New Video from Mick Fleetwood’s Da*da*ism: “These Strange Times”
You need a program to keep track of all the comings and goings of Fleetwood Mac. Many are familiar with what we might call FMac 4.0 and FMac 7.0, the two incarnations including Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Recently, a great box set titled Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 was released (FMac 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0).
Now Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Mick Fleetwood has released a new recording and video for Mick Fleetwood’s Da*da*ism: “These Strange Times,” available on Rhino Records. The song was originally on the 1985 album Time (FMac 6.0). Few people are actually aware of this configuration with founding members Fleetwood and John McVie joined by longtime member Christine McVie, Billy Burnette, the iconic Dave Mason, and Bekka Bramlett, daughter of Bonnie Bramlett.
Of interest, Fleetwood says this is Rick Vito on guitar, although he was in the band earlier and on the previous album, 1990’s Behind the Mask but not on Time. The original recording also featured John Jones on keyboards, Fleetwood, Bramlett, and Lucy Fleetwood on vocals, and Fleetwood on guitars, drums, and percussion. Here is the original track:
The original seven-minute track has been expanded to nine, including thirty seconds of Peter Green’s “Albatross” to the end of the song, and there is a superb new video to accompany it. For reference, here is the original from Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac:
From Fleetwood’s Facebook post:
Inspired by an eighteenth-century painting, the newly released video and accompanying single artwork are centered around the idea of something greater than us, which lies at the core of our very human struggle to be our best selves.
“The project is about the energy of choice, of deciding if you want to be a part of the dark or the light when push comes to shove, which seems very apropos at this moment in history,” Fleetwood says. “It’s about how you read things, which is very important today. Everyone needs to be carefully paying attention to the information coming our way. There is subtext to everything and we need to be aware of that. When I first encountered the painting that inspired the photoshoot, it was a soul-searching exercise that I was driven to do but I didn’t know when would be the time to release it. Now I know why: the when is now.”
The spoken-word poem at the center of the song finds the narrator, Fleetwood, questioning his feelings and his thoughts, as he has found himself stuck between the dark and the light. The video is meant to be as thought provoking as the song is hypnotic, as the lyrics detail the struggle of the narrator.
“I hope the song conveys that life is about choice,” Fleetwood says. “God is everything, no matter what your belief system is. Being in love is God, no matter your creed. There’s a rejoicing at the end of the song when the narrator chooses the side of the light. The song is about all of us making that choice ourselves and the relief we feel when we are no longer caught in the middle.”
“This is something I wrote many years ago,” Fleetwood says, “and I want it to be nothing more than thought provoking. I want people to see and hear what they will in it. My hope is that by sharing these thought-provoking moments in my world that I can somehow open the eyes of others to things in their world and to the existence we all share, which is more and more endangered with each passing day.”