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Buckingham, Lindsey - 1984 Go Insane

ARTIST: Buckingham, Lindsey
ALBUM: Go Insane
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 60363-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1991, Warner Brothers, 9 60363-2


LINEUP: Lindsay Buckingham - lead & background vocals, all instruments * Bryant Simpson - bass * Gordon Fordyce - keyboards, cowbell, voice

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Want You * 02 Go Insane * 03 Slow Dancing * 04 I Must Go * 05 Play In The Rain * 06 Play In The Rain (Continued) * 07 Loving Cup * 08 Bang The Drum * 09 D.W Suite


Fleetwood Mac's 1979 double set 'Tusk' was not nearly as successful as the previous blockbuster 'Rumours' although it did put Lindsey Buckingham front and center as the lightning rod for its poor sales. 'Tusk' was produced by Buckingham at a cost of one million dollars, a huge sum at the time. Unfortunately, the occasionally uneven album only sold four million copies, yielding just two hit singles with the title track and 'Sara' yet it remains the Mac's most experimental album and apparently its Mick Fleetwood's favourite. For Lindsey, fueled by his love for Brian Wilson and 'Pet Sounds' as well as The Beatles; the drive to push the pop envelope was still in his blood for his first solo venture 'Law And Order' released in 1981. The album, a daring collection of new wave styled originals and covers sold well although three years later I doubt anyone who bought that album dreamed Buckingham would pull this rabbit out of his hat.

The Songs
On the surface 'Go Insane' screams 1984. From the stylish album art and Buckingham's 'Bride Of Frankenstein' hairdo to the lavish use of sampling via the mighty Fairlight, but as dated as this all might look and sound - it works. A stunning fusion of top product pop and art rock that rivals such wondrous 80's creations as John Cale's 'Music For A New Society' , The vastly underrated 'Blaze of Glory' from Joe Jackson and Laurie Anderson's 1984 classic 'Mr. Heartbreak'. 'I Want You' sets the stage with a sound is very similar to the later Fleetwood Mac hit 'Big Love'; a song Buckingham wrote for the abandoned follow-up to 'Go Insane'. The title track was a middling hit in America while for some strange reason outside of Australia; the rest of the world's radio stations chose to ignore the song's to die for hooks. 'Slow Dancing' follows suit with Lindsay's affected vocals adding great fun to what should have been a major hit as well. Yes, he didn't really know when to quit when it came to sampling which put off a lot of people at the time, but for this listener songs like 'I Must Go', the weird but wonderful experiment 'Play In The Rain' and 'Play In The Rain (Continued)' are a veritable dark carnival ride of sound. 'D.W. Suite' closes the record with his homage to The Beach Boys while sounding very much like Godley & Creme and it has to be said Lindsey Buckingham has been under-appreciated as an artist who could have gone the easy route and gave Fleetwood Mac fans what they wanted. Instead like a musical Willy Wonka and on this album in particular, he chose to take the listener on a magical mystery tour into his unique and surreal vision of what pop should be.

In Summary
And he's continued to release interesting work in between his on again, off again relationship with Fleetwood Mac which as of this review is in the midst of a successful tour with the platinum plated 'Rumours' era line-up. While none of his output has been as over the top as 'Go Insane'; all the man's albums are worth a listen. Start here.

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