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"In the Back of My Mind"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Behind the Mask
B-side"Lizard People"
Released13 August 1990 (1990-08-13) [1]
Genre Rock
  • 7:02 (album version)
  • 4:58 (7-inch edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Billy Burnette, David Malloy
Producer(s) Greg Ladanyi, Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
" Skies the Limit"
"In the Back of My Mind"
"Hard Feelings"

"In the Back of My Mind" is a song by British-American band Fleetwood Mac from their 15th studio album, Behind the Mask (1990). The song was released as the album's second single for select European markets but only had a minor impact in the United Kingdom, peaking at No. 58. It was not made commercially available in North America, where "Hard Feelings" was released as a single instead. Both singles were co-written by Billy Burnette, who was one of the guitarists enlisted to replace Lindsey Buckingham in 1987. [2] On the Behind the Mask Tour, "In the Back of My Mind" was played as the opening song of the set. [3]


"In the Back of My Mind" was written with David Malloy, a songwriter and producer stationed in Nashville. Burnette presented the song to Mick Fleetwood, who agreed that it would be a good fit for Behind the Mask. [4] During the intro, the band utilized a device created by Jimmy Hotz called the Hotz Midi Translator, a device with touch sensitive pads that can be attached to the body. [5]

In a Q&A with The Penguin, Burnette noted that the band combined three 48-track machines to fit all of their overdubs on "In the Back of My Mind". At the time, that feat almost landed the band in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most individual tracks used on one song. [6]

The B-side of "In the Back of My Mind", "Lizard People", was written by Mick Fleetwood and Peter Bardens, a former bandmate of Fleetwood. [7] "Lizard People" is one of the few Fleetwood Mac songs to feature Fleetwood on lead vocals.

Track listings

7-inch single

  1. "In the Back of My Mind" (edit)
  2. "Lizard People"

12-inch single

  1. "In the Back of My Mind" (LP version)
  2. " Little Lies" (live)
  3. " The Chain" (live)


Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • Stephen Croes – Synclavier, synthesizers, percussion


Chart (1990) Peak
UK Singles ( OCC) [8] 58


  1. ^ "New Singles". Music Week. 11 August 1990. p. 27.
  2. ^ "Behind the Mask - Fleetwood Mac | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Billy Burnette, March 18 - 31 , 2000 - Section 3". The Penguin. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  4. ^ Greene, Andy (6 December 2022). "Billy Burnette on His Brief, 'Magical' Stint in Fleetwood Mac: 'No Regrets'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  5. ^ "Debauchery! How Fleetwood Mac survived it - Q Magazine". Fleetwood Mac UK. May 1990. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Billy Burnette, March 18 - 31 , 2000 - Section 1". The Penguin. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ Washburn, Jim (28 January 1989). "Fleetwood Pitches In for Pal Barden". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 February 2024.