Music’s most hip are lining up to pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, says Ed Power
02 July 2013
Their greatest album was recorded in a blizzard of cocaine, champagne and heartache.
Thirty five years later, Fleetwood Mac are suddenly the name to drop in fashionable music circles. Tickets for this September’s brace of O2 dates sold out in a heartbeat; a ‘lavish’ – i.e. super-expensive – re-issue of their 1977 blockbuster record Rumours is basking in five-star reviews (you get the impression certain journalists would award six stars were that allowed).
So what, you cry. Fleetwood Mac have always been popular. Until Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Rumours was the biggest-selling LP of all time, some 40 million copies residing in record collections around the world. Well, yes. The difference is that today it isn’t merely nostalgia-happy oldies flocking to the band. ‘The group’s fastest growing fanbase is among the under 30s.
In trend-conscious alternative pop, in particular, people can’t get enough of Fleetwood Mac. Natasha Khan of Mercury-nominated outfit Bat For Lashes says her biggest hit, ‘Daniel’, was inspired by their 1987 soft-rock classic ‘Tango in the Night’.
Last year, cooler-than-thou names such as MGMT, Best Coast and Lykki Li lined up to pay tribute to ‘the Mac’ on a covers album. Continue reading