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  • Americans Hate Tingle/Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Weirdly went both ways on this in the pre-Buckingham/Nicks era. They hit it big in Britain with their first few albums, but barely registered in America. "Albatross" was a #1 hit in Britain, but only made the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in Billboard. Then after Peter Green left their popularity began waning in their home country, but they suddenly started getting an audience in America. Thanks to constant touring and airplay on college radio and album rock radio, their American sales gradually improved in the Bob Welch era (they were such a reliable favorite on the U.S. college circuit by 1974 that the in-house joke at Warner Brothers went that the revenues from the Mac paid WB's electric bills), with Heroes are Hard to Find cracking the Billboard Top 40. Which is why Mick Fleetwood knew he had to come up with a really good plan to replace Welch. Luckily, he did.
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Tusk confused a lot of people who wanted another slick pop-rock outing in the vein of Rumours, even if it was Vindicated by History as a classic of experimental pop. The fact that it was a double album made it even worse.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Rumours. Created by five people who had no sane reason to be in the same room with each other, writing lyrics about the break-ups and emotional trauma within the band itself. They crafted one of the best-selling and popular albums - filled with some of the bitterest out-of-love and beautiful falling-in-love songs - of all time.
    • Their second best-selling album Tango In The Night takes Fleetwood Mac's characteristic mellow pop-rock sound and mixes it with the high-tech 80's production (drum machines and synthesizers) perfectly. Highlights include the catchy as hell Christine McVie-penned songs "Little Lies", "Everywhere", and "Isn't It Midnight", the gorgeous "Seven Wonders" written by Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham's mysterious, yet absolutely badass "Big Love".
      • "Big Love" in particular had a 12-inch remix that turned a rather mellow rock song into a proto-house dance track. Sounds very uncharacteristic for Fleetwood Mac, but it was a huge hit on the Billboard dance charts and it remains one of the best 12-inch remixes to come out from the 80's.
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    • Many to choose from but "Rhiannon" and "Go Your Own Way" stand out. The live versions of both "Rhiannon" and "I'm So Afraid" also count.
    • "The Chain" as well.
    • The Dance is pretty damn awesome for being the reunion of the band's classic lineup. The last two songs on the album, "Tusk" and "Don't Stop" are accompanied by the USC Marching Band (who performed on the original studio version of "Tusk") and they are just glorious.
    • Tusk.
    • The version of Nicks' solo hit "Stand Back" from Live In Boston, Epic Instrumental Opener and all.
    • Any recent version of the Live at the Boston Tea Party album.
  • Bizarro Episode: Tusk was influenced by Punk Rock and New Wave Music, especially on Lindsey Buckingham's songs, to a degree never before or since.
  • Broken Base: Between the fans of the Peter Green/Jeremy Spencer-era blues band and those of the Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks-era pop band.
    • Also between fans of the Buckingham line-up and the fans of the current line-up.
  • Covered Up: "Black Magic Woman" (Santana's cover is arguably better-known than the Mac's original) and "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)". "Rhiannon" and "Landslide" have also been covered by various artists, but not as famously.
    • Santana's "Black Magic Woman" has almost certainly Covered Up the original in the US; the Mac version was more popular in the UK though, so it is more arguable there.
    • A lot the younger generation (those born in the 90's) seem to think "Landslide" is a Dixie Chicks song. And "Dreams" is a Corrs song.
    • Bob Welch's 1977 solo hit version of "Sentimental Lady" Covered Up the original Mac version from Bare Trees (though Welch removed a verse from the original). Since Fleetwood, Buckingham and Christine McVie all appeared on the 1977 version, it was still largely a Fleetwood Mac song anyway.
  • Crazy Awesome: Mick Fleetwood. He seems sane and coherent enough in interviews, but just watch any live performance for long enough, and there you have it. The man is a beast, and you can only love him for it.
    • Lindsey Buckingham as well. A very extroverted, energetic performer who throws himself into every performance, sometimes a Control Freak (or at least very meticulous in the studio) at one point certainly having a Hair-Trigger Temper when pushed to the edge. He is also a very talented, unique singer and songwriter who helped to produce and arrange the band's songs.
  • Dork Age: The period after Tango in the Night up until The Dance. The band lost 2 of its 3 songwriters (Lindsey left in 1987, followed by Stevie in 1991) and their two albums from this period, Behind the Mask and Time, were poorly received by critics and the public, with the latter not even charting on the Billboard 200 when just 2 albums before Tango in the Night had gone multi-platinum and scored multiple Top 20 Hits. Luckily the classic lineup's reunion in 1997 did a lot to restore interest in the band.
