For 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, Stevie Nicks’ first new album since 2011’s In Your Dreams, the singer-songwriter combed through nearly a half-century of her unreleased or unrecorded material, picking out the best songs and bringing them back to life. “Each one is the story of what was going on at the time – new relationships, new friends, new Fleetwood Mac albums,” she recently told Rolling Stone, explaining that some of those stories were so personal that she didn’t even share them with her bandmates.
Last month, Nicks previewed the album by releasing the sparse piano ballad “Lady,” and here, she’s following up with “Watch Chain,” a rock track worthy of Liz Phair and inspired by Mick Fleetwood.
“Lindsey and I are American kids – California kids,” she says in a YouTube commentary video. “We didn’t know anything about style. We were hippie kids, so Mick was like Mr. Style and when he came into our lives, everybody had to up our style a little bit.
“‘Watch Chain’ really started out as a metaphor to Mick and that whole kind of English thing with the little tiny, slightly backed shoulders and the nipped-in waist. It was a good look, and it was a good look for women too – all the girls in my life, we all thought, ‘Oh, we want to look like Mick, for sure.’ So we all tried to get the same kind of jeans and little vests and silk shirts.”
24 Karat Gold will be released October 7th on Warner Bros. Records.