Think About Me

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"Think About Me"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album ''Tusk"
B-side "Save Me a Place"
Released March 1980
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 2:44
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Not That Funny"
(1979)
Think About Me
(1980)
"Sisters of the Moon"
(1980)

"Think About Me" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in March 1980. The song was composed by Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie. It, along with "Not That Funny" were the first "Tusk" singles released in their remixed form.

The song peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 24 on Canada's RPM Top 100 Singles chart.[1][2]

Even though "Think About Me" was a Top 20 hit, it was not included in the 1988 album Greatest Hits[3] but was included in the 2002 album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac played the song for the first time live in over 25 years for their Australian leg of the "On with the Show tour" in Sydney. Christine McVie, who introduced the song, said this about its inclusion in the setlist; “It was released as a single, although I don’t think it did do terribly well. But we like it.”[4]

Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers recorded a cover version of the song for the 2012 compilation album Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The version features backward-sounding guitars and Carl Newman on lead vocals.[5]

Reception[edit]

In 1979, Ed Harrison of Billboard called the song "a more rocking, guitar punctuated tune backed with superb harmonies" and complimented McVie's songwriting.[6] Steve Morse of The Boston Globe gave the single a positive review, calling "predictably bouncy".[7]

In 2003, Rob Brunner of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a positive review, noting that it was a "must" and "fascinating mess, full of enough good songs", "Think About Me" included.

In 2010, Alfred Soto of PopMatters described the song as "the unlikeliest of things: a McVie rocker." Soto called it "a near-perfect punk number that snuck in below the radar" and that it was "anchored by her electric piano, (Lindsey) Buckingham's fuzzed-up 'Day Tripper'-esque riff," and "the most sarcastic lyrics of McVie's career," referring to the couplet, “I don’t hold you down/Maybe that’s why you’re around.”[8]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart (RPM)[2] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Think About Me' - Fleetwood Mac - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. 33 (9). May 24, 1980. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 414. ISBN 087930653X. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fleetwood Mac kicks off Australian tour". Stevie Nicks Info. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Adams, Gregory (June 19, 2012). "The New Pornographers - 'Think About Me' (Fleetwood Mac cover)". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Ed. Closeup, October 27, 1979, Billboard, p. 90
  7. ^ Morse, Steve. "'Tusk' rates a hat's off", October 15, 1979, p. 27
  8. ^ Soto, Alfred (March 9, 2010). "Christine McVie's Warm Ways". PopMatters. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Fleetwood Mac. Retrieved December 23, 2012.

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