  • Ear Worm: Well I'm afraid of changing, 'cause I've built my life around you...
    • Don't... Stop...thinking about tomorrow!!!!
    • You can go your own way!!!!!
    • I can still hear you sayin' we would never break the chain!
    • Thunder only happens when it's rainin', players only love you when they're playin'
    • Why don't you ask me what's going on? Why don't you tell me who's on the phone?
      • TUSK!
    • Did she make you cry, make you break down, shatter your illusions of love?
    • Lookin' out for love/In the night so still/Oh, I'll build you a kingdom/In a house on the hill/Lookin' out for looooooove!!!/Big, big looooooove!!!
    • All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind/Would you stay if she promised you heaven? Will you ever win? (Rhiaaaaaaannon...)
    • Tell me lieeeees, tell me sweet little lies!
    • In the sea of love/Where everyone would love to drown...
  • Ending Fatigue: The second part of "Oh Well".
    • Though that's it's own piece, and Peter Green considers it the only important part of "Oh Well", even originally wanting it to be the first part.
  • Face of the Band: Peter Green from the original blues lineup. Stevie Nicks is the best-known member from their most successful pop/rock era. Mick Fleetwood is also one, simply because his height makes him easy to notice. It doesn't hurt that the band is partially named after him, either.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: If you listen closely in the beginning of the song "Tusk", just before the beat kicks in, you can hear someone asking "How are those tenders Johnny?". When Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Steel Ball Run introduced a Stand named after Tusk, take a wild guess what the user's first name was.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Little Lies" is this with gamers, calling it the "theme song" for Bethesda director Todd Howard as he is infamous for over-hyping his games with overstatements and trying to justify them by saying that "It just works."
  • Narm: Mick Fleetwood's vest solo, as seen during the Tango in the Night tour.
  • Narm Charm: "Sentimental Lady" from the Bare Trees album. Bob Welch's lyrics considered pure narm, but the song is just as frequently cited as one of the few bright spots of the first Dork Age. It's not unusual for both positions appear in the same review.
  • Protection from Editors: Tusk. Fans, critics and the band themselves consider it one of their best, however, which shows that Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Sequel Displacement: OK, which incarnation do you remember best: Peter Green, The Ones With the lineup chaos, or Nicks + Buckingham?
    • The Buckingham/Nicks lineup has an odd habit of putting out things with the same title as existing Fleetwood Mac releases:
      • 2 albums titled Fleetwood Mac
      • 2 albums titled Live in Boston
      • 2 songs titled Only You
      • 2 songs titled Angel
      • The 1968 album Fleetwood Mac has a song called "The World Keep On Turning", and later, a song called "World Turning" was released on the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac (The latter was definitely inspired by first somewhat, in this case)
  • Signature Song: Quite a few, including "Don't Stop", "Landslide", "Go Your Own Way", "Silver Springs", "Gypsy", "Everywhere", and "Little Lies".
  • Song Association: "Seven Wonders" is suddenly popular with samplers - Pictureplanes' "Goth Star" and Classix' "Hanging Gardens" feature the main riff prominently - and Nicks' "American Horror Story" appearance made a minor meme of the title.
    • Some people may have only ever heard of the song "Only Over You" due to it being sampled in Eccojams, on track A2.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: John Lennon was quite taken with "Albatross" and borrowed its chord progressions for "Don't Let Me Down" and "Sun King".
  • Tear Jerker: "Landslide". "Songbird". "Little Lies".
  • True Art Is Angsty: Their two-disc Greatest Hits collection 'The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac' has three songs recorded live, all of which are more or less Lindsey Buckingham solos with the rest of the group in the background. They're supposed to showcase his guitar-playing skills, but end up sounding incredibly different from the studio tracks on the rest of the album, as well as to their original versions. The three tracks (I'm So Afraid, Big Love & Go Insane, which actually is a Lindsey Buckingham song) are so full of angst they might as well be called Emo: The Early Years.
  • What an Idiot!: Playing Tusk in its entirety on radio the day before its release? Clever move, Warner Bros. We hope the executive who came up with this simply brilliant idea received swift promotion.
    • Although decades later, with the advent of digital media to store and play music, radio stations began to actually do this occasionally with album releases. So that executive may be Vindicated by History, making the Tusk incident Hilarious in Hindsight.


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