Heart – Bad Animals (1987)

FrontCover1Heart is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Seattle, Washington, as The Army. Two years later they changed their name to Hocus Pocus. The year following they changed their name to White Heart, and eventually changed the name a final time to Heart, in 1973. By the mid-1970s, original members Roger Fisher (guitar) and Steve Fossen (bass guitar) had been joined by sisters Ann Wilson (lead vocals and flute) and Nancy Wilson (rhythm guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals), Michael Derosier (drums), and Howard Leese (guitar and keyboards) to form the lineup for the band’s initial mid- to late-1970s success period. These core members were included in the band’s 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Heart rose to fame with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal, as well as folk music. The band’s popularity declined in the early 1980s, and the band began a successful comeback in 1985 which continued into the mid-1990s. Heart disbanded in 1998, resumed performing in 2002, went on hiatus in 2016, and resumed performing in the summer of 2019.[5] Heart’s US Top 40 singles include “Magic Man” (1975), “Crazy on You” (1976), “Barracuda” (1977), “What About Love” (1985), “Never” (1985), and “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” (1990), along with no. 1 hits “These Dreams” (1986) and “Alone” (1987).


Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including approximately 22.5 million albums in the United States. They have placed top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990 and 2010s. Heart was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked number 49 on Ultimate Classic Rock’s Top 100 Classic Rock Artists.


Bad Animals is the ninth studio album by American rock band Heart, released on June 6, 1987, by Capitol Records. The album continues the mainstream hard rock style from the band’s 1985 self-titled release, all while enjoying similar success. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 in August 1987, and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 4, 1992. Internationally, Bad Animals charted within the top five in Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The album spawned the US number-one single “Alone”, while “Who Will You Run To” reached number seven, “There’s the Girl” reached number 12, and “I Want You So Bad” reached number 49. Bad Animals received a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988.

The album features a few cover songs: “Alone” was originally recorded by the duo i-Ten on their 1983 album Taking a Cold Look, while “Wait for an Answer” was originally recorded by Dalbello on her 1984 album Whomanfoursays.

The album’s name refers to a situation the band encountered at a hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ann Wilson’s dog was at the hotel with her, and hotel security informed the band that a North Carolina law made it a crime to bring an animal into a hotel room. The band’s tour manager solved the problem by going outside with the dog for three hours. (wikipedia)


Switching from Epic to Capitol with 1985’s Heart proved to be a wise move for the Wilson sisters, who experienced a major resurgence in popularity and gained many new followers. Heart’s arena rock sound had become even glossier, and the band was selling more albums than ever. But for all its production gloss (courtesy of Ron Nevison) and pop slickness, Bad Animals comes across as sincere rather than formulaic or cynical. From the rockers “You Ain’t Too Tough” and “Easy Target” to the power ballads “Alone” and “Wait for an Answer,” all of the songs are quite memorable. The folk elements and acoustic leanings that characterized many of Heart’s early ballads were long gone, and the Wilson sisters keep the volume high but slow the tempo. (by Alex Henderson)


Mark Andes (bass)
Denny Carmassi (drums)
Howard Leese (guitar, keyboards, background vocals)
Ann Wilson (vocals)
Nancy Wilson (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Duane Hitchings (keyboards)
Mike Moran (keyboards)
Tom Kelly (background vocals)
Holly Knight (keyboards)
Efrain Toro (drums)


01. Who Will You Run To (Warren) 4.06
02. Alone (Kelly/Steinberg) 3.39
03. There’s The Girl (N.Wilson/Knight) 3.50
04. I Want You So Bad (Kelly/Steinberg) 4.22
05. Wait For An Answer (Dal Bello) 4.32
06. Bad Animals (A.Wilson/N.Wilson/Carmassi/Andes/Leese) 4.54
07. You Ain’t So Tough (Kipner/Beckett) 4.06
08. Strangers Of The Heart (Hitching/Shifrin/Andes) 3.42
09. Easy Target (A.Wilson/N.Wilson/Ennis) 3.59
10. RSVP (A.Wilson/N.Wilson/Ennis) 3.39LabelB1*