FM In-depth Biography
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 an artist called 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 it formed, FM} released its 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 the band began work on its next album, Surveillance}, it 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 re-issues 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} is just as hard centered. So once again, this time in 1994, the group rose from the ashes, first with another re-issue of Black Noise}, and then a year later with the release of RetroActive} on the Now See Hear label}. It should be no surprise that afterwards the group split up once more. But be careful stepping around the corpse, it might rise yet again. ~ Charlotte Dillon, All Music Guide