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101 Great Albums. No.3: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Released in 1977, ‘Rumours’ was Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album and narrated a drug-fuelled tale of waning love, interpreted through the gaze of a host of trembling optics – with four of the quintet in the midst of ending relationships with one another.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Two of those, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks, provided evidence of these varying circumstantial concepts on this seminal LP, with the former’s venomous ode ‘Go Your Own Way’ in stark contrast to the latter’s sweetly melancholic ‘Dreams’ – two of Rumours’ most captivating tracks, and the first single releases from the album.

With all of the shenanigans and discord behind the scenes, the sanctuary of studio life in Miami and Los Angeles provided soft-rock refuge for the group, of whom only Mick Fleetwood wasn’t a victim of protracted heartache (although he did sleepwalk his way through a cocaine stimulated affair with Stevie Nicks during recording.)

Stevie Nicks

Back to the music; ‘The Chain’ provides a glimpse into a  collective self-imposed siege mentality – the band refusing to allow personal trauma to derail their aspirations as an assemblage.

Thudding percussion perfectly compliments dynamic vocals and loose guitar strains, while a scintillating guitar bridge is routinely featured on BBC formula one racing coverage, sounding as fresh today as it did upon inception almost 40 years formerly.

singer-pianist Christine McVie’s “Don’t Stop” is another compelling glimpse behind the fourth wall, with her marriage to bass player spouse John another affiliation glaring down the barrel of imminent dissolution.

It’s not all out warfare though, with the soothing ‘Never Going Back Again’ exquisitely dovetailing Buckingham and hubby McVie’s duelling acoustic strings alongside a plethora of harmonising vocals.

The blissful ‘Songbird’ is perhaps better known by many for later incarnations from Eva Cassidy and Willie Nelson, but Ms McVie, who composed and performed the track, delivers it with typically unassuming benevolence.

Rumours remains at the apex of Fleetwood Mac’s extensive body of work, with an abstract amalgamation of remorse, acrimony, anguish and empathy. It’s no surprise that it’s the seventh highest selling studio album of all-time, with almost 40 million copies sold to date.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Max Lyrical at Ventnor Fringe

On Friday, 15th August, a collaboration of the finest talent from the Isle of Wight and beyond make their way to the south coast’s answer to Edinburgh’s esteemed Fringe Festival for the deliciously titled Max Lyrical.

Based in the seaside town of the same name, the Ventnor Fringe Festival has expanded substantially since its inception in 2010, with the woodland area (which hosts the show), a hauntingly captivating backdrop for the spoken word and music that will be on offer.

Here’s the low down on some of the acts that will be performing at Max Lyrical.

DJ Nipsy

– Plays throughout the night –

DJ Nipsy

“He’s unlike any other DJ I’ve heard” Sam Cox, a member of Putney’s RMS recording studios told me upon first stumbling upon ‘Nipsy’ during a fluke encounter after the 2013 Isle of Wight Festival.

After a short sabbatical, he returns at Max Lyrical, expect amazing beats throughout from the king of the deck-dub-math-pop-step genre!

Dylan Kulmayer

– Spoken Word/Rap: 20.10-20.30

Dylan Kulmayer

When I was 17 years of age my mindset frequently switched between subjects as taxing as how many spots I had and how harsh life was as I quaffed apathetically on Perrier water and smoked salmon.

At the same age, Dylan Kulmayer, aka DRK, has recently released his debut EP and, perhaps more tellingly, refuses to go near Perrier, content to slum it with Evian. His lyrics are also wise far beyond his years and his EP received the thumbs up from Kureen.co.uk


-Spoken Word: 20.30-20.45

Maxx Lyrical

If DxK following DRK isn’t confusing enough, this gem also goes by a slightly different version of the gig name, Maxx Lyrical, on special occasions (Bar mitzvahs, weddings etc.)

Infeasibly handsome and with an IQ of 239, the young stud from parts unknown would be Russell Brand’s meditation partner if ever the two crossed paths.


– Music: 20.45-21.10


Like a scene from the original Batman, Ba.Dow’s name crashes through the air each time it leaves somebody’s lips, rendering any surrounding pigeons temporarily incapacitated.

Having won the 2014 Bestival competition, this is the start of an exciting journey for a rich sounding band with virtually unlimited upside.

Unannounced act

– Rap/Spoken word 21.30-21.45


‘Unannounced act’ often refers to a deep panic behind the scenes, as every prospective wordsmith or person owning a beret is urged to spout some words in front of an audience for a few minutes.

That’s far from the case here – Indeed, the organisers have booked… Um… Dave, no wait, DJ Petrolhead. Well, there is someone booked and he/she is bloody marvellous, even the Isle of Wight Country Pamphlet and Joppul Junior site would be impressed!


Donna Jones MBE

– Spoken Word: 21.45-22.00


Of all the MBE’s I’ve known Donna Jones is the finest. Her gritty, honest, colourful poetry should provide the ideal contrast to some of the potty mouthed shenanigans elsewhere.

A published poet, Donna offers a welcome change of tempo to the gig and brings decades of decadent rhetoric to the table.

Buddy Carson and Emmy J Mac

– Spoken Word/Music: 22.00-22.30

Buddy and Emmy
You can’t have a spoken word event without Buddy and Emmy. Well, you can, but it wouldn’t be anywhere near as good.

The headliners are the perfect blend of silky lyricism and ear trembling melodies. Anyone who hasn’t heard Emmy J Mac live and in living colour is in for a treat, her voice is one of the finest to emanate from these shores.

The gig promises to be a special one, get your buttocks over. At £8 for two tickets (2-4-1 deal with Ventnor Fringe) it’s an absolute bargain.

Do you know what else costs £8? Carrot Top’s new DVD – Carrot Top! So, if you don’t come along then you’re basically supporting the flame haired twerp by default.

To purchase tickets for the show either phone Ventnor Fringe on 0843 289 8718 or book via their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.