In , in the face of deteriorating personal relationships and massive record company pressure, Fleetwood Mac managed to create a record that would go on to sell 30 million copies. John Lennon said it: "Genius is pain. You see, by not only was the marriage of bass player John McVie and keyboardist Christine at an end, but so was that of drummer Mick Fleetwood and spouse Jenny Boyd sister of George Harrison's former wife, Pattie Boyd , while the long-time relationship between guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks had also reached breaking point. Since all of this just happened to coincide with the mainstream triumph of the eponymous album that spawned the hit singles 'Over My Head', 'Say You Love Me' and 'Rhiannon', and the record company was telling them that superstar status was now theirs for the taking, the band members had little choice but to stick it out and record a follow-up. Which is precisely what they did, drawing on internal tensions fuelled by copious amounts of drugs and alcohol to produce the band's magnum opus, Rumours. And it's also the one that best encapsulates what Rumours was all about, with Lindsey charmingly informing Stevie that "Loving you isn't the right thing to do," and "Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do," a line he refused to take out despite her objections. Little wonder that she joined him enthusiastically to sing "You can go your own way" on the chorus. Fleetwood Mac touring Rumours in New York, It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him.
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In the time that this track was written, all five members of Fleetwood Mac had broken relationships; Christine McVie and John McVie divorces, Mick Fleetwood divorced from his wife for the second time, and of course, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham ended their relationship. And yet I did them. So on one level I was a complete professional in rising above that, but there was a lot of pent-up frustration and anger towards Stevie in me for many years.
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It was released as the album's first single in December on both sides of the Atlantic. Written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham , it became the band's first top-ten hit in the United States. Recorded in three separate studios, the track was developed over a period of four months. Like most tracks off Rumours , none of the instruments were recorded live together; the tracks were instead completed through a series of overdubs. In what he described as "a stream of consciousness", he sang the opening line, "Loving you isn't the right thing to do". While Buckingham and Nicks were still on speaking terms, their conversations often devolved into yelling and screaming matches. Mick wasn't so sure he could do what Lindsey wanted, but he did a great job, and the song took off. Initially, John McVie tracked a busier, and bouncier bass part that gave the song "a country feel".