Album covers analysed: Buckingham Nicks

New couple in town…


Before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac, the band was a whole different kettle of fish – you can read all about that on The Guardian website. We are far more concerned by the album cover that they chose for their Buckingham Nicks album, which came out a year or so before they joined the legendary pop/rock group. It’s a hugely important moment – the release of a pop debut. Everything needs to be in place, you need the right sound, the right vibe. You need the right look. Remember, this is the picture to mark your arrival on the music scene. It needs to be hip. Unfortunately, Stevie and Lindsey – Lindsey being the one with the moustache, by the way – chose to take their clothes off and pretend to be swingers instead. It’s not helped by Stevie’s intriguing arm positioning, which lends the picture the look of a couple in the throws of a manual sex act. Once you have that in your head, it’s damn near impossible to look Lindsey in the eye. Why is he staring at me like that? What does he want? The album bombed. Even so, it’s a great record. Here’s a cut from it…

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