10 Things You Didn't Know... - September 23, 2016

10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Fleetwood Mac
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac have been going for almost 50 years, have sold over 100 million albums and redefined pop music, as well as the definition of “personal” when it came to writing songs about each other.

Mirage, their 13th studio album, gets a deluxe re-release today (September 23rd) complete with a second disc containing 19 outtakes and rarities. The album, which came out in 1982, sold over three millions copies and includes hit singles like ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Hold Me’.

Among the unreleased gems are early versions of several album tracks like ‘Empire State’ and ‘Book Of Love’, as well as outtakes for songs that didn’t make it to the album, an unreleased cover of the Fats Domino classic ‘Blue Monday’, as well as the rare, extended mix for ‘Gypsy’ that was used in the music video.

To celebrate the re-release of Mirage and, just for fun, we thought we’d dig through the archives and present 10 things you didn’t know about Fleetwood Mac...

 

There have been 16 different members of Fleetwood Mac…

The only one left standing? That would be drummer Mick Fleetwood.

 

And 17 different line-ups…

The initial line-up consisted of Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning as well as Fleetwood. It lasted less than a year, before John McVie, who is still in the band today, replaced Brunning.

 

The classic line-up was the 10th…

Most people know a Fleetwood Mac with Fleetwood, McVie, his ex-wife Christine, guitarist Lindsay Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks. That line-up came together in 1974 and lasted for 13 years.

 

They lost one member to a religious cult…

Jeremy Spencer, one of the original members, stayed in the band until 1971 when he went missing before the band’s show at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. Several days of searching later the band found that he had joined the religious group the Children of God and he declared that he no longer wanted to be involved with Fleetwood Mac.

 

Their manager once sent a fake Fleetwood Mac out on the road…

In 1974, with the band in turmoil after it was discovered that then guitarist Bob Weston was having an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife Jenny, the band's manager, Clifford Davis, then claimed that he owned the name Fleetwood Mac and recruited members of a band called Legs to tour as Fleetwood Mac in order to fulfil contractual obligations. He was fired as their manager soon afterwards.

 

‘The Chain’ is the only song written by all five members of the band’s classic line-up...

Normally the band’s albums are a combination of songs written by Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, sometimes together, sometimes in assorted pairs, but seldom as a fivesome. ‘The Chain’, which frequently gets voted as the best bassline of all-time, is only one.

 

Singer Stevie Nicks has a permanent reminder of her excessive habits...

After the success of Rumours, Nicks and the other members all went through their struggles with substance abuse, but no one quite has the same reminder as Nicks does. Her excessive cocaine use has left her with a hole in her nose the size of a ten pence piece.

 

Rumours only spent one week at Number One in the UK…

It might have spent 31 weeks at Number One across the pond, but in the UK it only managed a single week at the top in the UK.

 

But it has gone on to sell over 40 million copies…

It is the eighth biggest selling album of all time and still sells thousands of copies every single year.

 

Mirage’s ‘Gypsy’ was inspired by extreme poverty...

‘Gypsy’, the hit single from Mirage, was inspired by Stevie Nicks’ memories of her early days in a relationship with Lindsay Buckingham. When the duo were first together they couldn't afford a bed frame, so they slept on a single mattress, a mattress she would decorate with lace and paper. As she puts it in the song, “Back to the floor that I love. To a room with some lace and paper flowers. Back to the gypsy that I was to the gypsy that I was.”

 


Fleetwood Mac release a new expanded edition of Mirage today. Click here for more details and to order it from hmv’s online store.

Mirage (Deluxe)
Mirage (Deluxe) Fleetwood Mac

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