Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stand Back

One of my favorite Stevie Nicks songs, Stand Back, turns 30 years old today.  We're the same age!



Stevie wrote the song on her only wedding day on January 29, 1983.  Inspired by Prince's Little Red Corvette, she came up with the Stand Back melody while singing along to LRC.  Later, Prince came by the studio during the recording sessions and came up with the (uncredited) synthesizer parts heard in Stand Back

Hubs and I have been discussing lately how music has taken a nose dive in recent years.  Aside from a few good bands and singers putting out new music for the sheer joy of it and for their hard core fans, most of the music industry has abandoned what doesn't make money and the creativity isn't what it used to be.  It's a shame.

15 comments:

  1. Oh that's a brilliant song, I didn't know the background to it. And yes I could do with some new music to listen to, but don't know where to start.

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    1. It is hard - I used to buy music magazines a long time ago and there would be profiles about new artists so I would give them a try. Buying CDs used to be so much fun! I depend on Sirius Radio quite a bit for "new" music (well, new-to-me, that is.) Richard Blade is the best DJ on FirstWave so I always discover new songs through his show.

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  2. Hello:
    We could not agree more!! Indeed,creativity in so many areas has taken a nosedive we would venture to suggest. The Arts have never been under such pressure to bring financial returns and, in our view, this makes for the lowest common denominator in everything rather than the highest quality.Where have all the patrons gone........ could be a refrain for 2013....as buying and selling money seems to be the New Opera of the day!

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    1. I agree completely! I try to support music performances and arts as much as I can. I am thrilled you two support the arts. I wish I lived in a city that is more arts-centered rather than sports-centered. I think there would be more support for the arts and people's interests would be more well-rounded.

      Hey, you had a Paula Cole line there - where have all the patrons (cowboys) gone...

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  3. Haven't heard this before, LR. I agree, there is just so much fake music out there. Not enough to excite me enough to get up there with my hairbrush, so I have to rely on the old stuff! Money, and getting it quickly is the bottom line.

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    1. Exactly. I have to rely on old stuff too, which is so much better! Or new songs by older bands/singers. People weren't afraid to be creative & different back then and take risks. The talent was extraordinary.

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  4. I agree that there isn't much really great music out there. How strange to write 'Stand Back' on a wedding day. I read somewhere once that Prince and Nicks were friends. Something about them driving somewhere together and laughing about their extravagant clothes and what someone would think if they were found in a car wreck or something. So they don't just dress that way on stage... She has such a wonderfully gravelly voice, doesn't she?

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    1. I love Stevie's voice! She doesn't have the "best" voice in the world, but it is distinct. You can pick out her voice in any song and immediately know who it is. She's in the Mick Jagger and Tina Turner club.

      I remember reading that article about Prince and Stevie! I think he was romantically interested in her too but she didn't go for it.

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  5. LR can't tell you how much I like this video...The fact that you are the same age is crazy! I will have my 30th high school reunion this year and that disturbs me! It really seems not that long ago..

    Funny my husband and I had the same conversation not that long ago.. Music today just isn't the same quality..The fact that you can just buy a song also prevents so many from listening and loving a full album like we once did.. So much of the message of music today seems to be live for now or tonight or some shallow crap like that.

    This made my day!! I keep playing.. P.s Loving the boots!!

    xo
    Kim

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    1. 30th reunion! That's awesome. Wasn't 1983 a great year? :)

      I completely agree about people not buying complete albums anymore. I think several fantastic songs are overlooked.

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  6. I love Stevie Nicks. Thank you for informing us of her writing this song on her wedding day.
    I agree about the lack of good singers and songs.
    Lately I discovered a rock a billy singer Imelda May...go to you tube and there are several of her songs, she writes and records "Johnny got a boom boom, Johnny got a band" is one of my favs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om9p0NUNlSk
    There are also some interviews with her - she opened "The Gatering" in Dublin on New Year's Eve - and there is a recording of the interview.

    Helenx

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    1. Hi Helen - thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to look up Imelda's songs!

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  7. Great song and a talented artist. I agree regarding music.. television is the same. I did not know this song was written on her wedding day! Interesting!

    xxL

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  8. Thanks for writing about this - my absolute fave of all time is Landslide which she originally sang but The Dixie Chicks did a great job on too. I am useless with music, mostly I try and read all about it in the NY TImes and the New Yorker but by then it's top 10.

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    1. Landslide is an incredible song, my favorite version has been and always will be the simple live version from FM's "The Dance" album (1997) - Stevie had perfect vocals and Lindsey B played perfect guitar accompaniment.

      Sheryl Crow did a great job producing the Dixie Chicks version.

      Can you believe Stevie was only in her mid 20s when she wrote Landslide and Rhiannon? Those songs are such classics.

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