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Fleetwood Mac's 1987 "second comeback" album Tango in the Night

Eldergays who experienced that year and gaylings who are just discovering Fleetwood Mac gratify me with your thoughts on Fleetwood Mac's Tango in the Night . It's their second highest selling album after Rumours and surprisingly it went 8x platinum in the UK. Critics have since called the album balearic, or reminiscent of club music scene in Ibiza. The sound oscillates between the thumping jungle gallop of "Big Love" and the cotton candy ear candy of "Everywhere". The album art is reminiscent of a lush Henri Rousseau painting and if the 'rumours' are true, stevie nicks barely appears on the album. replaced by a fairlight synthesizer and clever studio tricks.

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by Anonymousreply 8705/03/2021

There’s a thread about this album already

by Anonymousreply 101/30/2021

Shocked by the the love for this album. Its the pits.

I do like Lindsey's stuff, somewhat.

HATE EVERYWHERE. Love that Midnight song.

Overall, its a massive bust.

by Anonymousreply 201/30/2021

Love it!

LITTLE LIES is my all time fave.

by Anonymousreply 301/30/2021

R3- Yuck. That song sucks. It is Sears background music.

by Anonymousreply 401/30/2021

It's sounds like the album Roxy Music music recorded but threw in the trash.

by Anonymousreply 501/30/2021

Just was hit with a flashback! I was 10!

My uncle wanted two albums for his birthday. Fucking Tango In The Night and INXS.

Does his sound right?

I despise Tango as I said above. Its cold, dated, and lame. Shocked that it actually was successful- especially in 87/88 when hard rock was at its pinnacle- G&R, Motley Crue...... Tango sounds LAME.

by Anonymousreply 601/30/2021

Fun fact: Tango was the band's code word for cocaine.

by Anonymousreply 701/30/2021

And Mirage sounds modern, vs. Tango.

And Stevie's SONGS and VOICE were DEAD as my GRAM.

by Anonymousreply 801/30/2021

Stevie looked so hot in the videos during this period. She had a glow about her, and she was perfecting the vacant, come hither to look like a model would.

by Anonymousreply 901/30/2021

I love “BigLove.”

by Anonymousreply 1001/30/2021

R9- FUCK YOU. She was bloated and fat and on Klonopin.

You like dumpy chicks?

Oh my god. Digusting.

Stevie in 1987???

by Anonymousreply 1101/30/2021

Big Love and Isn't It Midnight (and I gag, as I despise Christine) were the ONLY songs on this album worth anything.

I cannot get over the "Stevie looked hot in 87" dude above. I am appalled.

by Anonymousreply 1201/30/2021

And Stevie was at her BLEATING GOAT VOICE NADIR on this album.

God bless her getting vocal coach in 1997.

Fucking hate her material on this dated album.

Emmeline can eat me. Her songs are hogwash.

by Anonymousreply 1301/30/2021

I thought Tango only was triple platinum in the US? It could not have sold more than the white Fleetwood Mac album which was 5x platinum.

by Anonymousreply 1401/30/2021

I love love LOVE “Tusk”.

by Anonymousreply 1501/30/2021

NOW, we can talk. Tusk is a MASTERPIECE.

Nothing like a HUGE band taking a fucking chance.

A masterpiece. Better than Rumour too.

Love Mirage as well. Fuck Tango. Hate. Hate. Hate.

by Anonymousreply 1601/30/2021

R16, thanks for not assassinating me for that comment. It was just so bizarre that it worked. Of course, I’ll love anything with brass in it.

by Anonymousreply 1701/30/2021

R11, R13, R16 = Lindsay Buckingham.

Tusk is a bloated, self indulgent mess. You can practically sniff the coke off of the album cover.

by Anonymousreply 1801/30/2021

Think About Me is Christine's best song imo. One of Lindsay's best arrangements for her. Love nearly all of Tusk.

by Anonymousreply 1901/30/2021

And a marching band for the title track? How very Up With People, Lawrence Welk.

