Daisy Jones Takes the Stage

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Brooke Ion, Staff Writer

Fair warning: there are a TON of spoilers ahead

 

Originally a hit novel, Daisy Jones and The Six, has been developed as a TV show, taking us back nearly fifty years to the height of music: the 1970s. The series is set in the ‘70s, though characters do pop forward to present-day in the form of an interview. Daisy Jones is your classic ‘70s rockstar, shown on screen in flowy, floral dresses; long, shaggy hair; and a tiny bit of a drug problem. Billy Dunne–vocalist in both the Dunne Brothers and The Six–rocks an oh-so-very ‘70s double denim look, paired with shoulder-length hair and an incredibly charismatic personality. The pair go on to have something of a thing (maybe?), disrupting the band, marriages, and pretty much their entire lives. 

Let’s talk about another band who just so happens to have two frontmen that are involved as more than just bandmates, featuring a female vocalist with long, shaggy hair and flowy, eccentric clothes, a male vocalist and guitarist that seems pretty uptight about the entire world around him, and a band full of musicians planning to make it no matter what. Ring any bells? The band you ought to be thinking of is Fleetwood Mac, who inarguably dominated the music scene at the time. Their drama is so similar it’s eerie, especially between Daisy and Billy. One major difference comes into play almost immediately after Daisy joins The Six: Billy is a married man.

Yikes, right? Well don’t worry, because it only gets better. Not only do they have chemistry, Billy decides to kiss Daisy (still married, just to keep you in the loop) in order to get her to sing a song for their album, Aurora. The album–which you all should listen to–is available on major streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify, with musicians such as Jackson Browne, Marcus Mumford, and Phoebe Bridgers joining forces to write and produce songs. The drama that comes with this album is, once again, incredibly similar to Fleetwood Mac. Their platinum album, Rumours, drove the band so far apart they wrote nearly every song separately, excluding “The Chain.” So far, Daisy Jones and The Six seems to be drama this, drama that, but somehow actors and producers have kept this show lively, full of promise, not only for the band, but for the individual characters. 

In short, the show is a riveting, complex depiction of a band in the ‘70s. With the cuts to present-day characters weighing in on the scenes before you, you are completely and totally immersed in their stories, whether as a band or separately. For music fans especially, this show offers some fresh takes on the ‘70s music scene, with songs like “Honeycomb” and “Regret Me” showing off the band’s unique playing style. And, of course, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel is a must, particularly for those that enjoy the show.