Tusk (song)

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Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tusk
B-side "Never Make Me Cry"
Released September 19, 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978–1979
Genre Rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:29
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat
Certification Silver (BPI) – December 01, 1979
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"You Make Loving Fun"
Music sample

"Tusk" is a song by Fleetwood Mac from the 1979 double LP of the same name. The song peaked at #8 on the U.S. charts for three weeks, reached #6 in the UK (where it was certified Silver for sales of over 250,000 copies), #5 in Canada[1] and #3 in Australia. It was one of the first songs to be released using a digital mixdown from an original analog source.[citation needed]


Looking for a title track for the as yet unnamed album, Mick Fleetwood suggested that they take the rehearsal riff that Lindsey Buckingham used for sound-checks. Producers Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat hence created a drum-driven production.

The single was recorded live together with the supporting video at Dodger Stadium (without an audience) in Los Angeles, California in collaboration with the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. The performance was also filmed for the song's music video.

The Trojan marching band's part both set a record for the highest number of musicians performing on a single and earned the marching musicians a platinum disc. Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood presented it to the Trojan band on October 4, 1980 during a game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, this time in front of a huge crowd.[2] The song was also performed live during Fleetwood Mac's concert in 1997 in conjunction with the USC Band.

The single was released with two different picture sleeves in many territories: The first featured the black and white picture of producer/engineer Ken Caillat's dog Scooter snapping at a trouser leg, the same as that used for the album cover, whilst the second featured a plain cover with the same font as the album cover but without the dog picture. A very limited promotional 12-inch version, featuring mono and stereo versions, was also released to US radio stations.

A radically different mix of the track exclusively appeared on the retrospective four-disc compilation 25 Years - The Chain in 1992.

Music video[edit]

A live performance of the song recorded at Dodger Stadium with the USC Marching band was used as a music video. John McVie was in Tahiti during the Dodger Stadium recording, but he is represented in the video by a cardboard cutout carried around by Mick Fleetwood and later positioned in the stands with the other band members.[3]


Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.6873a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.6873a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.6873a
  2. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Luke Crampton (1991). Rock Movers & Shakers. Billboard Books. 
  3. ^ "Burnish.net". Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ Giles, Jeff. "35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Tries Something New With 'Tusk'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Mick Fleetwood: my 11 greatest recordings of all time - Tusk (1979)". MusicRadar. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.6873a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.6873a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.6873a
  7. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=35092
  8. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1979.shtml
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  10. ^ "Talent in Action" Billboard December 20, 1980: TIA-10

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