Stand Back

Album: The Wild Heart (1983)
Charted: 5
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  • In the liner notes to her TimeSpace album, Nicks explained: "I got married the day I wrote this song. We were driving to Santa Barbara and a new song by Prince came on, so we pulled over somewhere and got the tape. It just gave me an incredible idea, so I spent many hours that night writing a song about some kind of a crazy argument, and it was to become one of the most important of my songs. I've been doing this song for years, Fleetwood Mac does it also, and I never get tired of it. 'Stand Back' has always been my favorite song onstage because when it starts, it has an energy that comes from somewhere unknown and it seems to have no timespace. I've never quite understood this sound, but I have NEVER questioned it.

    I become a different person, and I like that, because usually I make up my OWN characters, but the lady in Stand Back was not my idea. By the way, Prince did come into the studio the night I called him and told him about the song, and he played incredible synthesizer on it. And then he just walked out of my life, and I didn't see him for a long time. It was extraordinary."

    The Prince song that inspired this tune was "Little Red Corvette."
  • Nicks shot an elaborate concept video for this song with the director Brian Grant, who did many of Queen's early '80s videos. They shot the video, which had a Gone With The Wind/Civil War theme, but Nicks hated the result and shot a simple performance video to replace it. In the book I Want My MTV, she said of the failed video: "It didn't go with the song at all. It was so bad, it was almost good. I tried to act, which was horrific. We used a house in Beverly Hills that we accidentally set on fire. I almost got killed riding a horse."
  • Though Stevie Nicks is the sole credited writer, she later said the song "belongs" to Prince because he wrote and recorded the synth parts that make it so memorable.
  • Along with "Edge Of Seventeen," this is one of Nicks' most popular songs as a solo artist, played at most of her concerts. In 2019, when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist (she was already in with Fleetwood Mac), she opened the ceremony with a performance of "Stand Back." She explained that the shawl she was wearing was the same one she used when she started performing the song in 1983; when she bought it, her mother was horrified by how much it cost, but it was clearly built to last.
  • Speaking with Billboard magazine after Prince's death, Nicks said that she is "brokenhearted" that the pair never got to perform the song together while he was alive. "Had I ever in a million years thought that we would lose him, I would have made sure that that would have happened," she said. "And it didn't. So that's just one of those things in your life where you so say, 'I really missed out.' Because he should have. That should have happened."

    "So whenever I play 'Stand Back' from this day forward, Prince will be standing next to me," Nicks added. That is always going to be a joy."

Comments: 11

  • Daniel from Malaga, SpainI love this song so much, I found it when I was listening the radio in the am in my country, Spain, but I was listening a lot of music from the USA because I am going to live there some months. I love the music video with a storyboard inspired on the Civil War, Scarlett, etc. Yesss, stevie rocks, I love "I can't wait", "edge of seventeen", "rooms on fire", "if you ever did believe" and many more.
  • Tony from South Philly, PaStevie and Grace Slick are the best of the Women who can Rock!!!!
  • John# from Melbourne, AustraliaAwesome song! It sounds nice when you see the Stevie Nicks rego plates on my car :-)
  • Riff45 from Wilson, NcThis is one of my favorite songs/singer. It helps me when I need help. I'm kookie.
  • Kayla from Winnipeg, MbThis is my favourite song! I LOVE it! I listen to it every single day and when I don't listen to it, I am usually singing it! Again, love love love this song!
  • Scott from Kings Park, NyI love the song, but if you read the lyrics they don't make sense...but somehow it all works....
  • Vincent from Winnipeg, CanadaI found this song by accident through a remix of Dave Aude. I just love it now. This song was very well put together!
  • Rob from Wilkes-barre, Payes she is amazing, I wish artists more true artists like her were out there
  • Ben from Hillsborough, Njnice, nice song. very well put together.
  • Tyson from Green's Fork, IlStevie ROCKS!!!

    L. Buckingham, Calif.
  • Sara Mackenzie from Middle Of Nowhere, Fli LOVE this song!!!!!!! (no comments on this song?! come on, it's an awesome song, very upbeat and personal!) =)
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