Stevie Nicks hated album title

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2015
Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks didn't understand the saucy meaning behind Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' album and the moniker only reminded her of animal poaching

Stevie Nicks hated the title of Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' album.

The 67-year-old singer - who is one fifth of the rock band - "didn't understand" the saucy meaning behind the moniker as it only made her think of cruel animal hunting.

She explained: "I didn't understand the title. There was nothing beautiful or elegant about the word 'tusk.' All it really brought to mind was people stealing ivory. Even then in 1979 you just thought, the rhinos are being poached and the tusks are being stolen and the elephants are being slaughtered and ivory's being sold on the black market.

"I don't recall it being [Mick Fleetwood's slang term for the male member] that went right over my prudish little head, I wasn't told that until quite a while after the record was done, and when I did find out I liked the title even less!"

And it wasn't just the title of the collection she was concerned about, as Stevie was worried when her band mate Lindsey Buckingham announced he wanted to take 'Tusk' in a different direction from their massively successful 'Rumours.'

She told Mojo magazine: "'Rumours' was a perfect, off-the-top-of-our head thing that turned into a huge-selling amazing record. Nobody wanted to do exactly the same thing each time, that's just five people being creative. This was different though, this was Lindsey really making a stand...

"If you go down some different pathways, study and research some different genres of music and change it up, everybody was fine with that, but Lindsey was just so adamant about doing something that was the total opposite of the previous records.

"He announced it so viscerally, so demandingly that I think he scared all of us. We were like, 'what the f**k?' "

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