The Mountain Goats Goths Merge Records Some 20+ years ago John Darnielle bashes out an ugly/beautiful rendition of Steely Dan’s FM – taking off its sheen, reducing it down to urgent, thrashed chords. He punks up something formerly slick. It’s a wonderful trick – and part of the blueprint of the early sound of The […]
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie Atlantic/Rhino Records Add another chapter to best (and ongoing) rock’n’roll soap opera that is the versions and vestiges of Fleetwood Mac. This time it’s a duo/duets album between Buckingham and McVie.
Many years back – a decade ago at least, I reckon, the editor of the then-Real Groove magazine asked me to compile a list of five favourite cover versions; he never ended up using it but wrote back to tell me he thought my list was weird but cool. I liked that. You hardly ever […]
You never even used to see this guy considered for The Best Guitarist lists…and, actually, maybe you still don’t, come to think of it…but I reckon something changed when the core version of Fleetwood Mac, the classic FM-music version of the group, reformed for Bill Clinton’s inauguration and started a victory-lap tour of sorts. (One […]
I have been obsessed with Fleetwood Mac – all versions of the band – since I was about 10 years old. People like to focus on the early blues years now, a different band entirely. But I still love the FM-radio version of Fleetwood Mac. As the documentary Fleetwood Mac at 21 puts it, “they […]