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, Richard Dashut
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.


Buckingham approached "Trouble" differently from his other songs, wanting the song to have more of a "live feel". He recruited his Fleetwood Mac bandmate, Mick Fleetwood, to play drums. However, Buckingham felt like there were not any takes that were solid from start to finish, so a taped loop of the drum track, about four-seconds long, was used throughout the song. "The irony of that was that the original reason for having Mick play on the song was to approach the track completely live, as opposed to my usual technique." Buckingham would later overdub some additional drum fills and cymbal crashes, in addition to other percussion instruments, creating the illusion of live drums. George Hawkins was brought in to play bass guitar. Hawkins had worked with Fleetwood on his first solo album earlier that year. "Trouble" was the only track on "Law and Order" on which Buckingham played neither bass or drums. Buckingham was also particularly proud of the spanish guitar solo.[1]

Some of Buckingham's vocals for the song are sung in falsetto.

On the charts[edit]

"Trouble" peaked at No. 9 in the US, in early 1982.[2] 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 1982, peaking at No. 31, and remained in the chart for seven weeks.[3]

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,[4] as well as Dwight Twilley and Andy Ward (the drummer from Camel).

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. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 92. 
  3. ^ 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 
  4. ^ Trouble Video - Spot the players

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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