"Odds are also that there's someone hot in your office you've considered dating. And to that I say: Go for it," begins romance expert Julia Allison's latest Time Out NY column. After all, she reasons, if things ultimately don't pan out, "there is always another hedge fund, publishing house or law firm willing to harbor you should you need to, um, extricate yourself." Wow, spoken like someone who has never had a real job. Maybe there's a counterargument to be made here. And we know just the woman to make it! You guessed it: Stevie Nicks.
In case you're not a Nicksian scholar, here's a quick timeline of Stevie's relationships during her time in Fleetwood Mac and her early solo career. When she joined the band, she and Lindsay Buckingham were not only an item, they were a singer-songwriter duo named Buckingham Nicks who'd recorded such cheesy delights as "Long Distance Winner" and "Frozen Love." Their debut album caught the attention of Mick Fleetwood, who headed up a British Yardbirdsesque blues-rock band called Fleetwood Mac, after Mick and his collaborators John and Christine McVie. According to Wikipedia, "initially, Fleetwood was interested only in Buckingham, but Buckingham stated that he would only join if Nicks was also invited into the group, stating firmly that he and Nicks were a 'package deal.'" Aww. Stevie and Lindsay joined the band on December 31, 1976.
During the recording of Fleetwood Mac's sophomore album, Rumours, Stevie recorded some songs about her relationship with Lindsay, including "Silver Springs" ("Time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me/I know I could have loved you, but you would not let me.") Clearly, things weren't going all that well. Shortly thereafter, she took up with Don Henley (with whom she later recorded the cheesetacular "Leather and Lace.")
But during the recording of Fleetwood Mac's experimental, coke-addled, highly Lindsay-influenced third album Tusk (at that point one of the most expensively recorded albums of all time!), Stevie took up with... uh oh!... Mick Fleetwood. Talk about an awkward workplace scenario, vis a vis Stevie and Lindsay, who still wrote and sang songs in tight harmony together. This amazing video from the Tusk documentary gives some sense of the tension. It also contains a great version of the song "Angel," the best song on Tusk and the one that speaks most directly to the issue Julia Allison's column raises. "I started out wanting to write a rock and roll song, and it started out being much sillier than it came out. It didn't end up being silly at all. It ended up being very serious," Stevie says in the video, and that also pretty much sums up the arc of most office romances, don't you think?
Take it from Stevie, not Julia. He might be cute, but it is so not worth it.