Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie undoubtedly dealt with a lot of sexism in the ’70s, as evident by a resurfaced interview clip from 1977. However, they had no problem shutting down a journalist’s incredibly sexist question.
In the clip below, an off-screen reporter asks Lindsey Buckingham, “It must have been one of the first bands to incorporate ladies and use them as such. Any problems as far as credibility of ladies in rock ’n’ roll when the band first hit the road with the girls?”
Buckingham responded awkwardly, “I don’t think so,” while looking over at McVie and Nicks. McVie drolly says, while Nicks giggles, “Well, I’d already been in the band for a good while, as a lady, and as a musician. I’d been primarily a musician rather than a backup singer, in any case. And then, when Stevie joined the band, she was also a frontline singer and writer.”
McVie continued, “And I think in that way, I guess, we were the innovators of that kind of thing because it was more or less to my knowledge prior to us girls would be in rock bands, but would be backup singers and…”
“Pretty faces,” interjects the journalist.
This then caused Nicks to jump in and say, “I think it comes down to the fact that Fleetwood Mac would not go on without Chris and me, if we were sick or something. Whereas in most bands with a girl in it, [they] could go ahead and would go on and play. But they’d have trouble without us.”
The exchange is rather cringe, but it’s amazing watching McVie and Nicks put this reporter in his place.
Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours': 30 Facts About the Iconic Album
Rumours, the landmark album from Fleetwood Mac, is an absolute monster, both critically and commercially.
There are countless breakup songs across the musical landscape, but Rumours — released on February 4, 1977 — is much more than that; it’s a breakup album that happens to be dripping with the band’s coked-out excess. The making of Rumours, of course, is famous for everyone in the band breaking up with each other and its other “indulgences.” (AKA: So much cocaine it would make Tony Montana blush.)
Truthfully, personal lives absolutely falling apart have never sounded so catty and catchy at once as they do on Rumours. Between the divorce filing of John McVie and Christine McVie, the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (and Nicks’ eventual “shacking up” with Mick Fleetwood) and Mick Fleetwood’s own marriage on the rocks after his wife had an affair, the band weren’t exactly hurting for material.
In short, Rumours is the ultimate cheating/break-up record. In honor of its anniversary, here are 30 facts about the iconic album.