a-two, a-three, a-four…

i guess when you’re sick, sometimes good things come to you. when i was a kid it was watching a movie or reading a book that would probably make me wince now but usually seemed like the perfect setting for my sickness. this time it’s something a bit different: the live lindsey buckingham video i mentioned HERE that was pulled from youtube after being up there for a year or so.

i did some fruitless searching on the internet last night, hoping i’d get lucky and someone would have made it available somewhere. couldn’t find much of anything until i rearranged a few words, and then there it was, stashed in a secret place.

so here it is, for any fleetwood mac/lindsey buckingham fans.

linds is obviously a little wired on the kind of coke you don’t drink out of a can, or some other such substance, and his voice hits a few sharp notes, but i still say this is the best version of “trouble” there ever was. the rough edges just make it deeper and better. check out the three-part harmonies behind him, the little guitar fills he throws in between lines, and the way he bounces his head back and forth while playing the two solos, looking kind of sinister. i’m not sure why i like that last guitar solo so much, but i do.

and i like the edge here. it feels like there’s something unhinged swimming beneath the surface of a nice pop song, where on the album it’s just a nice pop song. the video/sound quality is decent, and it looks like it was probably ripped from a videotape that was recorded right around the time i would have seen it on TV myself, given the comedy central tag at the top right of the screen.

crazy to think there was a time people with actual talent performed on saturday night live and the performance was live, warts and all. then again, these days it’s almost better when someone like ashlee simpson just mimes the song, because when she sings live you realize why pitch correction software was invented. at least people had the good sense to boo her when she gave an abysmal performance at the super bowl or whatever it was a few years back. so there’s that.

4 comments

  1. Hi Johnny, although I can’t say I’ve ever listened closely to fleetwood mac or knew who lindsey buckingham was before reading your blog entries (I skipped almost all music between 1975 and 1992), that video was fascinating to watch. Something about it even made me wonder what Tim Buckley would have been doing if he was alive in ’82. Something very unhinged I imagine!

  2. man…that would have been something to see. what would tim have made of the 1980s? i imagine he might have flirted with some of the production touches of the day and made an album or two that didn’t sit with his best work (sort of the 80s equivalent of “look at the fool”, which i still can’t get through aside from a few songs), but then he probably would have snapped out of it and went off to do something completely uncommercial that wasn’t tied down to any time, record company be damned. he covered so much musical ground in such a short period of time, it’s tantalizing to think of what else he might have done, had he lived longer. i’d give one of my kidneys to hear more music from the “starsailor” period. well, maybe i wouldn’t go that far…maybe i’d choose to part with my appendix instead, since they say you don’t really need those anyway.

    it’s not the same thing as skipping whole blocks of music, but before my accidental musical re-education, i used to write things off pretty quickly if the songs didn’t have keyboards of some kind in them. can you imagine?! shows how closed-minded i was. i didn’t even hear how good the songs might have been. i just thought, “no piano or synthesizer? how disappointing! well, i won’t be listening to this.” if someone had played me an album by tim then, it probably would have terrified me. but years later, some of those things i tossed aside because they weren’t dominated by keyboards turned out to be some of my favourite albums.

  3. I did just the opposite – avoided everything that had any sythesized sounds at all. Good job I got over that or my listening range would still be limited to a handful of folk albums from the late 60s – early 70s.

    I don’t even think Look At The Fool is that bad – compared to Sefronia I think it’s actually pretty listenable, with only a few songs making me wince. But then again after listening to those two and then hearing Greetings From LA it is hard to reconcile the difference since I think Greetings does what he seems to be trying to do on the later two, but so much better.

  4. I love that Billy Burnette (wearing the black cowboy shirt) is in this, as he was one of the two guys they picked to replace Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac

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