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Rolling Stone

December 25, 1997

The '70s revival has gone on longer than the '70s did, but Fleetwood Mac's surprisingly popular return proved that yesterday isn't gone quite yet. The Mac are a truly totemic rock presence, and their best songs have hung around the radio long enough to take on lives of their own: "Don't Stop" reminds you of Clinton, "Gold Dust Woman" reminds you of Courtney, and "Second Hand News' reminds you of Hanson, who borrowed its chorus for "MMMBop," although they weren't even born in time for "Tusk." When Fleetwood Mac came back to reclaim their legacy, they weren't just on a harmless nostalgia trip: They put a spotlight on the bruised soul of the decade and on the broken hearts of those who lived through it. Their MTV reunion special was high-grade rock soap opera: Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham exchanged cold stares during "The Chain," Christine McVie perched regally at the piano, Mick Fleetwood made funny faces, and John McVie - well, he looked as if he'd shown up for a barbecue and been surprised to find a concert going on instead. It sure beat the hell out of the "Dallas" reunion. "The Dance" hit an unexpected nerve with fans and radio stations; no '70s band suffered for its sins as spectacularly as the Mac, and their battle-weary return was shockingly poignant. The same pathos appeared on the movie screen, in two films revisiting two very different kinds of '70s decadence. "Boogie Nights" was a sad tour through the Me Decade porn scene, with a star-making turn from Mark Wahlberg and his prosthetically enhanced Funky Bunch. "The Ice Storm" wallowed in a suburban hell of passionless swinging - the grown-ups tried to act hip while their kids just snickered at them. The '70s we saw this year were a time of pain, betrayal, commitment and loss. Fleetwood Mac captured the decade's spirit simply by showing us their scars and letting the landslide roll on.

Next to the above article are side-by-side pictures of Stevie and Gwen Stefani (both standing on stage and singing) and these words Then & Now:

FLEETWOOD MAC '70s California folk-rock superstars; big hit: "Don't Stop"; blond singer Stevie Nicks epitomized the era with her witchy-woman style; sang about their traumatic breakups with one another and glared at one another on recent MTV reunion special.

NO DOUBT '90s California ska-punk superstars; big hit: "Don't Speak"; blond singer Gwen Stefani epitomizes the era with her skate-girl style; most of Stefani's songs are about her traumic breakup with the bassist, and she illustrates her bitter lyrics by glaring at him in videos.

Thanks to Sylvia Priwo for sending this article to The Nicks Fix.
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