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At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time is “Rumours”, by Fleetwood Mac.


I vividly remember how huge this album was in 1977/78. My sister had her 18th birthday in late 1978, and I was tasked with putting together a music cassette tape for the party. I think I put nearly every song from Rumours on that tape, so popular and well known were the songs by teenagers at that time.

After listening to this album a lot around the time of its release, I must admit that I didn’t listen to it much for many years. But my interest in it was re-ignited about 10 years ago when I bought the DVD on it from the Classic Albums series. As I suggested when I blogged about The Joshua Tree last week, if you are a fan of Rumours then I highly recommend getting this Classic Albums DVD. It gives a fascinating insight into what was going on with the members of Fleetwood Mac when this record was made. I find that knowing a little of the almighty mess in their personal lives increases one’s understanding and appreciation of the songs.

I would imagine most of the songs on this album are pretty well known. “Don’t stop” gained a new lease of life when Bill Clinton adopted it as his presidential campaign song in 1996. But, certainly in the Disunited Kingdom, one particular song is probably heard more than the others. Or, at least, part of one of the songs. I am, of course, referring to The Chain, which the BBC use part of in their theme tune for Formula 1 racing (it’s the riff which starts at about 3 minutes 20 seconds into this video).

Apart from this Fleetwood Mac album the only other Fleetwood Mac album I have is a Greatest Hits album. I am very very fond of Rumours. It is, in my opinion, one of the greatest albums of the 1970s.

Which is your favourite Fleetwood Mac album? Which is your favourite song on “Rumours”?

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As my last post mentioned, I was recently on holiday in Cuba. The first public building I visited, on my 2nd day in Havana, was the “Museo de la Revolucion”, which is in the grand colonial splendour of the former residence of Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban dictator removed from office by the 1959 Communist revolution which Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara led.

The 4 cretins honoured on this wall are Batista, Ronald Reagan (the 40th president of the USA 1981-1989), George H.W. Bush (the 41st president of the USA 1989-1993) and, finally, his son George W. Bush (43rd present of the USA 2001-2009). It is interesting to note that the 42nd president, Democrat Bill Clinton, is not given the dubious honour of being on this wall. But, perhaps most surprisingly, also no John F. Kennedy (35th president of the USA 1961-1963), who tried to get Castro assassinated.

El Museo de la Revolucion

The Museum of the Revolution

Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor is the following wall. There is nothing like propaganda 🙂

The "Cretins" wall of fame

Batista, the US installed and supported dictator who was removed by the Communist revolution. The caption says "Thank you cretin for helping us make the revolution"

Ronald Reagan, the actor turned president. The caption says "Thank you cretin for helping us strengthen the revolution"

George H.W. Bush (George Bush senior). The caption next to him says "Thank you cretin for helping us consolidate the revolution"

George W Bush. The caption next to him says "Thank you cretin for helping us make socialism irrevocable"

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