Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham song)

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Single by Lindsey Buckingham
from the album Law and Order
B-side "That's How We Do It in L.A."
Released Nov 1981
Format 7" single, ("12 extended), ("30 extended version) - (7:56)
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock
Length 3:56
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Lindsey Buckingham singles chronology
"It Was I"

"Trouble," a song written, composed, and performed by Lindsey Buckingham, was the primary single he released from his 1981 album Law and Order. The biggest hit from the album, it was also Buckingham's first hit as a solo artist.

The recording[edit]

"Trouble" was the only song on Law and Order on which Buckingham played neither bass nor drums; he instead recruited his Fleetwood Mac bandmate, Mick Fleetwood, to do so. Unfortunately, things failed to work out very well in the recording session, and a taped loop of the drum track, about four-seconds long, was used over and over for the song.[1] Some of Buckingham's vocals for the song are sung in falsetto.

On the charts[edit]

The single was a No. 9 hit in the US in early 1982. It topped the charts in Australia for 3 weeks.

In the UK, it was released on the Mercury Records label. It entered the UK Singles Chart on 16 January 1983, peaking at No. 31, and remained in the chart for seven weeks.[2]

Music video[edit]

The distinctive music video for "Trouble" features a multi-instrumental "big band" consisting of male musicians—five as guitarists and one bassist, besides Buckingham, and six as drummers, including Mick Fleetwood. Walter Egan also appears in the music video as the second guitarist from the front. The video also features ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarists Bob Welch and Bob Weston,[3] as well as Dwight Twilley and Andy Ward (the drummer from Camel). Also Tom Petty on guitar.

In other media[edit]

The song is heard in the film Just One of the Guys during the blind date.


  1. ^ Madness Fades - Lindsey Buckingham, In His Words
  2. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8 
  3. ^ Trouble Video - Spot the players

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Down Under" by Men at Work
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
February 1–15, 1982
Succeeded by
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell