This is the greatest video on Youtube- and i am 100% serious in that proclamation. I cant remember exactly how i found this, but i think it has something to do with me looking for Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac drum machine demos in like 2010 or something?? It has since become a sort of viral thing… When i first saw this video, i probably played it 10 times in a row. The story goes this is Rolling Stone cover shoot with Annie Liebovitz, and Stevie was chatting up the makeup person, and the instrumental demo start playing, and she starts singing the chorus over and over with a backup singer off camera. Its just the chorus, yet it feels like an entire song.. Its that good.. The version that came out years later on her solo album was pretty awful. This version though, is perfect.
Yes - that Patti Smith comparison is spot on - there’s a rasp and knowingness in that delivery. I can imagine Smith starting a song by saying “this is a song about a welsh witch.” But I’m wondering though if Stevie could introduce a song about a beach “where women love other women.”One of the first (and very few) times I smoked puff, it was round a friend's house - his parents had just got cable so we stayed up all night watching MTV. The video to "Big Love" came on and I laughed so hard I had to run into the bathroom and spew up in the sink. Tango In The Night is the best, IMO.
I listened to everything by FM last year, trawled through loads of archive articles, read Stevie Nicks' biog (AWFUL), etc. They're an odd but likable bunch. Beats me how you go from your singer getting sectioned after doing acid with the Red Army Faction, to flogging your yacht to pay off your coke debts.
Was there ever a branch of Woolworths or Our Price that didn't have Rumours in stock? I spent years thinking Dreams was by Sheryl Crow, or recorded in the '90s at least. A few times on Gold Dust Woman, Stevie Nicks sounds uncannily like Patti Smith.
I remember "tusk" being hailed as a daring bit of experimental pop for one of the world biggest-selling chart toppers, which it was. not a bad choon.