Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Posted 16 March 2007 - 05:10 AM
What does the board think of this one?
Oh and heres the article from The Onion.
By Steven Hyden
March 13th, 2007
The context: The massive success of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours in the late '70s capped the unlikeliest comeback in rock history. A formerly great blues band relegated to the soft-rock scrap heap was transformed into the decade's quintessential California pop hit machine with the addition of smoky chanteuse Stevie Nicks and perpetually wired studio-rat and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. They joined keyboardist Christine McVie as the band's songwriting and vocal core, and somehow, their wildly divergent personas harmonized brilliantly on one of the few perfect pop-rock albums ever made. Afterward, Fleetwood Mac was awash in the spoils of success, including drugs, round-the-clock rock-star coddling, and million-dollar recording budgets. A bit of each contributed to the making of Tusk, 1979's double-album follow-up to Rumours.
The greatness: The old joke about Warner Bros. executives seeing their checks fly out the window the first time they heard Tusk has a ring of truth: This is a far cry from the über-commercial Rumours, and it ended up doing a fraction of the business. Of course, that seemed to be the point—Buckingham at the time was enamored of The Clash, and he sought to apply punk's unpolished rawness to Brian Wilson-style songcraft. Buckingham wrote nine of Tusk's 20 songs, and his eccentric-yet-catchy numbers play like a nervy new-wave-inspired solo album stuffed inside a Fleetwood Mac record. Buckingham's minimalist aesthetic translates to the rest of Tusk (the band gave him a "special thanks" for his production in the liner notes) but this isn't a one-man show: McVie contributes some of her most haunting songs (including the lost classic "Brown Eyes"), and the band's weariness of superstar rock at the end of the Me Decade is best articulated by Nicks' rough, coke-addled vocals on songs like "Storms" and the hit single "Sara."
Defining song: After leading off with the fine McVie ballad "Over And Over," Tusk really gets going with Buckingham's "The Ledge," a manic two-minute rocker that sounds like "Second Hand News" after a Scarface-sized pile of blow. It's likely the point where label executives started to freak out.
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 08:10 AM
Tusk was one of my favorites when it came out, and it more than holds up. Rhino gave this the deluxe treatment a few years ago with an added disc of demos and alternate takes. Worth hearing.
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 08:24 AM
Posted 16 March 2007 - 08:45 AM
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 09:07 AM
Posted 16 March 2007 - 09:18 AM
Their cover album is pretty hilarious. A silly, sloppy mess, but fun if you're familiar with the original.
You should be aware that Camper Van Beethoven did a cover of the album. Yes, THE ALBUM, not just the song.
The artwork kills me:
Ouch! Damned jackalope bit my leg.
Posted 16 March 2007 - 02:18 PM
The title track continues to amaze me. It's unlike any other pop song really.
But overall, the McVie and Nicks songs can be pretty painful to take.
I really never need to hear "Over & Over" or "Sara" ever again.
So I would consider Tusk a flawed masterpiece - similar to Sandinista by The Clash - a brilliant mess.
Posted 16 March 2007 - 02:33 PM
Wow. This song "That's All For Everyone" is god damn EXCELLENT.
Lindsay man. Dude's a genius.
I'll try to post the album later for anyone that hasn't heard it.
Posted 16 March 2007 - 03:08 PM
man, "The Ledge" sounds like something off of Sad Sappy Sucker. This is fucked up, how is this Fleetwood Mac? My world is shattered.
Posted 16 March 2007 - 04:22 PM
Maybe I'll up the Camper Van Beethoven version later.
Posted 16 March 2007 - 05:57 PM
Posted 16 March 2007 - 06:37 PM
Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:46 AM
Still, I don't think it can hold a candle to the self titled and Rumours, their previous efforts during this incarnation.
seconded. Rumors is their most popular for a very good reason.
Posted 17 March 2007 - 05:38 AM
Posted 17 March 2007 - 07:34 AM
I've heard members of Fleetwood Mac say that the title,"Tusk", refers to the male sex organ, but about six months before this album came out, my Orange County coke dealer says,
"Wanna do a tusk?"
and proceeds to lay out this gigantic, fat, jimmypage-sized line of tootski. Yeeow! Naturally, I didn't want my elephant head to be unbalanced, so I "tusked" the right nostril as well.
Anyway, I gotta go with that interpretation; the Mac was legendary when it came to blow consumption, and, goddam if they didn't have a lot of competition in that place and time. My hat's off to them that they could get anything done at all; I could never play music on that shit.
I think I've already related the story about how this male hustler I knew got picked up by Stevie Nicks in front of Gil Turner's (kinda famous liquor store) on Sunset Strip.
"I need some cum!", I believe, were the words she barked from the back of her limo, and, as she honked away on his HIV dispenser, he rifled her purse. Heh. As my late Aunt Edith, god rest her soul, would say, "Who has more fun than people?"
Quite the story coolrock. Always good to see oldsters on the board with tales of debauchery back in the day when things were...well...different.
Posted 17 March 2007 - 08:57 AM
yeah, it's been ages since I listened to this in it's entirety and I'll probably enjoy it. Still, I don't think it can hold a candle to the self titled and Rumours, their previous efforts during this incarnation.
Listened to Rumours the other day. Amazed at it's ecclectic nature song to song. Also, obviously into the guitar playing (see up thread). Christine Mckvie's voice is so warm and mellow. The drum syncopation is so cool. Mac is always playing off beat but right on at the same time: really under-stated but powerful: great drums.