The famous Record Plant Studio in Sausalito — where Stevie Wonder laid down Songs in the Key of Life, Metallica Load'ed then ReLoad'ed and Fleetwood Mac sent Rumors swirling — is getting one of those makeovers that will make aging music nerds weep into their four-tracking equipment. Earlier this week, Sausalito officials approved a plan to turn the resort-like recording space near Marinship park into a yoga studio and "cultural school."
"I'm still not quite sure what the business is," Sausalito City Councilman Jonathan Leone told the Marin Independent Journal. Leone and the rest of the city council originally blocked the Harmonia cultural school's plan on the basis that it doesn't fit in with the image the city has in mind for the waterfront Marinship neighborhood. On Tuesday, the city council reversed their stance with a 3-2 vote, which the Mayor endorsed because he "liked the idea of it offering classes."
The two opposing councilmembers weren't nostalgic for the Dave Matthews Band's seminal 2008 album Before These Crowded Streets — also recorded at the studio — they would just rather see more businesses that are connected to the waterfront. Like boat building or kayak tours or another place to drink sangria.
A few years back, there was an effort to save the recording space. Which is how we ended up with this video of an aging Mick Fleetwood standing outside rambling: