I have stated many times on my blog, I am a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac as a group and with the individual ventures...I consider them one of the greatest groups of all time. But I am a bit biased, not all would agree with me. I have the LP in my record collection...I paid a pretty penny for it back in 1979, I had a good lawn cutting business, I had a bunch of houses I would cut the yard for $5.00 no matter the size...and I had a lot of regular customers....it kept me in comic books and the occasional album. It taught me the value of work and money...I had to measure the sweat equity for the goodies I wanted...so for a kid...I was careful. I liked the album...and it helped that there was a "nekked" pic inside the jacket. The head was of a dog, but the pic was rumored to be that of Stevie Nicks and it was pretty nice pic. I don't know...but when you are 13/14 years old...you remember such things... I enjoyed playing the album, it was a dual LP and I liked the Songs especially "Sara" and "Tusk"
"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) and #3 in Australia and Canada. It was one of the first songs to be released using a digital mixdown from an original analog source.
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. 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.
The 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. 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.