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If you have followed the Wild Heart for awhile (ok this blog is only a couple of months old people!) you probably have figured out

"Ladies and Gentlemen....rock & roll!"

by now that there are 3 musical things that the Wild Heart is passionate about: the 80’s, Fleetwood Mac, and early Mtv.

Now once upon a time there was a little network called Mtv, where all 3 of those little passions would have gotten fed had I been born earlier (like in 1970 or earlier). But alas, I was born in the mid 80’s.

Aside from the fact that I was not allowed to watch it as a young girl due to religious upbringing (I was more into VH1 anyway!) and I was just too young to get it, I missed the good years of MTV. But now, I can watch them on a little channel on YouTube that someone has made that is 100% devoted to the 1st 24 hours of MTV – even right down to the commercials that were aired during those 1st 24 hours of amazingness. Talk about a meticulous recreation! All I need now is a long HDMI cable and the time and patience to put all the videos in order in a playlist and one day I shall have a little MTV video party!

Anyways here are 10 reasons I have become obsessed with this little channel and why you should be too!

  1. MTV was launched on August 1st, 1981. I, along with a few others I know, were born in the mid to late 80s. We missed all the good stuff on MTV.
  2. When was the last time you saw a historical musical event like this that aired on television with the original commercials? The answer is never. Sometimes watching a historical event (such as the local news breaking into a trailer for Zoolander to show the events that would be forever remembered as September 11th) is kinda like reading a passage out of the Bible: won’t make sense unless you read it in context. Same goes for commercials. In this case, it shows you what was popular at the time.
  3. If you ask the Wild Heart, this is the absolute best mix of videos ever made: the Who, Pretenders, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren. It’s the visual equivalent of my (and maybe your) iPod mix.
  4. Ladies – Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. Need I say more?
  5. Kids, this is what MTV used to be like. Not that horrible Jersey Shore crap!
  6. Good music lives on – sometimes even past the time of the artist and time of actual release. For example: a few years ago me and a friend went to see Heart, Journey and Cheap Trick together. My friend was about 19 and I was 22. I was expecting people at that concert as old as my parents. I was really surprised to see people both my parents age as well as my age at the concert. Furthermore, I even remember my friend telling me that some of her friends were jealous of her for going to the concert. It’s kinda cool to know that some of these artists are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  7. It’s kinda cool to see some vintage artist interviews from the likes of REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, etc.
  8. The technical issues give it a sense of realism – like as if you are watching it live when it first aired, not on YouTube.
  9. You can feed your inner rockstar.
  10. I want to see the REO Speedwagon concert…….not.

MTV ID – One Night Stand w/ Fleetwood Mac – YouTube.

If I were alive during this time I would totally enter this contest. I know that it is no secret that the Wild Heart LOVES Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks – heck, I am named after one of her albums. (the one with Stand Back)

However I can safely say that if I WERE alive back then, my loving but strict Christian parents probably would NEVER let their daughter enter in a contest like THIS. Why you ask? a) drugs b) they thought Stevie was a practicing Wiccan – she wasn’t. c) my dad prefers the Peter Green years. I prefer the Buckingham Nicks years. and d) a young Baptist girl meeting a famous rockstar or a whole group of them would not bode well with the members of the local Southern Baptist Church. (still wouldn’t actually)

Here’s to dreaming though!

Cover of "Buckingham Nicks"

In 1973 there was a young couple that resided in Los Angeles that were from the remnants of a band called Fritz – who previously became popular because they opened for the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, among others in the San Francisco Bay area. Though their band Fritz disbanded, band members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks secured a record deal with Polydor records.

Though the album flopped and was dropped from Polydor, it served as a springboard for both members musical careers. One day producer Keith Olson was playing Long Distance Winner to Mick Fleetwood, drummer for the popular British then-blues band Fleetwood Mac, who had endured a staggering 9 lineup changes prior to the inclusion of Buckingham Nicks. Originally Mick wanted only Buckingham. However, according to Behind the Music Remastered, Buckingham insisted on his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, come as part of a “package deal.”

Buckingham Nicks’ self-titled debut album is like a beautiful diamond in the rough or even a fine wine: it gets better with age and experience. Nicks voice sounds raw as does Buckingham’s fast guitar picking on Don’t Let Me Down Again which, at one point Nicks seems to slightly scream “Baby baby don’t treat me this way.” One of the more hauntingly beautiful tracks is Races Are Run, which singer Stevie Nicks voice shines. The song itself though, in retrospect kinda foreshadows what would happen to Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who famously were one of many of the band members in the throes of a bad breakup during the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s enormously popular Rumours album in 1977. Though they have had their moments, the two are still friends to this day.

However, one of the coolest things about this album is that if it was released today, it would quite possibly be a hit in the indie world. In a perfect world this album would’ve been a hit, they would have gotten married and made more albums like this. But as time went on to successful careers: Stevie as a member of Fleetwood Mac as well as a massively popular solo career and Lindsey Buckingham as an influential guitar player.


Stevie Nicks has proven herself to be the most powerful woman in rock & roll. However, even rocks Gold Dust Woman has her “what was she thinking” moments. Rock A Little perhaps is one of these.

Rock A Little is a little like her previous release, the 1983 classic The Wild Heart albeit with a more 80’s pop feel. It fits Nicks much like a fashion accessory – too many of them break the overall outfit. The title track, “Rock A Little (Go Ahead Lily),” is one of those tracks. The lyrics scream rock song or at least a power ballad, but instead it is a slower song. Either way, neither song nor lyric fit each other.

