"Hold Me"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Mirage
B-side"Eyes of the World"
ReleasedJune 1982[1]
Recorded1981
GenrePop rock
Length3:44
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Fireflies"
(1981)
"Hold Me"
(1982)
"Gypsy"
(1982)

"Hold Me" is a single by British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac. The song was the first track to be released from the album Mirage (1982), the thirteenth album by the band. Lindsey Buckingham was main producer with Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat. Christine McVie and Buckingham were the lead vocalists.

Background

"Hold Me" was written by Christine McVie and Robbie Patton. Released in June 1982 in advance of the album itself, the song became one of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits in the United States, peaking at No. 4 for a then-record seven consecutive weeks, from July 24, 1982 to September 4, 1982. (Potential higher chart placement was prevented by songs including "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor and "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band, as well as the No. 2 peaking of "Hurts So Good" by John Cougar.)[2] "Hold Me" ranked at No. 31 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1982.

In the United Kingdom, "Hold Me" was released in July 1982, but failed to chart despite respectable publicity. The song was eventually re-issued in February 1989 to promote the group's Greatest Hits (1988) package with "No Questions Asked" as the B-side. It reached only No. 94.[3]

The song is also included on the 2002 US version, and 2009 UK re-issue of the greatest hits album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac.

Music video

The music video for "Hold Me" features the band in a surreal scenario set in a desert, based on several René Magritte paintings. In the video, Christine McVie is in a room surrounded by paintings, using a telescope to search for Lindsey Buckingham in the desert. Buckingham discovers Stevie Nicks lying on a chaise longue and paints a portrait of her. In other scenes, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are archaeologists, dressed in khaki shorts and pith helmets. They find the desert littered with broken mirrors, which serve as a motif in the video, along with partially buried pianos, electric guitars, bass guitars and other instruments.

Due to the band members' strained relationships at the time, the video shoot in the Mojave Desert was a "nightmare," according to producer Simon Fields. "[They] were, um, not easy to work with," agrees Steve Barron, who directed the clip. Most scenes feature only one or two band members at a time and the entire band is never seen together.[4]

"It was so hot, and we weren't getting along," recalls Stevie Nicks. Lindsey Buckingham was still not over their breakup six years earlier, nor her subsequent affair with Mick Fleetwood. Further, she elaborates, the rest of the band was angry with Fleetwood because he had then begun an affair with Nicks's best friend, who left her husband as a result, causing serious issues for Nicks.[4]

"Four of them, I can't recall which four, couldn't be together in the same room for very long. They didn't want to be there," says Barron. "Christine McVie was about ten hours out of the makeup trailer. By which time it was getting dark." According to Fields, "John McVie was drunk and tried to punch me. Stevie Nicks didn't want to walk on the sand with her platforms. Christine McVie was fed up with all of them. Mick thought she was being a bitch, he wouldn't talk to her."[4]

Track listing

7-inch single (US) (Warner Bros / 7-29966)[5]

A. "Hold Me" — 3:42
B. "Eyes of the World" — 3:41

12-inch promotional single (US) (Warner Bros / PRO-A-1040)[6]

  1. "Hold Me" — 3:42 (both sides)

Personnel

Charts

References

  1. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Billboard". September 4, 1982. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Official Charts - Fleetwood Mac". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Marks, Craig; Tannenbaum, Rob (2011). I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. New York, NY: Dutton. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-0-525-95230-5.
  5. ^ Hold Me (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). Fleetwood Mac. Warner Bros. Records. 1982. 7-29966.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Hold Me (US 12-inch single sleeve). Fleetwood Mac. Warner Bros. Records. 1982. PRO-A-1040.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
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