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"Think About Me"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tusk
B-side"Save Me a Place"
ReleasedMarch 1980
Recorded1979
Genre
Length2:44
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
" Not That Funny"
(1980)
"Think About Me"
(1980)
" Sisters of the Moon"
(1980)

"Think About Me" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in March 1980. The song was composed by Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie. "Think About Me" and " Not That Funny" were the first Tusk singles released in their remixed form.

The song peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 24 on Canada's RPM Top 100 Singles chart. [3] [4] Even though "Think About Me" was a top 20 hit, it was not included in the 1988 album Greatest Hits [5] but was included in the 2002 album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac played the song live for the first time in 35 years during their Australian leg of the " On with the Show tour" in Sydney. [6]

Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers recorded a cover version of the song for the 2012 compilation album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The version features backward-sounding guitars and Carl Newman on lead vocals. [7]

Recording

Fleetwood Mac began the tracking of "Think About Me" in February 1979. For the original run-through, Mick Fleetwood's drum kit was placed in the center with bassist John McVie right next to him. Christine McVie played a Yamaha electric piano in the control room, while Lindsey Buckingham was positioned in front of the control room glass. Buckingham and John McVie had their amplifiers situated in isolation booths, leaving Fleetwood's drums as the only live sound emerging from the studio room. As such, two AKG 414 microphones were placed throughout the studio to capture the room ambiance. Four takes were recorded over the course of four hours, with the second being deemed satisfactory. [8]

Engineer Hernan Rojas recalled that co-producers Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut were diligent in tuning and equalizing Fleetwood's drum kit; they were also successful in providing a suitable headphone mix to the band members before they lost interest in playing for the rest of the day. "When we took hours testing drum kits, tuning the snare or toms, varying microphone positions, and dawdling over the infinite selection of guitars and pianos...everyone would call it quits and agree to continue the next day. This is why "Think About Me" felt wonderful – spontaneous even. In a mere afternoon, the band and crew were running the song down with perfect feel, groove, and sound." [8]

Once the basic tracking was complete, the band overdubbed an acoustic piano to accent certain musical passages, a Moog synthesizer to double the bass and accentuate some of the lower frequencies, lead guitar, and backing vocals during the final lines of the verses and the outro. The band experimented with a Chamberlin, twelve-string guitars, and a pump organ during the song's instrumental bridge, although they ultimately settled on an electric guitar solo played on a Fender Stratocaster. The song was sang as a duet between Buckingham and Christine McVie, with Nicks providing additional vocal harmonies. McVie sang her parts through an Electro-Voice RE20 microphone at her electric piano with Buckingham positioned a few yards away using a Shure SM57 microphone. [8]

Reception

In 1979, Ed Harrison of Billboard called the song "a more rocking, guitar punctuated tune backed with superb harmonies" and complimented McVie's songwriting. [9] Cash Box said it has a "light and bouncy melody" with "some gritty guitar and pounding keyboard work" to "balance the feathery harmonies." [10] Record World said that "Christine McVie contributes one of her made-for-radio jewels with the irresistible melody & rich vocal harmonies backed by an incessant rhythm track." [11] Steve Morse of The Boston Globe gave the single a positive review, calling "predictably bouncy". [12]

In 2003, Rob Brunner of Entertainment Weekly gave the Tusk album a positive review, noting that it was a "must" and "fascinating mess, full of enough good songs", "Think About Me" included. [13]

In 2010, Alfred Soto of PopMatters described the song as "the unlikeliest of things: a McVie rocker." Soto called it "a near-perfect punk number that snuck in below the radar" and that it was "anchored by her electric piano, (Lindsey) Buckingham's fuzzed-up 'Day Tripper'-esque riff," and "the most sarcastic lyrics of McVie's career," referring to the couplet, "I don't hold you down/Maybe that's why you're around." [14] Tyler Golsen wrote in 2023 that the song is "an irresistibly catchy track that plays to everyone’s strengths, most notably Buckingham carrying the melody in the chorus." [15]

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart ( RPM) [4] 24
US Billboard Hot 100 [16] 20
US Billboard Adult Contemporary [17] 39

References

  1. ^ "Tusk (Track by Track)".
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Staff (May 2, 2022). "Fleetwood Mac's 50 Greatest Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 10, 2023. ...when they got to its third song, "Think About Me", Christine's bright pop-rock ode to a no-pressure relationship.
  3. ^ "'Think About Me' - Fleetwood Mac - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. 33 (9). RPM Music Publications Ltd. May 24, 1980. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 414. ISBN  087930653X. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Fleetwood Mac kicks off Australian tour". Stevie Nicks Info. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Adams, Gregory (June 19, 2012). "The New Pornographers - 'Think About Me' (Fleetwood Mac cover)". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Caillat, Ken; Rojas, Hernan (2019). Get Tusked: The Inside Story of Fleetwood Mac's Most Anticipated Album. Guilford, Connecticut: Backbeat Books. pp. 202–207. ISBN  978-1-4930-5983-6.
  9. ^ Harrison, Ed. Closeup, October 27, 1979, Billboard, p. 90
  10. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. March 8, 1980. p. 13. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  11. ^ "Hits of the Week" (PDF). Record World. March 8, 1980. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  12. ^ Morse, Steve. "'Tusk' rates a hat's off", October 15, 1979, p. 27
  13. ^ Brunner, Rob (18 April 2003). "Then Play On; Bare Trees; Fleetwood Mac; Rumours; Tusk; Time". EW.com. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  14. ^ Soto, Alfred (March 9, 2010). "Christine McVie's Warm Ways". PopMatters. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  15. ^ Golsen, Tyler (25 April 2023). "Fleetwood Mac - 'Tusk' album review". faroutmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  16. ^ "Fleetwood Mac Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 88.