Stevie Nicks had become the face of Fleetwood Mac. Her bee-stung lips, baby eyes and tumbling hair were the stuff of album covers and wall posters. Her on-stage dancing distracted from the serious and rather static approach of the other group members. The one person who found this hard to take was her lover of the past five years, Lindsey Buckingham. He had wanted her to be his muse, not a pin-up girl. At first he felt twinges of jealousy but this soon hardened into resentment. Nicks, on the other hand, emboldened by the public recognition she was getting, summoned up enough courage to tell Buckingham to get himself a life without her.
It bothered Lindsey when the audience went crazy for me," she told a journalist "He thought that I, being his girlfriend, was acting too sexy. on stage with my dancing But I liked doing that. l had to tell him that I couldn't be his Stevie when I was up there. I would never have dreamed of telling him how to act on stage.”
WHEN Nicks, Buckingham and Christine McVie began writing songs, each found that the words they were coming up with were messages to their spouses "There were these dialogues shooting from member to member as Buckingham put it. "They really crackled on the record. He wrote Second Hand News as a comment on the Nicks-Henley romance. "I could see it coming," he said "I thought it would bum me out but it was a good thing to see her with him. It made me happy. I thought there was something to fear, but there wasn't."
Nicks barbed response was Dreams, a song in which she taunted Buckingham about having given him the freedom he wanted "You say you want your freedom/ Well who am I to keep you down" Buckingham hit back with Go Your Own Way, containing the memorable put-down line: "Shacking up is all you wanna do." Thirty-fifteen to Buckingham.
As tracks were played back there were clenched teeth and averted eyes in the control room. "We were trying to speak to each other in a civil way, while listening to each other's shattered relationships." Nicks admitted. "It was very, very tense." She was furious when she heard Go Your Own Way for the first time. "I very much resented him telling the world that 'shacking up' with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn't true. It was just an angry thing that he said.”