10 Things You Didn't Know Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk'

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Scenes from the 'Tusk' music video. Source: YouTube

Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 double LP Tusk was called ambitious, ragged, “gleeful and elusive,” fragmented, sprawling, “over-egged pudding,” and worse. Conceived as a kind of “anti-Rumours” the album is chaotic and disjointed, finding its band members working in the familiar territory of chaotic heartbreak but without the need for success.

There was no thought of recreating the success of Rumours, the 1977 diamond selling album that bonds generations, but why go into the studio if you’re not going to create something meaningful? At the helm of the album guitarist, producer, and head agitator Lindsay Buckingham led the band to stretch themselves musically, sometimes for the best, but often in ways that only serve as experiments for sake of going to the lab.

The fractured and often confounding Tusk has aged better than records by the band’s contemporaries who played it safe (throw a dart at the ‘70s to find one of these bands), but even 40 years later it’s not a record that makes for an easy first listen.