Heart’s “Barracuda” features one of the catchiest guitar riffs in rock history. But guitarist Nancy Wilson admits that she ‘borrowed’ the riff from another band.
In a recent interview, Wilson said she swiped it while on tour with Nazareth, who used a similar riff for their cover of the Joni Mitchell song “This Flight Tonight”.
Wilson told Loudwire “We kind of borrowed that and we made it into ‘Barracuda”, and admits that Nazareth wasn’t too thrilled about it at the time.
But according to Nancy it’s something that happens all the time in the art world. “You borrow from what you love”.