Song of the Day, February 20: Go Insane by Lindsey Buckingham

BuckinghamInsaneToday’s song is the title track from Lindsey Buckingham’s second solo album. By 1984, Fleetwood Mac were on an indefinite hiatus while Stevie Nicks pursued a successful solo career. Buckingham had managed a solid Top 10 hit and successful album of his own but took his time crafting the follow-up. Go Insane is an intense album that looks at both the pressures of fame and the risks of intense romantic relationships. Having just ended a relationship with Carol Ann Harris — to whom he dedicated the album — the singer and guitarist was also reflecting on his long-ago romance with Nicks.

I think that’s one of the things the album is saying – it is ok to go insane, it can be quite cathartic actually, to watch yourself go out to the edge and sort of reel yourself back in – now hopefully you do reel yourself back in.  Another point the album makes is if you happen to be with someone else who takes that sort of behavior too far, and you’re not willing to give up whatever that relationship might be – then you will tend to go a little bit insane with them.

Buckingham captures that energy with a tense, edgy song that features one of his best vocals. Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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