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FM

The progressive rock group known as FM formed in Toronto, Canada, in 1976. The band began life as a duo as Cameron Hawkins supplied keyboards, vocals, and bass and Jeff Plewman -- aka the mysterious, bandage-swathed Nash the Slash -- added vocals, violin, and an electric mandolin. Those last two aren't exactly the usual instruments one expects to find in a rock band, but they fit in nicely. In a short time FM added a third artist, drummer Martin Deller. Over the years, other new blood stepped in, including drummers like Randy Cooke and Greg Critchley, guitarist Simon Brierley, and another electric mandolin player, Ben Mink. FM managed to complete a long list of albums and singles through the late '70s into the '80s, and even the '90s.

The year after they formed, FM released their debut album, Black Noise, and a two-sided single that carried the tunes "Phasors on Stun" and "Dialing for Dharma." The commendable debut album was re-released a year later, branching the group's fan base out from Canada and over into the United States. The re-release found its way in the growing market, and went gold for its Visa label. That same year a sophomore album hit the stores, Headroom: Direct-to-Disc. About the time FM began work on their next album, Surveillance, they ran into distributor trouble and a few financial tangles. Things moved along with a switch over to Capitol Records for distribution and the label Passport. Bad luck followed the group, and Passport shut its doors as well.

Over the next several years FM worked with various labels (Duke Street, MCA, and A&M) and a number of singles, a few more albums, and some reissues followed. By 1983 though, it seemed a lost cause, and the group called it quits. That would have been the end, but Nash the Slash, who had left the band years before for a solo career, brought the guys back together when he found himself in need of a band to tour with him. Quality Records gave the group a chance to do another album. Things didn't work out well, and maybe tired of swimming upstream against bad luck, FM split again in 1989.

In the horror movies, the monster always comes back to life, just when you are sure it is gone for good -- FM were just as hard-centered. So once again, this time in 1994, the group rose from the ashes, first with another reissue of Black Noise, and then a year later with the release of RetroActive on the Now See Hear label. It was probably no surprise that afterwards the group split up once more. Nash the Slash continued releasing his own albums into the 21st century, but, aside from the 2001 archival collection Lost in Space with tracks featuring Nash recording with FM, no further albums by the group were forthcoming. In 2006, FM briefly re-formed for a pair of concert appearances, featuring a lineup of Hawkins, Deller, and Italian violinist/mandolinist Claudio Vena. As for Nash the Slash, he announced his retirement from music on his website in 2012; he died in 2014 at the age of 66. ~ Charlotte Dillon
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tonight

1. Magic In Your Eyes

2. Dream Girl

3. She Does What She Wants

4. I'm Not Mad

5. Alone Together

6. Take The Time To Dream

7. Lost In Thought

8. Good Vibrations

9. The Real Thing

10. Night Flight

11. Just Like You

12. We Hold On

13. All Of The Dreams

14. Until The Night Is Over

15. Why Don't You Take It

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Track List: City Of Fear

1. Krakow

2. Power

3. Truth Or Consequences

4. Lost And Found

5. City Of Fear

6. Surface To Air

7. Up To You

8. Silence

9. Riding The Thunder

10. Nobody At All

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Track List: Surveillance

1. Rocket Roll

2. Orion

3. Horizons

4. Random Harvest

5. Shapes Of Things

6. Seventh Heaven

7. Father Time

8. Sofa Back

9. Destruction

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Track List: Direct To Disc (2013 Remaster)

1. Headroom

2. Border Crossing

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Track List: Black Noise

1. Phasors On Stun

2. One O'Clock Tomorrow

3. Hours

4. Journey

5. Dialing For Dharma

6. Slaughter In Robot Village

7. Aldebaran

8. Black Noise

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Track List: Indiscreet / Tough It Out

Disc 1

1. That Girl

2. Other Side Of Midnight

3. Love Lies Dying

4. I Belong To The Night

5. American Girls

6. Hot Wired

7. Face To Face

8. Frozen Heart

9. Heart Of The Matter

Disc 2

1. Tough It Out

2. Don't Stop

3. Bad Luck

4. Someday

5. Everytime I Think Of You

6. Burning My Heart Down

7. The Dream That Died

8. Obsession

9. Can You Hear Me Calling?

10. Does It Feel Like Love

11. Feels So Good

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Track List: Tough It Out

1. Tough It Out

2. Don't Stop

3. Bad Luck

4. Someday

5. Everytime I Think Of You

6. Burning My Heart Down

7. The Dream That Died

8. Obsession

9. Can You Hear Me Calling?

10. Does It Feel Like Love

11. Feels So Good

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I like the instrumental progressive vibe of it but i could do without the vocals
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Saw FM in Toronto in the early 70 with the original Rush, No S**T ,a long time ago in small place there was another band there to I don't remember who they were.
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Yes, they do suck. very namby-pamby sounding. Almost bubble gum.
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Cheese-rock? You're soaking in it!
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I love these guys, honestly the best underrated band in my opinion, i love everyone of their songs, havent found a bad one. Thats just my opinion though, most people probably think they suck.
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ecchh.

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