FM (UK) - 1986 Indiscreet

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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

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.

The band were 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, this is the one to get.


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