Stevie Nicks’ appearance in the recent television series American Horror Story: Coven may have given rise to a whole new breed of Fleetwood Mac fanatics, but the group has been influencing bands, producers, and artists across the globe for decades. From their legendary 1977 album Rumours, to each member’s solo work, Fleetwood Mac had made their mark on music history.
In recent times, Fleetwood Mac has made a surprising impact in the nu disco and indie dance genres. Well-known players in the nu disco and indie dance scene have used the iconic group’s work in uniquely creative ways. In this month’s edition of Bootie Samples, we have chosen some of the best uses of Fleetwood Mac’s work.
1. Fleetwood Mac – Seven Wonders
Used as a trope throughout American Horror Story, and ultimately ending with Stevie Nicks herself singing the song on an episode, Seven Wonders is a track that continues to be as timeless as ever.
2013 | Indie Dance | Classixx – Hanging Gardens (Original Mix) [Innovative Leisure]
Perhaps taking this homage one step further than most, Classixx named their track–and their entire album–Hanging Gardens after the ancient Babylonian landmark that was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The duo take the opening chords of the original Seven Wonders and repeat the phrase multiple times with echoed distortion before their own beat kicks in. You can purchase the track here.
2. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
As one of Fleetwood Mac’s most recognizable hits off their Rumours album, Dreams is one of those tracks that gets stuck in your head for days. Its relatable lyrics, innocently crooned by Stevie Nicks, have become a comfort to many in the face of heartbreak.
2014 | Nu disco | Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Auto Body Remix) [Free Download]
Auto Body might not be as well known as some of the other artists on this list, but that does not make their remix any less noteworthy. They make the track completely their own by using muted and chopped vocals in place of entire phrases. The original rhythm is kept in the background against Auto Body’s glimmering production for a modern variation on this ageless classic. Grab your free download at their SoundCloud here.
2013 | Nu Disco | Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Psychemagik Remix)
London vinylphiles and producers Psychemagik have taken their remix in a slightly different direction. Adding in a subtly brooding bassline against the introduction’s percussion and whining guitar, the producer’s have added their own signature style without defiling the original’s intention. They loop a few of the opening chords to give their rendition more time to develop, and tease listeners by breaking up the lyrics before the central hook is fully realized. Learn more about Psychemagik here.
2012 | Nu disco | Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Gigamesh Edit)
After racking up millions of plays, Gigamesh’s edit of Dreams has easily become one of the producer’s most popular tracks. It’s an intensely euphoric cut that keeps Stevie Nicks’ lyrics at the forefront while the track’s iconic chords have been filled with bouncing disco elements. The edit is an instant dancefloor filler that always guarantees a satisfied crowd. Check out more from Gigamesh here.
3. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
2012 | Nu disco | Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (Lane 8 Rework)
Before Lane 8 took off with Anjunadeep, he was releasing a string of catchy remixes and edits, including a rework of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way. He uses a bass guitar rhythm to give the track a heavy disco flare, which deviates from his more deep house-oriented style. Lane 8 creates new synth stabs to compliment Lindsey Buckingham’s chorus line, giving the lyrics a funky bounce. Check out more from Lane 8 at his SoundCloud here.
4. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
2014 | Indie Dance / Electronica | FleetmacWood – Rhiannon (Roxanne Roll Rising Remix)
FleetmacWood is a DJ collective that has dedicated themselves to reworking hits from the Fleetwood Mac catalog. They throw wildly popular parties in London and LA where they play their own versions as well as other popular renditions to hoards of devotees, and this remix is one of their most psychedelic outputs. Using a live version of Rhiannon, the remix is an eclectic version that samples various lyrics as well as Stevie Nicks’ spoken word portions. Check out FleetMac Wood on their SoundCloud here.
5. Fleetwood Mac – Skies The Limit
2010 | Indie Dance | Bag Raiders – Sunlight (Original Mix)
Bag Raiders made one of their most popular tracks to date from the sped-up, shimmering opening chords of one of Fleetwood Mac’s least popular tracks Skies The Limit. The similarities end with those introductory notes, but that was all that the Aussie duo needed to fashion their most recognizable anthem. Buy the track here.