Trouble Lindsey Buckingham



” Trouble ” is by Lindsey Buckingham ( Lindsey Adams Buckingham ), the American musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He is the lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of Fleetwood Mac, the British-American band formed in 1967, in London, England.
In 1998 Lindsey, as a member of Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is known for his fingerpicking ( unlike most guitarists who use a pick ) style of playing the guitar and in 2011 was ranked the 100th on the ” The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time ” list by Rolling Stone Magazine.
The song was written by Lindsey with production by Richard Dashut and Lindsey. Richard is a record producer who was born in West Hollywood, California. He began his career in the music business sweeping the floors of a recording studio. He has worked on many of Fleetwood Mac’s albums including Rumours, Tusk, Live, Mirage, Tango In The Night and Time.
” Trouble ” was released in November 1981 by record label Asylum ( Warner Music Group ) and was taken as the first single from Lindsey’s first album as a solo artist, Law and Order, which peaked at number thirty-two on the Billboard 200 in the United States and twenty-seven on the Canadian Album Chart.
Another of Lindsey’s bandmates joined him for ” Trouble “, Mick Fleetwood ( Michael John Kells “Mick” Fleetwood ). Mick was born in Redruth, a town in Cornwall, England and is one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac. They played their first gig as a group in August 1967 at the 7th Annual Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival.
Lindsey felt ” Trouble ” needed a more live feel to the sound and so approached the song differently to his others in the past. He persuaded Mick Fleetwood to play the drums on the track.
However, in the end, he used a taped loop of the drum track which was about four-seconds long for the whole song after not being happy with the earlier takes. Lindsey later said of the use of the taped drum loop ” The irony of that was that the original reason for having Mick play on the song was to approach the track completely live, as opposed to my usual technique “.
Before the track was finally finished drum fills and cymbal crashes, along with other percussion instruments were overdubbed to give the feel of live drums.
In addition to the drum playing by Mick Fleetwood, George Hawkins played the bass guitar on the track. George had worked with Mick on his first solo album, The visitor, earlier that year.
The only track on Law and Order whereby Lindsey didn’t play bass or drums was ” Trouble “, for the rest of the album Lindsey played the instruments himself.
The accompanying music video features male musicians as part of a big band, five guitarists and one bassist, besides Lindsey Buckingham, there are also six drummers which included Mick Fleetwood. Also making an appearance in the video are Bob Welch and Bob Weston, both former Fleetwood Mac guitarists, along with Dwight Twilley and Andy Ward, the drummer from the English progressive rock band, Camel.
” Trouble ” was a commercial success for Lindsey. In the United States, the song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent nineteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it was released on the Mercury Records label and entered the UK Singles Chart on the 16th of January 1982 where it reached a peak of number thirty-one. It spent three weeks in the Top Forty and a total of seven weeks on the UK chart.
The song reached Number One in Australia and held the top spot for three weeks; it went on to be the 8th biggest selling single of 1982 in Australia.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 9

UK Highest Chart Position: 31

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 39, Austria 16, Netherlands 41, Belgium 40, New Zealand 3, australia 1

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