Jimmy Iovine should have produced Tango, the songs would have been much better. Richard Dashut and Ken Calliat were responsible for making Rumours what it was. Lindsay's always been a self important pop hack.

by Anonymousreply 2001/30/2021

Tango in the Night is a terrible, terrible album.

I was 16 when it came out and loved Fleetwood Mac. I bought this cassette and listened to it while my mother was in the supermarket. I vividly remember being bitterly disappointed with the whole thing. First time I ever felt “wow, I really wasted my money on this”

by Anonymousreply 2101/30/2021

R20 Stevie's solo albums suck. Indie kids like Tusk. Bella Donna is music for cheesy K Mart shoppers. It's corny country rock for middle American women. Go listen to Motley Crue is you like that shitty 80s production. Ken Caillat is a glorified studio engineer. Buckingham and Dashut did all the production. Even Mick admits this.

by Anonymousreply 2201/30/2021

R20 has no clue what they're talking about. Lindsey taught Dashut a lot about producing, having been longer in the game. Dashut met Lindsey and Stevie while he was working as a studio engineer and showed him how to use his home studio when they (Lindsey, Stevie, Richard) were all living together. Lindsey had been working at Sound City for over a year before Richard even showed up. The reason Lindsey doesn't have a production credit on Rumours is because Mick didn't want him to have one, because having an entire band credit meant more money for Mick. That's also why he get a paltry "special thanks to Lindsey Buckingham" on Tusk. Lindsey also arranged all the songs before anyone else got their hands on the demos. Dos R20 really think Stevie wrote every not in eg. Landslide? These are her piano skills:

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by Anonymousreply 2301/30/2021

I did not like this album when it came out, yet oddly I have grown very fond of it over the years. Well, I’ve grown fond of Lindsey and Christine’s songs; Stevie’s contributions continue to be atrocious. There’s something interesting to me in listening to the demos and then following them to the final product, and that’s really how my opinion of Tango got turned around. There is a lot of warmth in the original versions of these songs that is disguised by the album’s production. I find the interplay between those two elements fascinating for some reason.

One of my all time favorite Fleetwood Mac songs is “Ricky,” the B-side to the “Little Lies,” single. Years ago I asked Richard Dashut if that song was about him or a nod to him, and he would neither confirm nor deny. In any case, I think you can really hear the warm-cold, push-pull thing on that track.

I also love the unreleased “You and I Part 1.” I will never understand why they put Part 2 on the album when 1 is so superior.

by Anonymousreply 2401/30/2021

And yet Stevie can still sell out arenas. And Stevie is the only member to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

Lindsay "the unsung genius" plays house BBQ's.

by Anonymousreply 2501/30/2021

Stevie’s ability to sell out arenas has no bearing on her shitty Tango songs.

by Anonymousreply 2601/30/2021

FUCK TANGO IN THE NIGHT. I am not even bothering to see where I posted above. Just trolldar me.

HORRIBLE AND DATED ALBUM. Pure and utter BULLSHIT. I sold appliances at Sears in 1996, and that album WAS THE SOUNDTRACK.

Fuck Stevie. Former huge fan- NO MORE. She is an egomaniac.

Tusk is a masterwork. Stevie's work. Lindsey's, and Christine's. It's stunning.

And I stand by this - Mirage is awesome as well!

Tango- Trash of the 80's. It's DOA.

And Stevie is at her lowest on this album. And check out the live concerts on Youtube!

Both Tango and Behind The Mask should be TRASHED.

However, I still like Stevie's "Ooh My Love".

by Anonymousreply 2701/30/2021

R24 I don't like Seven Wonders but 'Welcome to the Room....Sara' works fine if you remove Stevie's vocals. Family Man also works better as an instrumental track. Stevie sounds like she has emphysema and marbles in her mouth and I never liked Buckingham's scream-shout-singing that he adopted after discovering The Talking Heads. It never worked because he has an androgynous voice to begin with so his yelping comes off I don't know, bratty? He's a mid-high tenor similar in timbre to Christine McVie, who is a contralto. He downright sounds like a choirboy singing in Crystal from the S/T. For these reasons Christine McVie is the MVP of Tango for me.

