Gone Digital: Lindsey Buckingham, TROUBLE (Official Music Video)
It's safe to say that Lindsey Buckingham was in something of a state when he recorded his debut solo album, Law and Order (1981). Speaking with Stereogum in 2018, the guitarist explained why his label was eager to tap "Trouble" as the lead single from the record.
"It was probably a departure from much of that album, and much of what I am not as much a fan of about it now is that it was kind of a reaction to the political climate in a post-Tusk environment," Buckingham revealed. "In a moment when I realized the only way I was going to explore the left side of my palate was to do solo work. Law And Order was a bit, shall we say, sarcastic as a body of work, a bit camp, maybe a bit too camp, almost verging on a comedy album in some ways in terms of the irony that was there and the sensibility. 'Trouble' was a song that was very absent of that, and that's probably one reason that they picked it out as a single."
Released as a single in October 1981, "Trouble" shook up the American charts, racing up the Hot 100 to peak at #9 for the week of January 16, 1982. The #1 song in the country that week: "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John.
The track arrived with a striking music video featuring a handful of cameo appearances from Mick Fleetwood (who provide the drums on "Trouble" via a drum loop) and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, the late Bob Welch. The clip has been given a nice shine and polish, and released on YouTube in an official capacity. Revel in the visual riot below.