This Video is Really F’n Cool
Posted by DrFunke on June 27, 2009
Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands with a background story almost as famous as its music. They released the album “Rumours” in the 70’s, and for a while it was the highest selling album in music history. Part of what made the album so compelling was the intertwining relationships between band members, most notably singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham. Confusingly enough, Stevie is a chick and Lindsey is a dude.
ANYWAY, Nicks and Buckingham were in the middle of a long-term relationship that was deteriorating, while other band members John and Christine McVie were on their way to getting a divorce, and drummer Mick Fleetwood was getting ready to nail whichever female got single first. While all of this was going on, the band wrote “Rumours” and basically all the songs were about breaking up. This gave the album an extra level of fame and, in my opinion, made all the songs about 10 times more interesting than they would’ve been normally. Take the song “Go Your Own Way” for example. It’s a great song, and people would’ve loved it regardless of context. But listen to the lyrics, and imagine singing it while the girl you’re breaking up with sings the harmony along with you. Heavy stuff.
One song that was written for “Rumours” but wasn’t included was “Silver Springs.” It’s another song about breaking up, and like many other Fleetwood Mac songs, it’s more effective when you know what was happening between Nicks and Buckingham. Knowing about them is what makes this live performance of “Silver Springs” so goddamn mesmerizing after the 4:00 mark. Take a look:
That stare down is absolutely incredible. In the words of Mac 10, “I couldn’t tell if they were more likely to fuck or fight each other right there on stage.” It’s an awesomely emotional performance of a great song, and the video is honestly an amazing thing to watch. Enjoy.