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by Anonymousreply 2801/30/2021

R25 the rock and roll hall of fame is a sham institution. Popularity doesn't mean shit in the long run. Are you really going to argue that Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi are better than Kate Bush? Kate Bush makes Stevie look like uneducated trailer trash in comparison btw.

by Anonymousreply 2901/30/2021


I DO like Welcome To The Room, Sara.....

Forgot that in my hatred for this album.

by Anonymousreply 3001/30/2021

R29 RULES. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 3101/30/2021

Stevie's popularity is largely unrelated to her talent or musical output from the last 40 years. She's a meme who has been dining on Rumours, Edge of 17, and her witch persona for longer than I have been alive. That said, her Tusk songs are the high point of her creativity. The drop in quality from her Tusk songs to her Bella Donna songs is immense. 'Sara' is a master work of lyricism, singing, arrangement, and production. Edge of 17 sounds like Eye of the Tiger, the lyrics are stupid as fuck, and she sounds like a goat. That more people listen to and enjoy Edge of 17 over 'Sara' is an indictment of a lazy, stupid corn fed American public.

I really don't understand how people can rate her songs/tracks with Fleetwood Mac and her solo tracks in the same footing. There is a difference in quality that rings as clear as a bell in the night (pun intended).

by Anonymousreply 3201/30/2021

Yeah, but you gals went nuts when "Seven Wonders" and Stevie featured in "American Horror Story: Coven." They even incorporated that moderate chart hit into the last Fleetwood Mac tour setlist. Every Fleetwood Mac album with this five person line-up had its own distinct moments and magic.

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by Anonymousreply 3301/30/2021

R33 You can't go wrong with an Arthur Baker remix from the '80s.

by Anonymousreply 3401/30/2021

I can attest that this was not Stevie's best year.

by Anonymousreply 3501/30/2021

I like how Stevie was fat for a hot minute and her stylist squeezed her into a tight corset made of black upholstery fabric and a jacket with huge puffy sleeves. Momma looked like she could not breathe.

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by Anonymousreply 3601/30/2021

By 1992 Mick had somehow become the second best looking member of Fleetwood Mac and Lady Buckingham fulfilled her dream of being the prettiest girl in Fleetwood Mac. Stevie was in third place here but she would reclaim the top spot by the Dance much to Miss Lindsey's chagrin. Poor Christine never cracked the top 3, ever.

by Anonymousreply 3701/30/2021

Buckingham was so fucking sexy during Tango In The Night...

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by Anonymousreply 3901/30/2021

Loved it! First year in grad school and in Los Angeles. It's strange that at the time I thought it was an old album. This was probably the last album that I appreciated the old time FM sound. I loved the videos, too. They don't make music like this anymore. It's all gone to shit these days. So, kindly f**k off to the nay-sayers.

by Anonymousreply 4001/31/2021

R49 they don't make music like this anymore because making music that sounds like this is incredibly tedious. A lot of what people think are synths is actually layer upon layer sped up guitar.

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by Anonymousreply 4101/31/2021

Stevie looked like Honey Boo Boo in 1992.

by Anonymousreply 4201/31/2021

R38 noooo his hair looks dumb as shit there. He looks like Eraserhead. Honestly after he shaved the beard he looked like a teenage girl. The eyeliner certainly didn't help. The 80s were not kind to Fleetwood Mac.

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by Anonymousreply 4301/31/2021

R20 The marching band was Mick Fleetwood's idea.

by Anonymousreply 4402/01/2021

Fleetwood Mac concerts are hagfests.

by Anonymousreply 4502/01/2021

OP here. YES I am going to make a Tusk thread next Friday. So prepare your butts.

by Anonymousreply 4602/01/2021


[quote]Lawrence Welk

Try drinking a warm glass of milk before bed. It will make you less cranky, grandad

by Anonymousreply 4702/02/2021

R43, I love 1980-1981 Lindsey and his glossy curls (before he chopped them off in the shower with manicure scissors) 😂

by Anonymousreply 4802/04/2021

Do we have a Fleetwood Mac Troll now? Fleetwood Mac was done when Tango came out and they are even more done now.

by Anonymousreply 4902/04/2021

R49 Fleetwood Mac is the gayest rock band of all time. It's no surprise these discussions take off.

by Anonymousreply 5002/04/2021

Have a water damage repair guy on speed dial for when R50 ‘s suggestion goes terribly wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5102/06/2021

And also the most OVERRATED, next to The Eagles- R50.

Fuck these Boomer greedy egomaniacal scumbags.

by Anonymousreply 5202/06/2021

R52. I agree. They need to go away. Being in a rock band over 50 is cringe.

by Anonymousreply 5302/06/2021

Amen brother. Or sister!

They are the worst of the worst, as human beings.

Done with those 2 bands.

by Anonymousreply 5402/06/2021

I'm listening to this album right now! Rumours is my favorite album of theirs, but I forgot how great this one is, too.

by Anonymousreply 5502/06/2021

"NOW, we can talk. Tusk is a MASTERPIECE. Nothing like a HUGE band taking a fucking chance."

I agree. I think Tusk is a masterpiece, too. If you read the book Storms, though, you'll see that it was Lindsey, not the band, who wanted to take such a a big risk with their follow-up to Rumours. They were NOT happy with the direction Lindsey was going in when they were recording Tusk. The rest of the band would have been very happy to go ahead and record a Rumours 2 instead.

by Anonymousreply 5602/06/2021

Pony dance

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by Anonymousreply 5702/06/2021

I love Welcome to the Room Sara

by Anonymousreply 5802/06/2021

When Jimmy Iovine was on Stern, Stern asked him what working with Stevie Nicks was like. He looked shell shocked and just sighed "Lindsey Buckingham is a genius". So no, Jimmy Iovine should not have produced Tango in the Night.

by Anonymousreply 5902/08/2021

I was depressed with how awful this album was. I spent my allowance on this album. Fleetwood Mac was the soundtrack of my childhood, my older sister LOVED Stevie Nicks, we listened to Rumours, Mirage and Tusk on repeat. I listened to the cassette ONCE. It was too studio, too slick. I don't hate some of the songs as much as I did then and have gotten to the point of tolerance, I would furiously change the radio station when any of those songs came on in the 80's. So awful. I haven't listened to any of their new stuff. And, as a producer, I like Jimmy Iovine normally but this album blows.

by Anonymousreply 6002/08/2021

Is someone getting paid for all these Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Knicks threads, they seem so prevalent and omnipresent to just be some random obsessed stans, Someone’s making money off this right?

by Anonymousreply 6102/08/2021

R61 Who is Stevie Knicks? I only know who Stevie Nicks is.

by Anonymousreply 6202/08/2021

Stevie Knicks is the New York version of our Stevie.

by Anonymousreply 6302/08/2021

Tango in the Night is the best track on the album, imo.

by Anonymousreply 6402/08/2021

R64 Agree. It's often overlooked for the singles. It sound exactly like the album cover looks, if that makes any sense.

by Anonymousreply 6502/08/2021

The Tango tour introduced the world to Mick Fleetwood's iconic 'Percussion Vest'.

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by Anonymousreply 6602/13/2021

I fucking hate this album overall but forgot that were actually two songs that I liked-

Caroline and Tango In The Night.

I was around 10 when this came out and I remember thinking how DATED it sounded in 1987. It was the ushering in of hard rock like G&R and also bands like INXS and U2 were at their zenith.

This album sounded so weird to me then, and it still does.

by Anonymousreply 6702/13/2021

R67 I think it has stood up better than most of GnR's catalog, but I can see how it sounded dated in 1987. It helps that the pre programmed synth sound was kept to a bare minimum.

by Anonymousreply 6802/13/2021

The title (Tango in the Night) always sounded cheesy to me. ("It was a dark and stormy night ...") Little Lies and Everywhere are horrible songs.

by Anonymousreply 6902/13/2021

R69- Agree on LL and Everywhere. Garbage. No hook either. Shocked at their success with those singles. Straight up Sears Background Music.

