Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday is a day of rest

It's Sunday so maybe it's time to take a brief rest from politics. Dave Bernstein over at Volokh Conspiracy does Sunday song lyrics while, locally, we often get Saturday evening performances from Michael Mathias and others.

Being an old guy, I think I'll blog on old rock bands. I start with the latter day Fleetwood Mac. They were sort of made for the 70s. The members of the band had, at one time or the other, paired off romantically in just about every binary heterosexual combination imaginable. Their body of work was uneven. When they drew on the original Fleetwood Mac (a very different 60s blues band that spun off from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and was fronted by Peter Green and included Mick Fleetwood and, eventually, John and Christine McVie), they could be quite good, but they also tended to schmaltz.

The band had three front persons but, ultimately, it was always about Stevie who wrote the most interesting songs and whose over the top gypsy witch persona was the most entertaining (although I think I sort of liked Christine McVie, the English keyboard player, on sort of Ginger/Mary Ann grounds). I offer, for your Sunday edification, a live version of "Sisters of the Moon", one of the better, if not so well known, Mac songs. It's also a great Me Decade song, being largely a lament by Stevie over how hard it is to be her. Note the rather large hair (this was actually filmed in the early 80s) and singing in tongues at the end.

5 comments:

Mike Plaisted said...

Stevie Nicks is a dip. Christie McVie rocks, with a low sensual growl and better songs. I'll take "Say You Love Me" over anything in the Nicks/Buckingham oeurve. "Have mercy, baby/On a poor girl like me." Gender-bending notwithstanding, it sounds like my theme song, don't it?

jimi5150 said...

Stevie Nicks. The most famous female rock singer who couldn't sing. Her voice was like nails on a chalkboard. Much prefer Christie's voice and music.

Rick Esenberg said...

I get no love around here.

hsgbdmama said...

I like Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks -- although she is better now that she is off the drugs and quit smoking (her voice has gotten better and stronger again in the past 10 years).

My other favorite song of hers is Gold Dust Woman, and I think that her singing it now is more powerful than when she sung it in the 70s.

:)

MU SNC said...

Rick - someone told me that the '60s Blues FLEETWOOD MAC played at Marquette Univ. in the early '70s. ??? Anyway you can check on that? A friend said he remembered reading something like that on a Fleetwood Mac forum or something...

Maybe I'll check early '70s MU yearbooks.