Monday, October 20, 2008

Great Day

Song: Great Day
Artist: Lindsay Buckingham
Album: Gift of Screws

I was in a discussion a while back with a group of big time music fans and the question was asked which band was the quintessential, or best, American rock band. Amazingly, as we all thought about the best bands that have existed you soon realize… like NONE of them are American. Zeppelin, the Who, U2, Stones, Beatles… all not Americans. And comparatively, the American bands you start to think of… don’t really come close to those titans. Aerosmith? The Grateful Dead?

After much thought I came up with a controversial choice… Fleetwood Mac. They have one of the best selling albums of all time (“Rumors”) and have released moderately successful albums throughout every decade. Disagree? Who would you name?

A true American eccentric, Lindsay Buckingham was (and is) none the less part of one of the most important American rock and roll bands of the 70’s and 80’s. His solo work has been spotty, but he’s a guy that follows his muse. I never heard 2006’s “Under the Skin” but apparently the tracks from that album, “Gift of Screws,” and the last Fleetwood Mac album “Say You Will” all come from the same period.

Buckingham was all over my favorite Mac album, “Tusk” so I am hip to his brand of off kilter songwriting. There isn’t anything on this album that reached the highs of that album, but for fans of his it’s totally worth a listen. And if you don’t really know ANY of his solo work… he’s the guy that wrote and performed this.


1 comment:

Lisa Skye said...

I agree!!! LOVE LB and Fleetwood Mac - one of the best shows I've seen...