Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

UPDATE: The Bloomberg article below borrows a lot from the book, Making Rumours by Ken Caillat and Steve Stiefel. Steve is a longtime AMERICAblog reader which is really fun news.

Lots of stories out there recently now that the 1997 Rumours album has had a special new release. I readily admit that I didn’t listen to any of their music back then and for years wouldn’t listen to any of their music.

In all fairness though, they have plenty of great songs and as someone who played the drums for years (until too many broken bones in my hand made it unpleasant) I enjoy listening to Mick Fleetwood. Some people still dislike the band and the album including this poor guy who had to hear it over and over while working in a record store. (It took me years until I could listen to Nights in White Satin after hearing it so many times at a restaurant where I worked.)

Others though have come around to enjoying the hit album decades later. If you weren’t aware of the back stories during the recording, this Bloomberg article shares a few of them. You wonder how they all made it through the process with all of the fighting and the sexual tensions between everyone. After reading the story, I wondered how a fight didn’t break out during the recording of Second Hand News. Ouch.


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  • hollywoodstein

    I am so sorry, what a miserable fate. The roller rink near where I grew up would play that song over and over if no one was putting quarters in the jukebox. Evil, but effective.

  • lilyannerose

    Funny, I watched the “documentary” on Fleetwood Mac/Rumors last night. With both couples breaking up and being confined in that small studio for nearly a year it speaks to emotion and the creative process. I still find “Rumors” to be a perfect flow of continuity of sound. It has and remains on my top five list of releases!

  • mrspeel2

    I’ve loved that album ever since it was released. In fact, I played it so much that while on a road trip from RI to ME, I found out that my first cassette tape was totally worn out. I’ve since learned moderation is best!

  • hefetone

    Thank you Stephen. It is difficult to take someone seriously as an expert on a topic when they make such elementary mistakes. What the hell is a “Knight” in White Satin?

  • hollywoodstein

    Dreams is timeless. As an underage young’un I was privileged to see them live. Stevie was dressed seventies gypsy chic, and the band was on fire, oh and that voice.

    Here’s a little FMac gem from the Mystery to Me album that sometimes gets overlooked, Hypnotized
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZeTlMpnfHk

  • Houndentenor

    11 hours later and it’s still not corrected so ummm not so much.

  • mirror

    I ignored Fleetwood Mac during the height of my youthful rock time in the mid to late 70s, but now I think what they were doing then was pop rock genius. The live and the studio don’t have much of a boundary because they toured themselves to near death. Looking at there music now, I think by 1980 it was all over right to the obsession with manipulating the studio sound. Of course, they weren’t the only band then who’s quality took a dive as their income stayed the same or grew. I see them as an example of how genius can have a limited life span in the arts.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Then there’s Spawns of Satin.

  • http://madisonleathersmith.com leathersmith

    didn’t you use drum sticks?

  • judybrowni

    I only wish Nights in White Satin or Fleetwood Mac had been drummed into me instead of “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” repeated endlessly on the jukebox in the bar below my bedroom for an entire semester in a cheap college apartment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740856118 facebook-740856118

    There is fact checking. Us! :)

  • Houndentenor

    1977. There really isn’t any fact-checking anywhere these days, is there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.lorimor Stephen Lorimor

    My husband, a die hard Fleetwood Mac fan, points out that Rumors is a 1977 album, not 1997 as stated in the article. Also, the Moody Blues song is “Nights” in White Satin, not “Knights”.

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