Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lindsay Buckingham - "Trouble"

Trouble - Law and Order

(Debuted October 24, 1981, Peaked #9, 18 Weeks on the Chart)

If you just spent two years recording an ambitious double LP and embarking on a long world tour, what do you do when you're done? If you're Lindsay Buckingham, you go back into the studio and get another record in the can. Even if you have to do it by yourself.

Buckingham was one of the more creative members of Fleetwood Mac as a writer and artist, as well as getting involved in the studio craftwork involved in the music. Still feeling he had something to say, he started work on his solo LP Law and Order in 1981, playing most of the instruments himself. He enlisted some help from Buckingham's bandmates, however. Mick Fleetwood played the drums on "Trouble" and Christine McVie contributed backing vocals to another song on the LP.

While the album as a whole reflected Buckingham's interest in New Wave and lo-fi noise, "Trouble" sounds like it would have fit right in with the material on his band's Tusk or Mirage LPs. Its layered harmonies and ethereal vocal over the soft guitar line helped it become the only single from the album to reach the Hot 100 before it was time to head into the studio again, this time with his group.

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