Monday, June 16, 2008

Yup, I Like Fleetwood Mac

Well, it's been a while since I've posted and even this one is going to be short! What have I been up to? To name a few...

Picnics/Barbecues
Entertaining Canadians
Listening to the new David Sedaris audiobook
Not finishing the Sunday NYT Crossword
Busy working, etc. etc. etc.

So, why I am even posting at all? No good reason, other than to talk about Fleetwood Mac for a moment. That's right, it's summertime and I'm once again in the mood for the Mac!


Fleetwood Mac has become one of those bands that I went from sort of ironically liking (I mean, look at Lindsey Buckingham's white suit in the following clip and try tell me that it isn't cool on some level!) to honestly enjoying, to now being sort of in love with. Seriously, Rumours is one of the few albums I own that doesn't have a single song I dislike on it. And Tusk, even at double- album length, is pretty much the same way.

I know a lot of people don't give this band a chance and I can understand that. It's hard for them to escape the same category that The Eagles, Carole King, and every other sort of AOR from the 70's fall into. All I can say is that this band's music just cuts deeper than the others from that era. Lindsay Buckingham's guitar playing sets the tone, Mick Fleetwood holds everything together with his superb drumming, and what can you say about crazy gypsy Stevie Nicks? Her vocal delivery on Silver Springs is about as powerful and moving as you'll ever find in a pop song.

Anyway, my point isn't to convince the haters, but to share this clip in case people are looking for a quick midday break from work. Thus, here is a vintage performance of "Dreams" from the late 70's ...



Also, check out this Sandro Perri's amazing cover of Dreams. Definitely, definitely worth a download.

6 comments:

Todd said...

Josh, you are not alone in your love of the Mac. I don't know how it happened, but Tusk has somehow managed to become my most frequently listened to album of the past few years. The Beatles don't even get as much airplay with me these days. Good, good stuff.

Josh said...

Seriously, man, it doesn't even make sense! Tusk is the only album I've even listened to the last couple weeks, in particular the song "Save Me a Place," which kills me.

agingsnob said...

Nicks's voice on Silver Springs is gold, my friend, gold. Agreed!

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled--well, let's not gush--I'm pleasantly surpised and happy to see that you're a fan of Fleetwood Mac. While I'm a sucker for Nicks, "Never Going Back Again" is a great Buckingham showcase. (Have you seen/heard The Dance? While her vocals aren't as tight as the studio cut, Nicks exorcises demons in "Silver Springs.")

Josh said...

I've actually never seen The Dance, though, as far as I can remember, my first conscious exposure to Fleetwood Mac (though surely I must have heard them many times before that) occurred when my Uncle Ed decided to try out his new speakers by blasting the version of "Never Going Back Again" from The Dance at ground-shaking volume.

Megan said...

You should really pull your white three-piece out of the closet for a turn on the streets of Brooklyn more often, Josh.