"Rock is usually about escapism, lack of discipline and promiscuity. Law and Order is about the sense of personal order in your life. If there are songs about a special, stable relationship, it's because that's what I have."
He means his five-year romance with Oklahoma-born Carol Harris, 28, a part-time fashion model. They met in a Los Angeles recording studio in 1976 where Carol was a receptionist, and they moved in together the following year.
Buckingham's previous paramour, of course, was Nicks. Their celebrated breakup took place in the mid-'70s at the same time the McVies were divorcing. Having gotten through "years of pain," Lindsey says he and Stevie are able to maintain a stable working relationship. After the Tusk session, though, Nicks complained that it was "like being a hostage in Iran and, to an extent, Lindsey was the Ayatollah." Says Buckingham with a smile, "I did have definite ideas." On their relationship outside the studio, he reflects, "I don't think we'll ever be good friends. There was a lot of passion, but not a lot of camaraderie." Is he bothered by the fact that Stevie's solo album has sold two million copies? "It's easy to feel envious of someone who gets as much fan mail and sells as many records as Stevie," he confesses. "Obviously my stuff is a little more off the wall, but I like my album better than hers."
One of three sons of a coffee company executive father, Lindsey grew up in the San Francisco suburb of Atherton. "I was one of the tons of guys who ran out and got a guitar when Elvis came along," he recalls. As a junior in high school he met Nicks, who was a senior. A year later they started playing in a band called Fritz, became lovers and soon split off to make one album as a duo, Buckingham Nicks.
Though the LP died in the market, it caught the ear of Fleetwood, who had founded Mac in 1967. Looking for someone to replace the just-departed Bob Welch, he invited both Nicks and Buckingham to join in 1975. "I guess it was a good thing," understates Lindsey. His tunes, such as Monday Morning and Go Your Own Way, helped Mac become one of the best-selling groups of all time.