Bebe le Strange
Released: Feb 1980
Heart's most straightforwardly hard-rocking album, 1980's Bebe Le Strange emerged within months of debuts by Pat Benatar and the Pretenders -- no coincidence, maybe. It starts with the garage-y title cut, a letter from an enraptured (and possibly female) fan, but the real thrash happens in "Break" (even more so on the live bonus version added at reissue's end). "Down on Me" is Janis Joplin-inspired blues; "Rockin' Heaven Down" an ornate "Kashmir" rip; "Strange Night" a new-wave kinky dance club move. And Tower of Power's horns in "Even It Up" probably taught Huey Lewis a thing or two.