The 20 Million Club podcast: Is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours the ultimate breakup album?
Hosted by British broadcasting legend Nicky Horne, The 20 Million Club also features guests appearances from Classic Rock Editor Siân Llewellyn, alongside Scott Rowley, former Classic Rock Editor-In-Chief (and current Content Director of Music at Future), with each episode focussing on an album that has sold 20 million or more.
Since its release in February 1977, Rumours has sold an estimated 40 million copies – 22m copies in the US and Canada alone. Released as the peace and love generation settled into family life, as divorce rates in the US soared, and a new radio format – AOR (Adult/Album Orientated Rock) – dominated the airwaves, the extremes of the late 60s and early 70s were gone and in their place was a new professionalism.
Well, if you can call coke-fuelled wife-swapping ‘professionalism’.
This episode the team goes through the album track-by-track, talk through the Doggface video that took the band back in the charts (see below) and debates Peter Green’s Mac Vs the LA Mac, the rise of ‘grown-up rock’ and the inner-band soap opera, while Nicky remembers going to the album launch in LA.
Catch up on all episodes of The 20 Million Club now. Since launch the team have argued the merits of AC/DC’s Back In Black, Led Zeppelin‘s 4th album, Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill, Queen’s Greatest Hits, Prince’s Purple Rain, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, Guns N’ Roses‘ Appetite For Destruction and more, with The 20 Minute Club bringing focussing on singles released at the same time as the album.
Nathan Apodaca (aka Dogg Face) and “the only feelgood story of 2020”
When Nathan Apodaca filmed himself skating to work, drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice and listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, he couldn’t have known that he would score the band their highest chart placing since 1988 – and change his own life in the process.
But he did and it really is one of the few feelgood stories of last year.
It’s just some daft dance they do in Scotland. And Don’t Stop would be perfect for it.
MusicRadar’s track-by-track with producer Ken Caillat
Throughout the podcast, Scott refers to this interview with co-producer Ken Caillatt from MusicRadar. “There were fights, breakups, drinking, drugs,” says Caillat. “We all indulged in substances. But I had to be a therapist and record producer. When everything was insane, I had to be sane. If there was a rule book, nobody game me one.”