The music of Fleetwood Mac (6 of 7)

Album: Tango in the Night (1987)

Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac

Isn't It Midnight - Fleetwood Mac

Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac

Mystified - Fleetwood Mac

Family Man - Fleetwood Mac

Looking Out For Love - Fleetwood Mac

Seven Wonders - Fleetwood Mac

While this album overall may be too pop-friendly and lacking in depth for some listeners, there is no denying Little Lies is a classic from the 80s. With the release of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac continued the approach of Mirage (1982), creating commercial easy-listening music with hit singles, the album became the groups biggest seller since Rumours (1977). Began life as a Lindsey Buckingham solo project, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac's next album. Contains plenty of inventively catchy tunes, with a sonic edge. This would, unfortunately, see Buckingham's departure from the pop/rock group, which would arguably influence the quality of the next records to come in the early to mid 90s.

Above are my selections. "Isn't It Midnight" is a personal favorite(especially the first half of the track). Readers, any thoughts on the music?


  1. Buckingham's departure from the band was very controversial though he, Stevie Nicks, and Mick Fleetwood do admit now that it was inevitable and the fact that the whole band was fucked up at that time. The story about Buckingham's departure is true rock n' roll lore.

    After finishing the album and doing the videos for the singles, the band was ready to tour but Buckingham said no. He didn't want to go on the road. He wasn't healthy enough to tour and basically called out everyone for their substance issues at the time. Stevie Nicks got pissed and flew at him as if she was trying to kill him. Mick Fleetwood later wrote about it on his book back in 1990 in which Buckingham replied with a song called "Wrong". It's some funny rock-soap shit. You can't make shit up like that anymore.

  2. @thevoid99: wow, you know a lot about this, thanks for sharing here. The band had their fair share of disagreements, though remarkably it in some instances resulted in great music.
    Probably most of the band problems were genuine, and have helped sell a bunch of records and biographies too.

  3. I grew up with this stuff in the late 70's and early 80's. When I was about 19 or 20 they had a bit of revival for me. For some reason their music was hitting a chord with me at the time. Nice write up, these guys definitely made some amazing songs. I might have to go dig up my greatest hits cd now.

    1. @Mark: Nice to meet a fan of their music! Yeah, that greatest stuff is special. I started listening to Fleetwood Mac in earnest this year, and I’m hooked!

      ps You only need to send your comment once, and wait for me to publish it :)


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