“The Nightmare” is a completely senseless song. Though it has a great beat, it’s like she was on quite a bit of drugs when she recorded it. The same goes for other songs such as “I Sing For Things” – which would be an enjoyable track had Nicks not been on drugs, thus slurring her words. She does this on many of the tracks. Shortly after the Rock A Little tour, she famously entered the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment for a cocaine addiction.

However, “I Can’t Wait” is almost like an updated version of the classic smash “Stand Back.” A surprise track that the Wild Heart loves is “If I Were You” – a ballad that is a plea to a significant other to stay in the relationship. It is a beautiful, yet uptempo, ballad. “Sister Honey” is a rare almost-dance track from Stevie Nicks. It is a great album cut. One of the best album tracks is “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You” – a song written for then-boyfriend and member of the Eagles Joe Walsh, who had suffered the loss of his young daughter due to injuries in an automobile accident en route to nursery school in 1974. Walsh took Nicks to the water fountain that she frequented when she was alive to show Nicks that her problems and pain were nothing compared to the hell he has put up with.

Overall the Wild Heart can only recommend this album if either a) you want to show your children what music on drugs sounds like or b) you are a die-heart Stevie Nicks fan. Otherwise, only download a few tracks and nothing more.

Ahhhh Fleetwood Mac. A band where you know who dated who and who broke up with who. However, when they make music together, it’s completely sheer magic. On Tango In the Night, this magic once again doesn’t fail them.

On this album, the band members take a more stylized production approach – a slick pop approach that still stays true to the style and music of Fleetwood Mac. Mirage and Rumours were more organic in both their sound and lyrics. Tango In the Night is, but with more production overdubs and a more pop approach. It sounds like they took more production cues from their most popular band member, Stevie Nicks, whose latest solo release at the time was Rock A Little (1985)

The greatest thing about this album is that there is no weak track. Each is a great standalone track. But perhaps one of the greatest tracks is Big Love due to the creative guitar-playing and “love grunting” of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

One thing to notice about the album is that the presence of Stevie Nicks is a little less. While she sings backup on many of the songs such as Little Lies, she has less songs where she is the lead vocalist, or even the main songwriter. The reason is due to the fact that she was in rehab for a cocaine addiction. On the other hand, Seven Wonders, though it’s not Gypsy or Gold Dust Woman, is still a viable (and underrated) classic. One surprise great track is Welcome to the Room…..Sara. It almost is a foreshadow of her later work including her latest single Secret Love from her latest album In Your Dreams.

Overall this is one of the most under appreciated albums of Fleetwood Mac. It is definitely a good listen, even though it is a deviation from the normal bluesy-pop/rock that has become beloved among Fleetwood Mac fans.


The Wild Heart wants to wish one of the many inspirations of this blog a happy birthday. (That is, next to Heart, Van Halen, Amy Grant, Pat Benatar, etc) Who is it you ask? It is a member of Fleetwood Mac that bangs a tamborine around onstage and sings such beautiful songs as Enchanted, If Anyone Falls In Love, Stand Back, Gypsy, Landslide, and the favorite of the Wild Heart herself, Wild Heart.

I figured since it is a good day to talk about this, I will. I am a recent Stevie Nicks fan – mostly dating back to last summer. I was in the UH library (I was in summer school) looking up stuff for class and listening to Pandora radio. I already had disproven my father’s longstanding dislikeness of Stevie Nicks based on the rumour that she was a practicing Wiccan. (Note: I come from a Christian family – I am still a rather devout Christian, but I try to see others as Christ sees them and not judge them) I had already downloaded the respective artists on iTunes. I guess I wanted something more to listen to on Pandora, so I put both artists in and I loved what I heard and downloaded more as time went by.

So here are some of my favorite Stevie performances:

Anytime I hear this song I think of my friend Jamie and how I wanted to get on Oprah for the Ultimate Stevie Nicks fan contest so I could get her to sing this as an extra wedding gift to Jamie and her now-husband. I guess I will have to give her the cd.

I love this song, but unfortunately it reminds me of a friend who’s an ex-addict who decided to date another ex-addict who was a terrible person. They had a child together and, needless to say, I think of this song as a metaphor for her relationships with others that have been destroyed due to the fact that she decided to date this terrible man and make some choices that resulted in a child born out of wedlock  and shotgun marriage. Also, in a way it is what I wanted to tell her about her decision to date this man, but more harshly! I love it!

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks was just one of many contributing voices and songwriters. However she proves that she is much more with the release of Bella Donna.

This album is almost like an extension of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac at least on the title track and Kind of Woman, but she quickly kicks things into gear with a duet, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with fellow rocker Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is a sign of what is to come on her next album, The Wild Heart. She continues this with the country-tinged Think About It and The Highwayman. 

However, Bella Donna takes flight in the area of sheer amazement with the ever-popular and seminal smash Edge of Seventeen. It is one of the best songs of the album not only because of its driving guitar, but even its meaning. It has a pretty interesting story behind the song. Nevertheless it is a sad story. It is about the death of both ex-Beatle John Lennon and Nicks’ Uncle John, who died around the same time of each other. It is referenced metaphorically throughout the song. Nicks has talked about this many times whenever the subject of this song comes up. It has since become a staple of all her concerts.

On Leather and Lace, former boyfriend and Eagles lead singer Don Henley joins her in a rather beautiful manner. She tells him “I have my own life/ and I am stronger than you know/ But I carry this feeling/ That when you walked into my house/ That you won’t be walking out the door.”

Overall the album still sounds like some of the Fleetwood Mac material, yet Nicks shows that she is capable of having a great solo career outside of the band.