Song of the Day, December 14: I Don’t Want to Know by Fleetwood Mac

FleetwoodMacIDWKToday’s song is a brilliant afterthought on one of rock’s most enduring albums. Stevie Nicks wrote three songs for the Fleetwood Mac masterpiece Rumours: Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, and Silver Springs. As the band wrapped up the sessions, the other four members decided that Silver Springs didn’t fit the tone of the album. Lindsey Buckingham dusted off an old Nicks song from their time as a duo, and the quartet knocked out I Don’t Want to Know in short order, with Buckingham providing the vocal.

Nicks was not pleased with the substitution, and almost refused to add her vocals to the track. Fortunately, she relented, and the result is one of the disc’s finest moments. The Buckingham-Nicks vocal blend creates an almost Everly quality harmony, and the simple, folky production allows the underlying tension to shine through. Somehow a song written almost a decade earlier perfectly captures the romantic and professional tension that resonates throughout Rumours, and the uneasy reunion of the old duo adds a bittersweet element.

Enjoy this wonderful 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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