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Rolling Stone
Dec 7, 2000
100 Greatest Pop Songs
Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
Album: Rumours
Release Date: February 1977
Peak Chart Position: No. 10 (fifteen weeks on the chart)
Songwriter: Lindsey Buckingham
Producers: Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, Fleetwood Mac

"Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album, 'Rumours', was like one big 'Behind the Music' - a stunning song cycle that gained added resonance due to the real-life soap opera among the band members. While recording the album, both of the band's couples - singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and bassist John McVie and singer-keyboardist Christina McVie - split up. 'Go Your Own Way' was the first single, and rarely has a kiss-off sounded so gorgeous. 'We were out on the road doing colleges,' remembers Buckingham, 'opening for a lot of people, and I was paying my dues. The spark for the song was that Stevie and I were crumbling, and I'm sure I was at a Holiday Inn somewhere, sitting in the room with the guitar, addressing what was going on. It was totally autobiographical. I remember very clearly that when Stevie first heard the lyric she objected quite vehemently to the brutal honesty of it, or what she thought was exaggeration, but to my mind it wasn't.' Lines like 'Packing up/Shacking up is all you wanna do' must have stung. Still, possibly easing the pain, 'Rumours' went to Number One - and stayed there for thirty-one weeks. Despite the harsh back story, Buckingham remains proud of the song, and says even Nicks has since acknowledged its power, however raw. 'It's funny how now we're able to backtrack a little more,' says Buckingham, 'and maybe acknowledge we accomplished something amid all that stuff.'"

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