Tolerance: Luci Shaw

Tusk & Cigar Smoking Women

TuskI regret to say that I was always dismissive of the popularity of Fleetwood Mac.  I think it was due to my contrarian tendency.  If everyone liked them, they must be no good, right?  Sure, there was some respect for the talent of Lindsey Buckingham, but was pop-goddess Stevie Nicks really that great?  Maybe I refused to listen because there was a girl I knew in college who was a huge fan; if she likedthe band, their music must be drivel was all I could figure.  I was wrong.  I said I was wrong.  At least I was wrong in respect to one record, Tusk.

Released in 1979 at the height of the band's commercial success, Tusk was a twenty track double-disk set of adventurous, unexpected, creative music.  They didn't follow the formula but took a risk.  There are all kinds of influences, from the pop of "Think About Me" to the African drums and horns and whatever else-the-heck-is-going-on-in-the-mix of "Tusk."  It's exciting to hear the different sounds and experimentation going on.  So, while I doubt I'll pick up anything else by the band, this is one I'm glad I bought (particularly in the remastered version with a full disc of bonus tracks).

That gal in college that was hip to Fleetwood Mac absolutely hated TuskThat should have been a clue for me.  I should have bought it then.  But then, she smoked cigars and graduated only to go on to drive big rigs for a living.  She's probably out there now, sitting in her rig listening to Rumours.  She can have it.  Give me Tusk.