While recording this Fleetwood Mac song, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham insulted one other

While in Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had a rocky relationship. The American couple joined Fleetwood Mac as a couple, but their on-again, off-again romance caused many stressful recording sessions with the band. On Rumours, the pair sparred when the mics were turned off, but they managed to stop their insults long enough to record the song. While recording ‘You Make Loving Fun,’ Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham began trashing each other.

While Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s most renowned and profitable album, it is filled with allegations of backstage drama, particularly involving Nicks and Buckingham. The couple used to be a package deal. When Mick Fleetwood requested Buckingham to join Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham refused unless Nicks also joined. They were still able to create wonderful music after their relationship deteriorated, but their troubled relationship made it difficult for them to remain in the same room. Producer Ken Caillat spoke with Musicradar about his memories of recording each song on Rumours. “You Make Loving Fun,” Caillat’s “favorite-sounding” song on the album, was one notable story. He recalls Nicks and Buckingham getting into a loud yelling war during the recording session, shouting profanity and insults at each other. When it came time to sing, however, they instantly turned it off and acted that everything was normal. “I remember when we were doing background vocals, Stevie and Lindsey were having an argument,” Caillat recalled. “Violent epithets – ‘you motherf*****’ this, ‘you f***ing bastard’ that. It went back and forth. They’d start the tape and sing, ‘Yooooooou make loving fun,’ just wonderful, two tiny angels. They’d stop the tape and start calling each other names again. They never missed a beat.” During the recording of ‘Rumours,’ tensions between the band members were intense.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were not the only members of Fleetwood Mac that had relationship problems. At the time, John and Christine McVie were divorcing, and Fleetwood was struggling with his own marital problems outside of the band. “There were fights, breakups, drinking, drugs, and so on…” “We were all addicted to substances,” Caillat admitted. “But I had to be a therapist as well as a record producer.” I had to be rational when everything else was insane. Nobody gave me a rule book if there was one.” As Buckingham and Nicks were still relatively fresh recruits, the bandmates were also learning to work together. Fortunately, the turmoil had little impact on the music, but Caillat claimed that it frequently became too personal.

Nicks struggled to listen to Buckingham’s lyrics because they were too personal for her. “A lot of Lindsey’s lyrics sparked fights with Stevie,” Caillat admitted. “I didn’t know what was going on at the time, but words about their breakup were flying around, especially Lindsey’s.” Stevie despised it when Lindsey became too literal. Stevie stormed out the moment Lindsey began singing his words, and the session was over.” “You Make Loving Fun” was released as Rumours’ fourth and final single in 1977. The song became a top ten hit, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. However, it was not as well received in many other nations, including the United Kingdom, where it peaked at No. 45. Rumours was an enormously successful album when it was released. It peaked at number one and sold over 40 million copies worldwide. It included the No. 1 smash “Dreams” and another fan favorite, “Go Your Own Way.” Despite the fact that there was a lot of controversy around the album’s composition, it remains the band’s most popular record.

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