Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1484
Date:  06/04/1983
Debut:  60
Peak:  5
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Nicks' debut solo album, Bella Donna, reached #1 and would be a multi-platinum seller thanks to four Top 40 hits including the #3 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." After Fleetwood Mac got off the road from their Mirage tour, Nicks headed back into the studio to record her follow-up. The Wild Heart would be another multi-platinum success for her reaching #5. This first single peaked at the same position to become her third Top 10 solo hit. It was also a smash at rock radio reaching #2.

ReduxReview:  Oh man I loved this song. This was the first track on side 2 of the album and I think I wore out the groove. There was also something really great about that album mix that sounded fantastic through my stereo. The synths were really meaty and it all had some extra reverb that made it sound like you were in an arena. It's one of a few recordings that to me never translated well to CD/digital. I still absolutely love it, but I'll never forget this song blasting through my Pioneer speakers and shaking the floor.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Nicks' inspiration for this song actually came on her wedding day. She and her new husband were driving when Prince's "Little Red Corvette" played on the radio. She got an idea for a song immediately and that evening recorded a quick demo. When it came time to record the song, she called Prince and told him the story. He then came to the studio and played the synth part for the recording. Nicks has said that Prince arrived, put down the synth track, and then just quickly left. She said it was like being in a dream. He would end up with a writing credit on the song thanks to its similarity to his "Little Red Corvette."


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