I would love to know the story behind this song. The late Grant McLennan was a terrific songwriter. Bandmate Lindy Morrison once said that he constantly wrote about relationships. They’d be so intense, always creating a new song which was great for the band. According to one source, Grant said he wrote it after the band was dropped by a record company and was in immigration, having been refused entry into the UK. But really, all those thoughts just came from that? Probably not…
My all-time favorite lyric is, “Hand, hands like hooks, you’ll get hurt if you play with crooks. Your hand, that’s all he took, the world opened up for your looks.”
Bachelor Kisses was released as a single in August of 1984 from the band’s third album, Spring Hill Fair (I’ve always loved the album cover). Sadly, both the single and the album failed to chart in the UK and Australia. They weren’t known in the United States yet. This resulted in being dropped by a second record company. Thankfully, they were later signed to Beggar’s Banquet and the rest is history.
Above is the official music video.
So I was talking to a friend last night on messenger and they randomly say, “Tonight’s the night!!” and I’m like huh? Then I responded with a link to the video in today’s post. I always do that – take what people say and remember a song with the same title. I’m not really fan of Rod Stewart’s music but I know a lot of people visit here and maybe they are! So here’s to Rod for today’s post…
Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) was released as a single in May of 1976 from his seventh album, A Night on the Town. Interestingly enough, the song was banned on British radio stations due to it’s suggestive lyrics. The lyrics are about a girl who’s never been intimate before and the guy wants to be with her.
In the United States, the single went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in August of 1976. It also went to #3 in Australia.
The female vocalist in the song was his girlfriend at the time, Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland.
Landslide is one of those songs we understand more and more as we get older. I knew this song as a child but of course, I didn’t really understand it. At nearly 25 years old, I hear it now and can relate to the lyrics in so many ways. Stevie Nicks is a gifted poet and there’s so many great verses in this song.
Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I’ve built my life around you. But time makes you bolder, children get older and I’m getting older too…
Those are my favorites.
Landslide was released as a single in 1975 from the band’s tenth album, Fleetwood Mac. It was one of the first songs Stevie contributed to the band after joining earlier that year. It went to #51 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and to #10 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
The song has been covered by several other artists over the years including The Smashing Pumpkins (Listen HERE) and the Dixie Chicks (Listen HERE).
Above is the original 1975 recording off vinyl.