PP: What was your state of mind as you went in to start recording?
LB: Stevie and I broke up during ‘Rumours’. John and Christine McVie broke up. For myself, being someone who was in the trenches producing, I had to monitor my own choices and to make sure that I was doing the right thing for Stevie, for everyone. Because we obviously had this calling and we had to make sure that was going on in our personal lives wasn’t going to undermine that.
SN: He was very crazy at that time. He stopped being the tall, cool drink of water guy that was beautiful, that played guitar on the side of the stage and sang like an angel. He started to become this like radical guy. Cut all his hair off and, you know, and he was not the Lindsey that we knew. Cutting his hair was like, you know, like if my little boy had cut his hair off. I was horrified.
PP: Why did he do it?
SN: Just flipped out the night before, I think. You know, he was so handsome. His face was so chiseled. Like when he cut all the hair off it was very odd.
SN: Sara was banished. By the band, not by me even. So Mick’s, you know, living with Sara and he’s coming in every day and he’s very stressed out and I’m not speaking to him. I’m not even looking him in the face. Because even Lindsey, who was horrified that I was having a relationship with Mick, was even more horrified that he had fallen in love with my friend, Sara, and broken my heart.
PP: Your songs on it were so radical and have been so influential in the ensuing years. One critic commented on ‘What Makes You Think You’re The One’ - and I have to replace a word here because it is the BBC - who called it “the greatest break-up screw you song ever written”.
LB: *laughs* Really, I think I was still working through my last little bits of issues with Stevie not that many years ago, you know. I was the one who had been left.
SN: I said, “I’m going out with one of the engineers”, which also did not make Lindsey happy. I think that Lindsey used every single thing that was happening as a part of this tribal walk up to the top of the sacred mountain.
PP: The logistics of getting Fleetwood Mac to turn up to the studio at the same time had always been a challenge. Ten million sales of ‘Rumours’ and the lifestyle that came with it did not do wonders for their timekeeping. Lindsey Buckingham.
LB: I was not really a nocturnal animal. Mick was very much a nocturnal animal and Stevie still is, really.
PP: Is there a chance that you would record with Stevie again?
LB: I would love to record with Stevie again. It would be such a circular thing to come back to where you started, and I think it would be magical, you know, because that subplot is so built into the history of Fleetwood Mac. So if you talk to her, put in a good word for me! *laughs* You already talked to her, I guess. *laughs*
PP: I did. And she seemed to make all the right noises so, um -
LB: Well, good. Yeah, well, I have written a bunch of songs and I do want her to hear them, and I hope that we do.