Well, Si, this is really an apples-and-kiwi kind of question. The last incarnation of Fleetwood Mac with Buckingham and Nicks did start about the same time Split Enz was founded, and they had three talented songwriters (when you include Christine McVie). As much as I love Fleetwood Mac, when you compare Neil's output from 1986 to present, Neil just keeps getting better while Mac just keeps touring. Though Lindsay's 1992 solo album is great.
erm how are fleetwood mac and crowded house anything like each other? fleetwood mac were/are a legendary blues/rock band who have had many guises and members and crowded house are a more (how do i say this without sounding like i'm slagging em off?) middle of the road, mellowed rocky type band (if you get what i'm on about)
and yes fleetwood mac did rule with peter green! 'oh well', 'man of the world' and 'need your love so bad' rule!
They're both pop bands in my opinion, a form of group which seems to have almost died out in the advent of vocal groups and "trendy" guitar bands. Fleetwood Mac's great current album was simply a Lindsey Buckingham (guitarist in the band for nearly 30 years) solo album which never happened because Fleetwood was the drummer chosen by Buckingham. A bit like if Neil wanted Paul to be his drummer on his next solo album, not such a strange idea as they have both enjoyed working with each other before. What happens then, you bring in Nick Seymour who is obviously a good bass player and you've already got Crowded House back together even without the keyboardist and even without thinking about it. The only problems I see for this is attitudes, egos and perhaps geography. It may be a marketing ploy by Buckingham, because his solo album would not have sold as much, but who cares as long as the end result is great! and it is 30 years on after he joined the band he's still making sweet music with them if not better! This rubbishes the theory that a band should exist for 10 years maximum (which I've heard said by Neil himself!)
I'm just rereading that last post a few times and trying to figure out what you're getting at.
So far I've got that Buckingham puts together an ersatz Fleetwood Mac because he can't sell enough under his own name.
NF does the opposite and breaks up CH because he wants to have a shot at producing material in his own name, rather than hiring Paul and Nick to do what Fleetwood Mac is doing.
So you say that the outcome is Fleetwood Mac is going strong (by leaning on the name, playing Don't Stop for the fifty millionth time and supporting what is basically an occasional member's solo LP) and it's ironic that NF isn't doing the same thing and debasing the CH name in the process.
Have you been up all night watching the Erasure DVD again?
ps. I'm disappointed too, Kia, I think there was a better standard of shadowbombing in the past...
Fleetwood Mac is still going strong in Britain because of the British component, strong in USA because of the USA component, and the rest of the world because of a MacDonald style marketing component. I sure someone can quote figures that the CH albums are still selling, the DVD (dreaming) sold well and is still going, and musician around the world cover CH songs regularly (Has anyone covered a Fleetwood Mac song?). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Fleetwood Mac died when Peter Green (great name!) left and was resurrected as a 'pop' band that gets together every 3-4 years, yell at each other, produce a sub-standard album compared to what they've done in the past, and do a half-assed tour so they can go back to their mansions to try and forget it ever happened. CH is fondly remember by all the band members (Nick had a small gripe, but it wasn't much) and will be remembered for years to come as a great band live and in the studio. Why spoil something that good, by flogging the proverbial dead horse.
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hmmm....I gotta say, when I first read this I didn't agreed completely, but when I thought about it, the truth is that what's the difference ? I mean, if we are talking about getting the credits, or the royalty rights , hell yeah, it sort of makes sense and if you can choose who you play with or record with or collaborate with, not having a ten year commitment, well, then..right, it makes sense. But then again if we are talking about putting someone really "solo" on a stage or a studio, even Neil, just with a guitar, what can I say, its quite difficult not to get boring. So, anyway, the people around the main "solo" figure are crucial in the equation to make the whole thing work, so they might as well get the recognition, right ?...go bands go!
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