing a new deal with Capitol Records, Nancy has no qualms in revealing that Heart “made a conscious decision to redefine ourselves, to reinvent ourselves and to do whatever we were asked to do by the record company or management. ‘You want us in high heels? OK.’ ‘You want me to wear a corset? No problem.’ ‘The hair has to be bigger? Sure, we’ll do that.’”
Heart may have given up artistic control and bowed to record company demands to bring in outside writers like Holly Knight and Jim Vallance, the hit makers of the day. But the changes certainly worked, as the ‘Heart’ album made it to number one on the Billboard album charts and sold in excess of five million copies in the US alone.
“It could have gone so wrong for us,” says Nancy today. “But we did whatever was asked of us and everything came out in our favor. I still feel a little disappointed that we had to sacrifice artistry for the sake of sales, but that was our choice. We knew what we were doing.”
Read the whole of this revealing article, and many more fascinating features, in Issue 7 of Rock Candy Mag, available in shops worldwide and direct from us online only at the following link: Official Rock Candy Magazine website
Issue #7 features dozens of major features and interviews with legendary and obscure acts, including: HEART AEROSMITH LED ZEPPELIN BLACK OAK ARKANSAS STEVE VAI HEAR ‘N AID DEF LEPPARD BLUE OYSTER CULT WISHBONE ASH SLAYER QUIET RIOT FASTWAY VINNIE APPICE VINTAGE RECORD LABELS CAPTAIN BEYOND STRANGEWAYS STEVE LUKATHER HEAVY PETTIN FRANK MARINO SNAKE FROM SKID ROW WHEN NELSON INVADED KERRANG TRIUMPH ALDO NOVA
About Rock Candy Magazine: Rock Candy Mag is a 100-page, full-colour bi-monthly rock mag created in the UK but available worldwide. It covers the sights, sounds and smells from the greatest era ever in hard rock music, the ’70s and ’80s. Put together by respected UK rock journalists Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome, all frontline writers for the legendary Kerrang! magazine in the golden era, Rock Candy Mag is available in print format with a free digital download version for anyone who buys the mag online at: www.rockcandymag.com.