Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy (1982)
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"Gypsy" is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac. Written by Stevie Nicks around 1979, the earliest demo recordings were ...
"Gypsy" is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac. Written by Stevie Nicks around 1979, the earliest demo recordings were made in early 1980 with Tom Moncrieff for possible inclusion on her debut solo album Bella Donna. However, when Nicks' friend Robin Anderson died of leukemia, the song took on a new significance and Nicks held it over for Fleetwood Mac. "Gypsy" was the second single release and second biggest hit from the Mirage album, following "Hold Me", reaching a peak of number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.
The video for this song, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time. It used several locations including a highly detailed portrayal of a forest and required many costumes and dancers. It was the very first "World Premiere Video" on MTV in 1982.
Interpersonal difficulties among the band members complicated the shoot, much as they had with the earlier video for "Hold Me". When he was pairing them during blocking, Mulcahy recalls, "people were pulling me aside saying, 'No, no. Those two were fucking and then they split up and now he's sleeping with her.' I got very confused, who was sleeping with whom."
Nicks especially remembers the experience as unpleasant. Two weeks before, she had gone into drug rehabilitation to attempt to end her cocaine addiction. However, the video shoot could not be rescheduled, and she had to take a break for it. Near the end of the first of three days, she was exhausted and said she wanted some cocaine. A small bottle that was discreetly brought to her was thrown out before she could use any. "I think we would probably have gone on to make many more great videos like 'Gypsy' had we not been so into drugs."
Those issues were strained by having to work closely with her former boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. "We weren't getting along well then. I didn't want to be anywhere near him; I certainly didn't want to be in his arms," she says of the scene where the two are dancing. "If you watch the video, you'll see I wasn't happy. And he wasn't a very good dancer."