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A friend of mine said once that Fleetwood Mac is a band of solo artists – or something like that. Currently, you have Stevie Nicks – the lead singer, In this case he is right on the money. His proof: the documentary Fleetwood Mac: Destiny Rules.

Destiny Rules is a candid documentary that follows the making of the band’s 2003 studio album Say You Will. It was the first album without longtime member and keyboardist Christine McVie and the first record with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham back in the band. Buckingham left the band shortly before the tour for their 1987 album Tango In the Night.

What Destiny Rules shows us is that, while a considerable amount of healing has taken place among the band – particularly between the notoriously stormy relationship between Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks, there are still some caveats. For starters, they are somewhat worlds apart in their approaches to their craft – in particular the overall style.

For starters, Buckingham wanted their latest album to be a double album. A sordid Tusk 2.0 if you will. Nicks and the rest of the band see a double album as career suicide. She is right in her assessment that younger people, their target audience, will not buy a double album in 2003. After all, she would know because her solo efforts have, for the most part, consistently sold well despite her own age. Buckingham’s albums haven’t sold as well as hers.

To further drive home this point, when I saw Nicks in August 2011, her audience was a pretty full house. It consisted of young

English: FLEETWOOD MAC on March 3, 2009 in St....

women, families with children, some men and older women. It was at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands – just outside Houston, TX. When Lindsey Buckingham came to the Verizon Wireless Theater in downtown Houston, it was a smaller audience that consisted of older men and women. I and my friend Javier both joked that the audience was “the Woodstock generation” because we are in our mid-twenties.

But one of the best things is that it shows the actual production process that the album went through. Such as the scene where Stevie and Lindsey converse about Throw Down and the possibility of editing out a verse. Also the idea of choosing the right mixing person to mix the songs is shown.

However the biggest complaint with this DVD is that there are absolutely NO extras. It is bare bones. It says on the back that the documentary was culled from over 500 hours of footage. You mean to tell me that you couldn’t make some extras out of that?!

B+

 

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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.


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Let’s see. Which rock soap opera is more jucier: Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham vs. Stevie Nicks vs. Mick Fleetwood or The Beatles George Harrison vs The Yardbird’s Eric Clapton vs. Patti Boyd? Let’s do a comparison:

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham vs. Stevie Nicks vs. Mick Fleetwood 

  • Stevie has an affair with drummer Mick Fleetwood, but he ends it because he falls in love, marries and later divorces her best friend Sara Recor. This serves as the inspiration for Fleetwood Mac classic Sara and quite possibly its baby sister Welcome to the Room…..Sara from 1987’s Tango In The Night. 
  • Stevie previously dated guitarist Lindsey Buckingham right up until sometime during the Rumours tour. A good 1/3rd of that album consists of songs that are jabs at each other including I Don’t Wanna Know and the ever-popular Go Your Own Way.
  • Life In the Fast Lane by the Eagles is rumored to be about the relationship between Buckingham and Nicks.
The Beatles George Harrison vs The Yardbird’s Eric Clapton vs. Patti Boyd
  • Clapton tries to steal Harrison’s wife in song – what a bully!
  • No knowledge as to if Harrison tries to actually fight back for her. I would say if you really love her, you will fight and do whatever it takes for her.
It’s a draw on this one folks

Fleetwood Mac is one of the great blues, pop/rock bands that spawned the successful solo careers of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie

Happy Birthday!

Nicks. However, there is one rather underrated vocalist/keyboardist that almost never gets the attention that she deserves. I am speaking of Christine McVie. Since it is her birthday, I figured we would celebrate and countdown what the Wild Heart thinks are the 10 greatest songs she has written with Fleetwood Mac.

  1. Isn’t It Midnight. Christine, overall, wasn’t considered the rocker chick of the band. That was Stevie’s job. However, she proves on this song, which hit #14 on the US rock charts, that she can rock as hard as Lindsey and Stevie.
  2. Only Over You. Christine was definitely the balladeer of Fleetwood Mac. Even during some of the worst times of her love life she wrote some of the greatest love songs. According to the linear notes of Mirage, this was inspired by her then-boyfriend, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.
  3. Songbird. Like I said earlier, Christine is the balladeer of Fleetwood Mac. This heartfelt ballad however, was viewed as somewhat of a promise that things would be okay amongst them during the tumultuous relationships that were disintegrating during the recording of Rumours. Even her ex-husband, fellow band member John McVie, said on their Classic Albums episode that this song would bring tears to his eyes everytime she would sing this song at the end of their shows.
  4. Hold Me. This was another song that was, according to some, written for Dennis Wilson, McVie’s then-boyfriend. Sadly he drowned while trying to recover stuff he threw into the ocean in California over a year after this song was released.
  5. Little Lies. Written with her then-husband Eddy Quintela, this song was covered by American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
  6. Everywhere. This popular song from both 1987’s Tango In the Night and 1997’s live album The Dance. It was covered by Vampire Weekend in 2008.
  7. You Make Lovin’ Fun. Perhaps one of the most recognizable tracks of McVie’s career, it was actually about the man that she was having an affair with, Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, during her tumultuous relationship with Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. This happened during the making of the ever-popular Rumours album.
  8. One More Night. Christine has an amazing voice. What can I say? However, this is a brief return to the roots of Fleetwood Mac before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined – when it was a British blues band.
  9. Love In Store. From 1982’s Mirage album.

