Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” album, was released back in 1979. It was considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckinghams’s songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Initially, Tusk was released as a double album and had cost $1 million dollars to record. By today’s standards, it would have been the equivalent of $3,300,000.00. It was considered the most expensive rock album made up to that point. It was compared to the 1977’s album “Rumours” which sold 10 million copies, whereas “Tusk” only sold 4 million. The album was regarded a commercial flop by the record label.
The band embarked on a 9-month world tour to promote “Tusk”, they shared the bill with the reggae superstar, Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the “Fleetwood Mas Live” album, which was released in 1980. Although “Tusk” polarized critics and the public alike upon its initial release, it has been re-evaluated over time and praised for its experimentation. In 2013, “Tusk” ranked 445 out of 500 of Greatest Albums of All Times.
I have always been a tremendous fan of the British-American rock back Fleetwood Mac. I remember the video on MTV capturing a sensation in me like no other album had. My parents got me this very album for Christmas in 1980.
I so enjoyed and thrived on this albums percussive rhythmic beat. The vigorous ensemble of Fleetwood Mac and the USC Trojan Marching Band sound was addicting to me. Stevie Nicks wasn’t the only one twirling her baton when they played. I made my own twirling routines for the following rock song.
Why don’t you ask him if he’s going to stay?
Why don’t you ask him if he’s going away?
Why don’t you tell me what’s going on?
Why don’t you tell me who’s on the phone?
Why don’t you ask him what’s going on?
Why don’t you ask him who’s the latest on his throne?
Don’t say that you love me! hiyee-ha
Just tell me that you want me! hiyee-ha
Tusk! Tusk! Tusk! Tusk!
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