By Ritchie Yorke
08 Feb 2004
The Australian Sunday Mail
Fleetwood Mac guitarist and producer Lindsey Buckingham finds it a
simple task to name the half-dozen or so tracks he views most fondly
from the band's catalogue.
"From the current album, Say You Will, I'd name Red Rover, which is
very much about a simple guitar part doing the work of the whole
rhythm track to a great degree. That's the kind of thing that
interests me at the moment," says Buckingham.
"Then we can backtrack to Big Love, which was on the Tango in the
Night album. Again, it's a single guitar doing a lot of work.
"When I originally wrote it, it was a song about this lonely guy
living on a hill in Bel Air in Los Angeles. And right now, I'm still
living on that same hill but in a new house with a beautiful family.
So the song's taken on a bit of irony now."
Buckingham, whose history with Mac singer Stevie Nicks extends back
to a late-60s San Francisco acid-rock band called Fritz and a
romantic involvement in the 70s, cites Gypsy, from the album Mirage,
as the best song he produced for her.
"I think it's the best thing we ever did together as a team.
"Obviously I'm going to favour guitar songs in any list that I come
up with. I especially like Never Going Back Again (from Rumours)
with its sentiment of moving forward, of having been hurt but being
resilient. Again, there's an irony there.
"Everytime you're in a happy state, you kind of have the illusion
that you're never going to be hurt again.
"I'd probably have to name Go Your Own Way. It's something that I'm
proud of, something that fell together properly.
"It's so hard picking out the best of Stevie's songs. I love a tune
we're doing now from Tusk called beautiful Child, written by Stevie.
"And Tusk itself means a lot to me. It was the flagship song of the
turn we took at that time. It represents a kind of symbolism to me."
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