03 March 2011

Fleetwood Mac - top 5 songs

I felt the need to clarify which of their songs are my absolute favourites. Rather than pick one and hold it over all of them, I will pick 5 songs which I think go with the 5 main musicians. Unfortunately John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are much more difficult to classify but I'll work something out.

Lindsey Buckingham

A song written after himself and Stevie broke up, it is one of the best examples ever of good, raw, passionate music. As it was written by him, the guitar features heavily but everyone else with the possible exception of Stevie herself are very heavily engaged by this song.

Stevie Nicks

I think Sara is the best song for Stevie Nicks; written by her after losing her lover Mick Fleetwood (the "great dark wings") to her best friend, Sara, she laments this fact but is also happy for her friend - so long as she can still see her from time to time.

Christine McVie

This song was written while Christine was having an affair with her producer while married to John McVie. She is unhappy with the then-alcoholic John and got with another man to make her happy, and it did. It is very funky and enjoyable.

John McVie

The Chain was written by all of the band. It features one of the most recognisable and brilliant bass lines of all time, particularly the solo at the end. The cover art for the single of this song was of John McVie's hand, which has a small penguin tattoo on it. I would like to get the same one done someday! This is a great song which exemplifies their unity as a band and indeed a family.

Mick Fleetwood

While written by Stevie Nicks about her break-up with Lindsey Buckingham, I adore this song as it has such a simple drum beat that does so much. This was the reason I wanted to learn the drums and I have to thank Fleetwood for that!

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