"Not That Funny"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album ''Tusk"
B-side"Save Me A Place"
ReleasedFebruary 1980 (UK) [1]
Recorded1979
GenrePunk rock
Length3:11
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Sara"
(1980)
"Not That Funny"
(1980)
"Think About Me"
(1980)

"Not That Funny" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1980. Composed and sung by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, it was written as a response to the punk movement in the late 1970s.[2]

Background

Buckingham performed his vocal part on the ground in a push-up position to achieve the desired vocal take. He also insisted on recording the vocals in a replica of his own personal bathroom, which was installed in Studio D of the LA Village Recorder. Engineer and co-producer Ken Caillat taped a microphone to the bathroom's tile floor to satisfy Buckingham's request.[3]

While released as a single in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, "Not That Funny" was not released elsewhere. Instead, the track's B-Side, "Think About Me", was issued as the third single in North America. Like the singles from Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled release, both singles were slightly remixed for radio. While "Think About Me" reached the Top 30 in both the US and Canada, "Not That Funny" failed to chart at all. Despite the lack of initial success, the song became a live staple at Fleetwood Mac concerts. Played live, the song took on an entirely new arrangement - stretched out to almost nine minutes frequently, the song showcased Buckingham's guitar playing, John McVie's bass playing and featured a solo spot featuring Mick Fleetwood's drumming. "Not That Funny" has been performed on the Tusk tour, Mirage tour, The Dance tour, and the Live 2013 tour.[4]

For the Tusk tour, the band wanted their keyboard tech, Jeff Sova, to play synthesizers on the song in order to recreate some of the additional sounds heard on the record. However, this idea was dropped as it was interfering with his stage work. Instead, the only keyboard used on the song was a Yamaha console piano, played by Christine McVie.[5]

Critical reception

"Not That Funny" has generally received positive reception. Stephen Holden, a reviewer for Rolling Stone, compared the production of the track to a beautifully recorded basement tape.[6] Another reviewer from Rolling Stone pointed similarities in the guitar work between "Not That Funny" and a Go Insane track, "Loving Cup".[7] Raoul Hernandez of The Austin Chronicle said that "Not That Funny" perfectly demonstrates Buckingham's ability to craft pop/rock songs, and that it reveals the "staleness" of Rumours.[8]

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Fleetwood Mac - Not That Funny". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  2. ^ Harr, Douglous. "Fleetwood Mac - 'Fleetwood Mac', 'Rumours' + 'Tusk' (1975 -1979): Reissues". Something Else!. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (2019-10-11). "Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk': 10 Things You Didn't Know". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  4. ^ Mountain, Lexie. "Armed with hits, Fleetwood Mac plays with crowd's emotions at Verizon Center". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Doerschuk, Bob. "Contemporary Keyboard (10/1980), Christine McVie". The Blue Letter Archives. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Fleetwood Mac Tusk Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Connelly, Christopher. "Rolling Stone (08/30/1984), Lindsey Buckingham's Tuneful Triumph". The Blue Letter Archives. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Hernandez, Raoul. "Live Shots - Music - Fleetwood Mac". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved July 8, 2015.