I still like Tango in The Night and Caroline.

And I am sad when I hear about the sincere effort Lindsay and the producers put into this album. (I think there was an awesome article linked somewhere above)

You would never know how experimental and labor intensive this album was by listening to it.

by Anonymousreply 7002/13/2021

[quote] You would never know how experimental and labor intensive this album was by listening to it.

by Anonymousreply 7102/13/2021

R70 R71 You can absolutely hear all the minute details that went into it will a good set of headphones or decent stereo system, but that's now how people consume music anymore.

by Anonymousreply 7202/13/2021

R70 must be Stevie Nicks. Little Lies and Everywhere have no hook? WTF? I don't know if you're trolling or not. The prize for the Fleetwood Mac song with no hook is that fucking bore Gold Dust Woman.

by Anonymousreply 7302/13/2021

"The Tango tour introduced the world to Mick Fleetwood's iconic 'Percussion Vest'."

Ugh. Mick Fleetwood is the most tiresome member of the band. I HATE watching videos when he proceeds to do his exhausting, never-ending yet boring drum solos, all the while preening for the camera and making his goofy/maniacle faces. Good God, give it a rest. I long for the day that Christine, the only level-headed one in the group, will wander over to his drum kit during one of these dreadful solos and beat him to death over the head with one of her keyboards.

by Anonymousreply 7402/13/2021

Sorry ... "maniacal." Dear me!

by Anonymousreply 7502/13/2021

I also hate Mick Fleetwood. What a tiresome shithead.

by Anonymousreply 7602/18/2021

This was also the tour where Stevie threw a chair at Christine.

by Anonymousreply 7703/01/2021

While everyone is entitled to their own opinion (I love Tango minus "Welcome to the Room" and "When I See You Again"), at 15 million copies sold Tango ranks as Fleetwood Mac's most popular release after Rumours. It may have "only" reached #7 on the Billboard chart but it lingered in the top 20 for months and months, winning huge numbers over the long haul. Also, it was the first FM album since Rumours to rack up 4 top 20 chart hits (Big Love, Seven Wonders, Everywhere, Little Lies). A big success however you slice it despite representing Stevie Nicks' all time worst collection of songs (which is saying a lot given ROCK A LITTLE and STREET ANGEL).

by Anonymousreply 7803/01/2021

R78 Tango was huge in Europe. 3 singles off of Tango hit the top 10 in the UK. Tango is what separates Fleetwood Mac from The Eagles. The Eagles could never have that kind of international appeal. Lindsey put his whole dick & balls and Christine and entire titty into recording it. Stevie was there for 2 seconds, Mick was coked out of his mind and living in a trailer in Lindsey's driveway and John was too drunk and hadn't picked up a bass in 5 years. It's a bit forgotten by US audiences, who only really remember The White album and Rumours.

by Anonymousreply 7903/07/2021

I love this album. Pure pop bliss.

by Anonymousreply 8003/15/2021

Stevie was a lazy crackhead during this period.

by Anonymousreply 8103/18/2021

Crack is whack!

by Anonymousreply 8203/19/2021

I used to buy from a small, independent record store. The owner had gotten an advance copy, and he assured me it was gonna be good, with plenty of Stevie on lead and backing vox. When I got my copy the day it came out, it was underwhelming, although I liked it at the time. A recent listen had me skipping tracks like crazy. Stevie does sound terrible.

by Anonymousreply 8303/19/2021

Stevie sings like she has a cold. Her voice is like a flat nasally whine. She'd still be a waitress in Phoenix if she did not look like princess Leah.

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by Anonymousreply 8503/19/2021

I love that Stevie was pressed that she had to record vocals in a vocal booth in Lindsey's bedroom. I mean how dare he. 🙄

by Anonymousreply 8603/30/2021

This album was huuuuuuige in the UK

by Anonymousreply 8705/03/2021
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