28 PIECES OF MUSIC TRIVIA: FLEETWOOD MAC EDITION

Another salvage from my drafts 📂.
  1. Fleetwood Mac began their musical life, not as a rock band, but rather a blues band in London in 1967.
    They were originally known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer.
  2. The band had a string of bad luck with guitarists.
    Founder Peter Green up and left the band after a bad LSD trip, Jeremy Spencer left to join the religious group, Children of God, Danny Kirwan had a temper tantrum before a gig that resulted in him slamming his head against a wall, smashing his guitar, refusing to go on, and spending the evening heckling the band from the audience while Bob Weston was fired for his affair with Mick Fleetwood's wife.
  3. Christine McVie was ultimately the one who decided Stevie Nicks's fate with the band.
    The band needed a guitarist and wanted Lindsey but he wouldn't agree to join unless they took Stevie too, which was fine except the band already had a female singer. Not one to be easily deterred, Mick Fleetwood suggested a meeting between the two groups with the understanding that Christine had the final say. Luckily, she and Stevie hit it off so well that Buckingham and Nicks were both invited to join the band without even having to audition.
  4. Christine McVie's maiden name is Perfect.
    She used to joke with their Rumours/Tusk co-producer Ken Caillat that she really was perfect before marrying John.
  5. Their 1988 Greatest Hits album is often cited as being the last album released on 8-track by a major record label.
  6. "The Chain" is the only song that's credited to all five current members.
  7. Speaking of "The Chain", it was Frankensteined together from three separate songs.
    The intro was recycled from the Lindsey Buckingham-penned "Lola (My Love)" (which appeared on the Buckingham-Nicks LP) while the lyrics came from the unfinished Christine McVie song, "Keep Me There" and the Stevie Nicks song, "The Chain".
  8. The Muppets' Animal is rumored to be based on Mick Fleetwood.
  9. At one point in the '90s Fleetwood Mac toured without Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, or Stevie Nicks.
    Lindsey had left the band right before their Shake the Cage tour in '87, Christine had retired from touring to be closer to her family, and Stevie had left the band due to a dispute with Mick Fleetwood over the usage of "Silver Springs" (she wanted to use it on her solo album Timespace while he wanted to save it for the 25 Years- The Chain boxset).
  10. Part of the reason that the Tusk album failed was because of the double LP's then astronomical price of $15.99.
    Another factor that contributed to its failure was it being played in its entirety on the Westwood One radio station, which gave fans the opportunity to tape it for free.
  11. The only founding member of the band still with it today is Mick Fleetwood.
    Even though the band was named after him, John McVie chose to stay at his steady gig with The Bluesbreakers until a few weeks after Fleetwood Mac's August 13, 1967 debut.
  12. Despite its popularity today, "Landslide" was never actually released as a single.
    People didn't really start to pay attention to the song until The Smashing Pumpkins released an acoustic version of it in 1994.
  13. Rumours was originally going to be called Yesterday's Gone after a line in the song "Don't Stop."
    John McVie eventually came up with the title of Rumours, which he thought was fitting given the way the band were writing secret journals and diaries about each other through their music.
  14. Mick Fleetwood often described Stevie Nicks's performances of "Rhiannon" in the '70s and '80s as "watching an exorcism on stage."
    My favorite performance of "Rhiannon": http://youtu.be/aAgp8Y-cUng
  15. Rumours was intentionally crafted as a "no-filler" album, which meant that every song had the possibility to stand on its own and become a single.
  16. Stevie Nicks wrote "Dreams" while sitting on a velvet-covered bed in a recording studio that allegedly belonged to Sly from Sly & The Family Stone.
    After being told she wasn't needed in a recording session, she ran into a studio employee who told her that he had a key. When she asked him where to, he led her to a black and red studio that had a piano and sunken pit in the middle of the room with a black velvet-covered bed in it. Crawling onto the bed, she set up her little keyboard, flipped on her cassette player, and wrote "Dreams" in about ten minutes.
  17. Tango in the Night began as a Lindsey Buckingham solo record.
    It would also be another Lindsey Buckingham solo project that would lead to their reunion for 1997's The Dance.
  18. Despite its eighteen month production time, Stevie Nicks only spent a grand total of two weeks in the studio while Tango in the Night was being made.
    She sent the band her demos to work on while she was touring and promoting her album, Rock A Little, but wouldn't actually show up in the studio until shortly after her stay at the Betty Ford Center. ("Welcome to the Room...Sara" on the album is about that trip to rehab.)
  19. Lindsey Buckingham's older brother Greg won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in the 200m medley.
  20. Mick Fleetwood wanted to give his drug dealer a credit on Rumours.
    This never came to fruition, though, because the dealer was killed shortly before the album's completion.
  21. Their road manager used to hand out a capful of cocaine to each band member before they went on stage.
  22. In an attempt to defuse rumours that she was a witch, Stevie Nicks stopped wearing black clothes while performing for a time.
  23. While the lineup of Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood is the most famous, it's actually the 10th version of Fleetwood Mac.
    In total, there have been fifteen different members of the band.
  24. Stevie Nicks wrote "Landslide" while contemplating her future during a trip to Aspen, Colorado.
    At the time, she had been debating whether to stay with Lindsey and continue pursuing music or to break up with him and go back to school to finish her teaching degree.
  25. Despite their long history, Fleetwood Mac has notched a combined total of two number one songs in the US and UK.
    The band hit the top of the U.K. Singles chart in 1968 with founding member Peter Green's guitar-based instrumental "Albatross" while their lone US number one would come on June 18, 1977 with the Stevie Nicks- penned "Dreams". Coincidentally, both songs would only spend a single week at the top of their respective charts.
  26. The only reason Lindsey rejoined the band to sing "Don't Stop" at Bill Clinton's first inauguration was because Stevie called him up and told him that if he cheated her out of that opportunity, she would never speak to him again.
  27. John McVie has a fascination with penguins.
    He would spend hours watching them when he lived near the London Zoo and even has one tattooed on his forearm. Also, on the 1972 album, Future Games, he had his picture replaced with that of a penguin. (Not to mention that the band named an album and their publishing label after the animal.)
  28. While it's true that "Silver Springs" was cut from Rumours because it would have pushed them over their twenty-two minute limit for that side of the LP, it was also cut because the rest of the band felt they had too many slow songs on the record.
    Stevie Nicks was displeased to say the least and threw a *major* tantrum in the studio's parking lot before sucking it up and going in to lay down her vocals on the replacement track, "I Don't Want To Know".