Saturday, September 5, 2020

"Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3248
Date:  08/29/1987
Debut:  66
Peak:  4
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  The Mac's Tango in the Night LP started off with a pair of Pop Top 20 hits. The Lindsey Buckingham's "Big Love" got to #5 while the Stevie Nick-led "Seven Wonders" made it to #19. The latter track got to #2 at Rock so it was a bit of a surprise when it failed to make the Pop Top 10. Hoping for better results, this Christine McVie track was issued out as the third single. It was a good choice as it became the album's biggest single reaching #4 Pop, #1 AC (for four weeks), and #14 Rock. The album had already peaked at #7 back in May, but the hit helped sell more albums and by January of '88 it would go double-platinum. Eventually it would sell over 3 million copies. This song would end up being Fleetwood Mac's last to reach the Pop Top 10.

ReduxReview:  This was a solid track from McVie and it helped revive the album. Yet I'm not sure why this song was a bigger hit that "Seven Wonders." The tracks had a similar soft rock feel and I thought were equally memorable. The only slight difference is that "Seven Wonders" leaned towards rock with Nicks' aggressive voice while "Little Lies" had a more adult/AC feel featuring McVie's calming vocal. I guess it played better at AC and Pop, but to me "Seven Wonders" should have done just as well.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Christine McVie and her then-husband Eddy Quintela. The pair were married in 1986 and divorced in 2003. Quintela was McVie's second husband. Her first was Fleetwood Mac member John McVie. They were married in 1969 and divorced in 1976, not long after the Buckingham/Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac kicked off with their multi-platinum 1975 self-titled album. Despite the divorce, the former couple still remained in the band together. Prior to their marriage, Christine Perfect (her name prior to marrying McVie) was in an English blues-rock band called Chicken Shack. They were a popular band that scored a #14 UK hit in 1969 with "I'd Rather Go Blind," on which Perfect sang the lead vocals. She would leave Chicken Shack after marrying McVie and in 1970 would become a member of Fleetwood Mac.

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