Thirty years of Rumours

February 4th, 2007

It was thirty years ago today that Fleetwood Mac released Rumours. Can it really have been three decades? It seems like only yesterday that Jerry and I were standing around at some party, listening to Rumours and gazing at the image of Stevie Nicks on the back cover. It was a good album for good times.


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3 Responses to “Thirty years of Rumours”

  1. Jerry Says:

    What Jim isn’t mentioning is that he was my baby sitter.

    Seriously, Rumours was the first album (we called them albums back then) that I owned where it seemed like every song had been on the radio. This was pre-Thriller, deep-track FM was still around, and it didn’t seem like corporate strategy at the time (we were naive). This was also one of the first albums where my sister, 8 years older, was just as into it as I was; previously, I more or less followed her musical tastes (Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Wings, and Chicago. Period.)

    Rumours was also safe haven from that thing called disco, and until The Eagles’ “The Disco Strangler” came along and made good on the promise, Fleetwood Mac’s best album was a rare thing in a terrible musical half-decade. Sure, there was punk, but at the time, it was more of an East Coast and English thing; certainly, nothing that got played in Huntsville, Alabama. All through middle school I was cursing my bad luck to have been born at a time where my dancing-with-girls-for-the-first-time era would coincide with having to do the hustle. Thankfully, there were islands of good music along the way, and popular music became real again in our high school years.

    Interestingly, Marge as Stevie Nicks has not had the negative effect that I assumed it would.

  2. Leigh Ann Says:

    Ah, I remember well the crush you had on Stevie!! By the way, do you still have THAT Farrah poster?

  3. Robert Nagle Says:

    I was a big fan of Rumours, but looking back, it didn’t seem particularly remarkable. It hasn’t aged well; it seems awfully mainstream. Side 1 had the hits, but Side 2 actually had the wacky stuff. (Yes, you’re getting old if you know the songs on Side 1 and Side 2).

    I won’t deny I listened to this album a million times. But from the standpoint of 2006, disco music seemed a lot more daring than easy pop like this.