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FM (UK) - 1986 Indiscreet



ARTIST: FM (UK)
ALBUM: Indiscreet
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: PRT 26827
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1993, BGO Records, BGOCD184 * 2005, Bad Reputation (France), PS813 * 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY143

LINEUP: Steve Overland - vocals, guitars * Chris Overland - guitars * Didge Digital - keyboards * Merv Goldsworthy - bass * Pete Jupp - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 That Girl * 02 Other Side Of Midnight * 03 Love Lies Dying * 04 Frozen Heart * 05 American Girls * 06 Hot Wired * 07 Face To Face * 08 I Belong To The Night * 09 Heart Of The Matter

WEBLINKS: www.fmofficial.com


Background
Light and breezy AOR, and surprising poppy for this South London band bought up in an era of British heavy metal a la Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. Primarily based around the talented Overland brothers Steve and Chris, who first came to prominence with Wildlife, a band featuring Bad Company member Simon Kirke and future big-time bassist Phil Soussan. The Bad Company influence was quite strong with Wildlife, produced by Mick Ralphs and released on the Swansong label. However, the FM band direction came about due to the obvious success of the harder melodic rock acts such as Europe, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, while also influenced by the success of Foreigner, Heart, Asia and Journey in the more lucrative US markets. No surprise then that Portrait Records ventured in and helped get this rather impressive slice of UK AOR on the map.


The Songs
Keyboards to the fore here, as the old Yamaha DX7 gets a thorough workout by Didge Digital on most songs (I used to own one of those DX7's.. behemoth things that they were!). Merv Goldsworthy's bass is fluid, and pulsing, and enables the guitars and vocals to shine above it all. And Steve Overland's vocals deliver big time. Some of the songs here are so hook laden and memorable even to this day. 'That Girl', 'Hot Wired', 'Heart Of The Matter' and 'Face To Face' are superb examples. Their classic moment without doubt would have to be the ballad 'Frozen Heart'. This song was remixed, the one on the original LP sounding a bit better than the one on the CD in my opinion. However, all in all, you can put this album on repeat mode in your CD player and you wouldn't get sick of it.


In Summary
FM's history continued on for many years after, but this debut album still sticks out head and shoulders above the rest, including their follow up 'Tough It Out', though the latter is still an important and essential album to have in your AOR collection.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 11 2008 11:20:37
'That Girl' will forever remind me of an Italian girl I was involved with at the time.
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 11:17:21
One of the best ever in the genre. AOR perfection from beginning to end
#3 | citynights on August 12 2008 08:55:48
I like this one but I prefer Tough it Out to Indiscreet IMO. Frozen Heart has a magic performance by this band and Hot Wired is another great tune, but still...
#4 | shelf stacker on September 30 2008 13:00:43
I saw FM around this time at London's Astoria supported by White Sister. After a gobsmackingly good set from White Sister, I doubted FM could rise to the occasion - but they completely blew me away. Love this album, but never got into subsequent releases in the same way.
#5 | george_the_jack on May 03 2009 19:54:38
One of the finest and most complete British melodic rock efforts of all time wiithout a shadow of a doubt.
#6 | george_the_jack on May 20 2009 12:33:43
I couldn't believe that Maiden's 'That Girl' was an FM cover until I read the lyrics of Maiden's version word after word! Pfft
#7 | Eric on May 20 2009 22:56:01
One of the best British AOR albums of the 80's. I bought the record AND cassette back then so I could play it in the car. 'That Girl' still gets me revved up when I hear it. guitar2
#8 | jeffrey343 on November 22 2013 06:13:10
This one must not have received any attention at all in the U.S. in '86, as I should have noticed it if it did. I have not found any videos for it, and I don't recall hearing anything on the radio. If I had, well, this would have been in my music collection for the past 27 years. Hard to believe I never heard anything from here until last week. Part of that, though, is that this one has never made it to the digital realm like iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, etc. (at least that I ever found). Since I've been playing the heck out of their two new albums, and since all you guys love this, I figured it was worth buying the CD. And it was.

I would have loved this back in the day. It would have made it onto a cassette that would never leave the car. Great AOR, just the way I've always loved it.

If you don't have the Rock Candy version, I recommend getting it. In the liner notes, the guys say that they're not overly satisfied with the production. I can see (and hear) that, as it is not the big sound you hear with the really big names. But it is hardly bad, and RC did a great job. What makes the RC version worth getting is the bonus tracks. A few of the songs were apparently re-recorded shortly after the album (called the BBC recordings), and these have a fuller sound. There are a couple of B-sides to the 12' singles on here that are every bit as strong as the songs on the album. There are a few extended versions too, and some live recordings. I'm not really into live recordings in general, but these are good.
#9 | gdazegod on November 22 2013 10:29:25
Both the first two FM albums are crackers! I'm glad I got these at the time both were released. Even the Wildlife album from 1983 got a local NZ release during that year.
#10 | jeffrey343 on November 22 2013 20:34:56
I did find their web site, and it does contain a LOT of videos, including a few from this album. If they ever made it to MTV here in the states, I never saw them. It is cool to watch them 27 years later. They have lots of videos for their new material as well. Interesting to see how different they look (the three original members still with the band) now. I like to think I don't look too different than I did in the 80s, but then again I never had big hair.

http://www.fmofficial.com/fmofficial/5_media.html#mediavideos
#11 | george_the_jack on May 10 2015 22:34:51
Unfortunately the band was never meant to sound this good again. Even ''Tough it out'' is nowhere near as good as this one IMO.
 
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