Friday, July 25, 2014

"Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks

Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0927
Date:  02/20/1982
Debut:  73
Peak:  11
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Nicks' first two singles from her debut solo LP "Bella Donna" were Top 10 hits that featured two other artists - Tom Petty and Don Henley. For her third single, she steps out completely on her own with a song that has become one of her most recognizable solo outings. Sadly, it peaked at the dreaded #11 spot. This may have been partially due to the fact that the song had already been playing for months on rock radio and peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart the previous year. But it didn't really matter as it has far outlasted many of her other higher-ranking hits.

ReduxReview:  Oh man I rocked out to this song so much back in the day! That opening guitar riff hooked me right away and as the song unfolded I completely fell under the spell of the shawl-dancing goddess. This song battles back and forth with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" as my favorite Nicks solo piece. Classic and brilliant.


Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Nicks' initial inspiration for the song title came from Tom Petty's wife at the time, Jane. She had a very Southern drawl and when talking to Nicks about meeting Tom, Jane said she met him "at the age of seventeen." However, Nicks heard "at the edge of seventeen." The mistake prompted the title and Nicks told Jane she would always credit her as the inspiration.  2) Destiny's Child sampled the song's famous guitar riff for their 2001 #1 hit "Bootylicious."


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