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 seemed like the perfect setting for my childhood illness. This time it’s something a bit different: the live Lindsey Buckingham video I mentioned HERE that was pulled from YouTube not long after it surfaced.
I did some fruitless searching on the internet last night, hoping I’d get lucky and find it hidden away somewhere. Couldn’t find much of anything until I rearranged a few words, and then there it was, stashed in a secret place. Figuring out how to download it was tricky, but I found a way.
So here it is, for any Fleetwood Mac/Lindsey Buckingham fans who might be interested.
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 to her 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.
(I felt bad for her when I saw that. You never want to see someone fall flat on their face on such a large stage when they don’t seem to be an awful human being. But man…that performance was not good. Not good at all. And the crowd let her know it.)