During a conversation with Gear Factor, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson talked about the band’s 1977 staple hit “Barracuda.”
“We’ve been opening for a band called Nazareth and also for Queen, actually. And Nazareth had a hit with a Joni Mitchell song that they covered [in 1973] called ‘This Flight Tonight’ that had kind of that riff *sings galloping riff*.
“So we kind of borrowed that. [Chuckles] And we made it into ‘Barracuda.’ And we saw the guys from Nazareth later and they were piiiiissed. ‘You took our riff!’.
“But that’s kind of what everybody – you borrow from what you love and then you make it your own. It’s one of those sounds too, it’s one of those guitar tones that I’m still trying to figure out what we did. [Laughs] It’s hard to re-create.”