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  • 21.09.2020
Fleetwood Mac star shrugs on drugs impact

Fleetwood Mac star shrugs on drugs impact

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Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie says she will never know what impact excessive drug taking had on the band's music.

The 1977 album Rumours, recorded during the group's turbulent years when their romantic relationships - mostly with each other - were falling apart, has been hailed as a masterpiece and sold more than 40 million copies.

Asked by BBC's Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young whether drugs "had something to do with the brilliance of the music you were producing?", McVie replied: "That's something that we're never really going to know."
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The 74-year-old penned Songbird - one of the band's most famous tracks, in the early hours of the morning, having taken cocaine and drunk champagne and been unable to sleep.

"I don't know if I would have written Songbird had I not had a couple of toots of cocaine and a half bottle of champagne and I just couldn't sleep, or written any of the songs that were on that album because I think we were all pretty loaded," she said.

"I think I was probably the most restrained of the lot, but I was no angel."
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McVie, who once bought a Rolls-Royce on a whim, also told how she retreated from the world, developing agoraphobia, after she quit the band and moved from California to Kent in southern England.

The singer-songwriter and keyboard player, who also penned You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies, said she barely touched the piano for many years because "I wanted to write Songbird again, so was afraid to sit down and try".

She has since returned to Fleetwood Mac, written songs again and says there is "a great feeling of belonging" when she is with the band.
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"Somehow we crawled through the cracks, all five of us, all healthy, it's amazing," she said.
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