Tango in the Night POLL (Fleetwood Mac)

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"Little Lies" is such a perfectly constructed song abetted by sympathetic production that I never tire of it. I often think Nicks' nasally TELL ME LIIIES chorus backup vocal is the shrewdest, most moving of her Mac tenure.


As with most things between these two, I feel Stevie’s line can’t really be divorced from Lindsey’s hyper multitracked and compressed “TELL ME/TELL ME LIES!”

Pretty sure huge hunks of the album were patched together with a Fairlight. I was blown away learning from the Replacements book that Jim Dickinson used a Fairlight to cobble together acceptable drum takes, and if even the Replacements were (unwittingly) using the Fairlight for that purpose there is no way that Bucky wasn't doing it the same way (and, coincidentally, the same year), especially given members of the Mac were as fucked up as the Mats (and Bucky, if he had his way, probably would have replaced them all with machines if he could have, anyway).


I think this is right. The template for this era is Lindsey’s Go Insane album, albeit with live instruments instead of simply stock library sounds.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 31 January 2021 15:24 (eight months ago) link

Agreed. The “Play in the Rain” section of the album especially popped into my head upon hearing the two parter version of “You and I”

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 31 January 2021 15:58 (eight months ago) link

Low quality bootleg camcorder recording of "Little Lies" from 1987. Sound quality dicey but comes off well

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:27 (eight months ago) link

Better one from 90

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxBP5CnRZwE

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:31 (eight months ago) link

(tho obv no Lindsey on either)

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:35 (eight months ago) link

Burnette/Vito sounds awful.

I want that Stevie cloak.

yeah they had big shoes to fill and they filled it with....oh u know

if Spaghetti-Os had whammy bars (Neanderthal), Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:38 (eight months ago) link

Reminds me that I've never checked out any footage from the Campbell/Finn tour. I'm really curious, because I can't imagine the addition of either of those guys ever making something worse.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:14 (eight months ago) link

OK, here's a full show (Little Lies slotted second in the setlist!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHmWxsGLNcU

Sounds fine, the biggest problem is that neither Neil nor Mike sound much like Bucky.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:24 (eight months ago) link

Admittedly, Nicks hasn't sounded much like herself for 35 years.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:31 (eight months ago) link

I have my own biases/tastes, but I've seen Fleetwood Mac minus Christine and they sounded great. I've seen Christine and Bucky tour together without the others and their take on Mac stuff sounded great. I've seen Bucky tour with his own band and he sounded great, too, Mac stuff included. As if it hadn't been demonstrated by his absence before, clearly Bucky as constant is pretty key to the Mac sound from S/T on, either by force of will or force of musical imagination.

Of course, I've seen Stevie solo a couple of times, too, and she was pretty good as well, but she doesn't need to lean *too* hard on the Mac stuff, given all her hits. Bucky sort of comes at it from a different perspective, rewarding people with some Mac stuff for putting up with all of his non-hits. Which admittedly are often pretty great, but he knows they're not substitutes, just alternatives.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 January 2021 19:07 (eight months ago) link


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