Friday, May 29, 2009
The band's relations steadily grew strained as Fritz Raybyne Memorial had yet to score a record deal and the male members of the band grew to dislike the amount of attention Stevie was receiving. The "guys didn't take me seriously at all. I was just a girl singer and they hated the fact that I got a lot of the credit... There was always just really weird things going on between us. I could never figure out why I stayed in that band." The band broke up in 1971 but Stevie and Lindsey Buckingham stayed both professionally and romantically together, moving to LA together and landing a record deal with Polydor in 1973. Together they made the famously topless Buckingham Nicks album, which despite promise, was a commercial failure. After that Lindsey and Stevie fell on hard financial times. Stevie took a job as a waitress to make ends meet after her parents cut her off after dropping out of college.
In 1975, Mick Fleetwood invited Lindsey and Stevie to join Fleetwood Mac after he heard the song "Frozen Love" off of their Buckingham Nicks album. Initally, Mick only wanted Lindsey for the band until Buckingham told him, "we're a packaged deal." After joining the band, Stevie went out and bought every single one of Fleetwood Mac's albums up to that point and "listened to all of them to try and figure out if I could capture any theme or anything. And what I came up with was the word mystical. There is something mystical that went all the way...through all of them." After joining the band, Stevie took to playing the tambourine because she thought she needed to be doing something onstage during songs she wasn't singing.
The first album after Lindsey and Stevie joined the band, called "Fleetwood Mac," was released in 1975 and became a number one album (for thirty weeks) and produced three Top 20 singles, including Stevie's song "Rhiannon." The band's next album, "Rumours," featured Stevie's song "Dreams" which would become the band's only number one single, sold over 33 million copies. By the time 'Rumours' was released, Nick's relationship with Lindsey had essentially ended, yet neither wanted to leave the band, "[both] of us was way too proud and way too stubborn to walk away from it...We liked touring, we liked making money, and we liked being a band. It was just grit your teeth and bear it."
By 1981, Stevie had recorded her first solo album "Bella Donna" which hit number one and was the start of her very long and successful solo career. In 1998 she was inducted alongside Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stevie has a very unique look onstage, one that she honed in her early days in Fleetwood Mac with clothes designed Margi Kent. Stevie's classic look is a somewhat mystical gypsy rockstar witch. She wears long chiffon skirts, 6-7 inch platform suede knee-high or over-the-knee boots, shawls, lace, top hats, velvet capes, berets, plume feathers, and really long blonde hair. She considers he outfit on the cover of the album Rumours to be her 'uniform.'
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1. "Pretty in Pink"
Okay, so even though I've acccepted my life is not a John Hughes movie and I will never be as cool as Molly Ringwald, I will actively remember my prom like it was in "Pretty in Pink." Tons of drunk idiots, intense dancing, and even more intense dresses. Ignore dumbo Andy in the photo because she dumped the coolest guy in school (and best dresser) at prom to go hook up with tortured rich guy Blane. Like seriously, how could you dump this guy? I mean, he's wearing a lariat for goodness sakes!
2. "Ten Things I Hate About You"If only every girl could go to prom with Heath Ledger, who hired your absolute favorite band to perform, and could see your sister beat up the jerk who took your virginity. That would be awesome, right? This is one of my favorite teen movies in general, and the fact it has one of the best proms I've ever seen (on film) is icing on the cake.
3. "Prom Night"This was like one of the craziest movies I have ever seen (involving prom, that is). It makes the pig blood scene in "Carrie" look weak in comparison. Its a slasher flick/ promedy (prom flick -- I coined it) where this stalker ex-teacher shows up at prom and starts killing all these kids (including the prom queen! c'mon now, killer, show royalty some respect!) until he can finally get to the girl he was stalking all along. It was sort of campy, in a way that I wasn't sure if they were intending for it to be campy, but it was fun irregardless. Well, they always say prom is an evening to remember...
4. "She's All That"This prom was just such an inspiration to me. Apparently in their world, outcast girls will become bets and set up to go to prom with the most popular guy in school. Oh yeah, and Usher would be the deejay and every student would be a professionally trained dancer.
5. "Never Been Kissed"
So jealous am I of 'Josie Grossie', who got to flirt with Michael Vartan and attend a prom with one of the sickest themes I've ever heard of. Famous couples throughout the ages? Genius. Personal highlight? When the popular girls all show up in varying differations of Barbie. And when Leelee Sobieski shows up as DNA.