Saturday, 18 July 2009

Fleetwood Mac.

I would have never imagined that I would fall in love with songs by the British American band, Fleetwood Mac. I remembered that I used to derisively said that these were songs meant for mid-age people suffering from mid-life crisis ala Adult Contemporary category. Until I bought their 1988 greatest hits collection back in mid 90s as well as watching their reunion concert called The Dance, that is. Maybe because I am getting old, and being old means mellower. So that beautiful, ethereal looking and perpetually clad in curtain like layers of dress, often in all black or sometimes in white is Stevie Nicks, I said to myself. What a distinctive contralto voice she's got. And that manic looking drummer is Mick Fleetwood, one of the original founding member. Rounding up the bands are Lindsay McVie (bassist), Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards) and finger plucking guitarist, vocalist Lindsey Buckingham. Nicks, Buckingham contributed majority of this period songwriting. Christine McVie also gave contribution and one of the highlights included "Little Lies", penned and sung by her. A little retrospective checking revealed the rich and often fascinating history of this band, which often enjoyed a variable degrees of success as well high turnover, personally turbulent lives of its band members. The band itself was founded in 1967. Fleetwood is the only constant member from the founding period. An interesting fact is "Black Magic Woman", the Santana hit, is originally by Fleetwood Mac from this period, as well as "Albatross". It was between 1975 to 1987 which Fleetwood Mac would gained mainstream success, and generated singles which were collected in the 1988 compilation. And it was also from this period that most of their songs were often overheard over some radios or occasional music videos. Some of their songs were covered by bands like The Corrs (Dreams) as well as a personal favourite of mine, "Edge Of Seventeen", a single by Stevie Nicks from her hit debut album, Bella Donna, which was heard playing in a scene from School Of Rocks as well as the distinctive guitar riff used as a sample in Bootylicious by Destiny's Child.

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