The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Music "Go Insane" by Lindsey Buckingham

  Man the meme is still rolling along.....

I am continuing my string of "bugaloo" songs.  This discussion was started in the "Monster Hunter Nation, Hunters Unite", back in November of 2019? it is a Facebook group with enthusiast of the ILOH "International Lord of Hate" A.K.A Larry Correia.  We were talking about what song would we use if we looked out of our window or glanced at our security camera and saw this.....

One of the alphabet bois lining up to take down your house...What would be your "Valhalla" song and you would set it up to play as you load up magazines set up the Tannerite Rover and prepare yourself.

 I figured it would scar the alphabet boys if they come busting in and hearing a song about people standing for their beliefs and willing to fight for them no matter the cost, Good Music  unlike that crap they listen to now.  What can I say, My humor is warped....just a bit. Next week will be "Broadsword"by Jethro Tull, Now Gerry a reader recommended that song,  Now that should really cause some psych evals., hehehe, some poor ATF guy trying to explain the attraction to his mother because he is imaging himself as The savior of the American Way"  instead of the initials of a convenience store....But hey it is ATF...and they ain't right.

Go Insane is the second solo studio album by American musician Lindsey Buckingham, then the guitarist and singer of Fleetwood Mac. The album was released on July 3, 1984, by Elektra Records and Warner Music Group, while Fleetwood Mac was on a hiatus between albums. It peaked at No. 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Two promotional music videos were shot for the album. These include "Go Insane" and "Slow Dancing". Neither of these videos are commercially available.

The album was dedicated to Buckingham's former girlfriend, Carol Ann Harris, with whom he had just ended a relationship.

When asked about the lyrics of "Go Insane", he explained:

"Insanity can be said to be very relative to the context you find yourself in. An example might be a very acceptable and typical behavior for a group of people in a little rock and roll microcosm, might be grounds for someone being committed if they worked in a bank". "Looking at it that way we all tend to go insane a little bit, I think that's ok. I think that's one of the things the album is saying – it is ok to go insane, it can be quite cathartic actually, to watch yourself go out to the edge and sort of reel yourself back in – now hopefully you do reel yourself back in."

Stevie Nicks in 1982

In later years, Buckingham has stated that the song, "Go Insane", was actually written about his 7-year-old (at that time) post-break up relationship with former lover, Stevie Nicks. “We were disintegrating as couples, by virtue of that, we were suffering as people. So in order to get work done, I had to go through this elaborate exercise in denial – leaving whole areas of baggage on the other side of the room, compartmentalize feelings... no time to get closure, to work things out... working in a very highly charged and ambivalent environment. So the go insane thing – would just be whenever I let my guard down and got back to all the things I hadn’t dealt with, it was almost like going insane – like I always do. Took a long, long time, working in an artificial environment on a personal level. So many things not worked through for a long, long time." – Lindsey Buckingham 

“Stevie, at some point her persona onstage was latched onto and she was in a sense called away by a larger world and separated on her own from me.”- Lindsey Buckingham 

       -I had a huge thing for Stevie Nicks back then also, and I was a teenager, between the image and the voice, and the mystique.......dang.......all I can say.

Music Video

I have found no details about the video except it is the usual 80's video craziness, and the songs was featured in Miami Vice the first season I believe.  I recall there was a box set of Miami Vice songs that featured a lot of songs that were used on the series and as I recall it was the first TV show that crossed genre's that way and it increased the popularity of music video's and the songs and the series.  Pretty brilliant wouldn't you say?


  1. I prefer old school... "Twilight of the Gods" by Wagner, part of his "Ring" series.

    Or "Oh Fortuna." One of the versions with a really heavy orchestral beat, maybe with pipe organs.

    Though "Tocata and Fugue in D Minor" by Bach, played on a really good damned 4 manual old-school pipe organ, big damned pipe organ.

    All played on a for-real late 60's or early 70's hi-fi sound system, you know, the type all the cool dads had, that make the modern stereos seem piddly by comparison. Either straight up LP or recorded on a high-def TEAC reel-to-reel. 8 big tower speakers, powerful enough to knock the dust off the furniture.

    1. Hey Bean,

      I recall doing "O Fortuna" on a "Monday Music" Valhalla song, I remembered it because it was featured in the "Excalibur" soundtrack toward the end of the movie with the Cavalry charge. I will check out the other song. As far as the big sound systems, Yeah I have one....It is a G.I thing, buy one in the PX, with the huuuge speakers, and the separate components for the LP, Cassette deck, CD player, Amp, ete,ete. YEP :)

    2. Back when Japan was the source for ultimate high-fi, as envisioned by every serviceman who came out of Japan with his baggage allotment full of high-end gear bought on the cheap (back when the exchange rate favored greatly the USD, ah, the 60's and early 70's...) Wait, back on track...

      Growing up mil-brat, everyone who went through Japan or had access to Exchanges who got good hifi gear from Japan had as huge a setup as they could get.

      And the parties... I remember people trundling their speakers over to hook up to my dad's system and then having one helluva block party. Dad did the whole DJ thing before it was a thing, either using the Teac reel-to-reel or actually spinning the platters.

      Ah... the old days... the good days... back when America fought socialists, not became socialists...

      As to Carmena Burana... the whole thing that 'O Fortuna' comes from, listen to the album and then read the English translations... They are a hoot. It's not a bunch of holy rollers singing, oh, no...


I had to activate Verification because of the spammers piling up on my blog and now I had to block Anonymous users.