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.

 


I will post what the Wild Heart considers to be the 20 best Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks songs.

  1. This is the sole song that was written by the entire band.
  2. This song was apparently written for Christine McVie‘s then-boyfriend, Dennis Wilson of  the legendary Beach Boys. Their relationship ended in 1981 due to his alcoholism. Unfortunately he passed away in 1983 when he drowned somewhere in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles when he was once again drinking heavily, jumped off his yacht and tried to retrieve stuff he had thrown out 3 years prior. 
  3. This was the song that introduced me to Fleetwood Mac.
  4. This is, at least for me, one of those songs you occasionally hear on the radio, but you don’t know what it is. When I first put in the album that this is on, Tango In the Night, I called up my now ex-boyfriend (who gave me the album on a trip to San Antonio – we found in in an antique shop and it is one of the few things I still look at or listen to since the relationship ended) and ecstatically exclaimed that this was the song that I was looking f0r from Stevie Nicks. It is one of her best with Fleetwood Mac – even though most people don’t like this particular album. 
  5.  When I was a young girl, my father used to tell me the rumor about Stevie Nicks being a witch or was a member of a family of witches as truth. As a Christian, it is wrong to perpetuate rumours. Though yes, some of her beliefs I do question, I still enjoy her music, buy her albums and dance around to her music. If anything, I would rather pray for her.
  6. Every single time I hear this song I think of my friend that is currently in a bad relationship. She is currently pregnant with his child. Kinda haunting, but great at the same time.
  7. I love how Stevie changes the lyrics from the original recording in this song. Also, her voice is much more raspier, which brings the song to a whole new level of amazing!
  8. One of the best duets I have ever heard.
  9. This is what happens when you mix Inception, a fun house, “love grunts” and a really cute Lindsey Buckingham. By the way, every other time that they try to do this song live, they never do this song justice: its always stripped down and acoustic. So here is my plea: STOP DOING IT ACOUSTIC! It sounded better when done in the studio. Ever heard of the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well Lindsey it wasn’t broke so why are you fixing it?
  10. I frequently quote this song. At least in my head.
  11. Also written for Dennis Wilson.
  12. Some bands don’t age well when they put out later material. Say You Will, released in 2003, the album entered the Billboard 200 charts at #3. They also had a very successful Unleashed tour in 2009. They have aged very well, don’t you think?
  13. This is perhaps Nick’s best-known song even to the point that Destiny’s Child sampled the guitar riff for their 2001 hit Bootylicious. Stevie even makes a cameo in the video for the song as the woman playing the guitar riff. 
  14. Everytime I hear this song I either want to get up and dance with sashes upon my arms and/or sing.
  15. I once tried to dedicate this song to a friend of mine who was about to get married. It was my own little way of saying “Congrats, he’s a good guy.” Sadly  Oprah didn’t pick my name as the “Ultimate Stevie Nicks Fan.”
  16. About a week ago, due to some some personal issues that have been going on in my life, I listened to this song and broke down crying. 
  17. Finally, one for those that love the Soundstage Sessions, aka “Live in Chicago” dvd: Enchaaannteedd!

In keeping with the fact that Rumours will be the theme of next weeks episode of Glee, I thought it would be fun to post some videos of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks behind the scenes and live. Enjoy!

Stevie Nicks rehearses a demo of “The Wild Heart” while applying makeup

Behind the scenes footage of the video shoot for “Hold Me.”

The first performance ever of Nicks’ iconic hit Stand Back. Unfortunately she is a bit coked up  on this performance at the Us Festival – however she is really funny throughout this performance which is what makes it a classic. 

I love it when Stevie performs with Tom Petty! It always is a great performance!

And now for some DEMOS!!! Some of the demos sound better than the released versions! Every Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fan needs to hear them!

Demos for “Little Lies”  

Demo for “Seven Wonders.” Though this is one of my favorite songs off the “Tango In the Night” album, thank goodness they made it better!

Demo for “Hold Me.” This is probably one of my favorite demos and even the finished song is a favorite.

Honestly I think the “Tango In the Night” recording is much better.

Lesson to be learned: don’t make Stevie mad at you. This is a great demo of “Smile at You.”

One of the most underrated tracks from “The Wild Heart:” “Nothing Ever Changes.” Good thing is that this track did change – at least on the chorus.  

I am kinda liking this demo of “Talk to Me.”
What collection of demos would be complete with a few takes of “Edge Of Seventeen?” None!