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#1 RushFanForever

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 11:33 AM

Another lesser known Canadian progressive rock named 'FM' has their classic album 'Black Noise' listed at # 48 in the Top 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time.

FM opened for RUSH on the Permanent Waves Warm Up Tour, Moving Pictures Tour, and the Power Windows Tour.

Ben Mink was a member of FM from late 1977 to 1983. He replaced founding member 'Nash The Slash'.

A second FM founding member Cameron Hawkins reformed the band and released 'Transformation' which was released in May 2015. The album has been receiving rave reviews and is produced by Terry Brown.

Terry Brown comments on FM here.

FM's back catalogue has also been re-released.

Here's a couple of reviews of 'Transformation' below:

Review: FM: Transformation

Science Fiction Double Feature: “Black Noise” (reissue) and “Transformation” by FM (2014, 2015; Convexe)

Here's an interview with Cameron Hawkins below:

FM - Cameron Hawkins Interview

I'm surprised Rolling Stone is aware of who FM is. They probably would be more aware of the 'FM' soundtrack  and the Steely Dan song of the same title.

Rolling Stone quoted a 2014 interview that Cameron Hawkins did with Music Express Canada magazine here when commenting on the timeless of the 'Black Noise' album.

Edited by RushFanForever, 19 June 2015 - 11:39 AM.


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 11:55 AM

Moving Pictures ahead of Close To The Edge?... :eh: I'm not sure Moving Pictures is even prog. Oh well...

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 02:14 PM

Phasors on Stun is an amazing song... Love it.

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 04:09 PM

Black Noise is a fantastic album. I'm still listening to the original vinyl release from time to time.
Here's a fine live version and an amazing video of Phasors On Stun.


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:31 PM

Im glad somebody mentioned Ben with FM -I was abot to start this thread .. I used to see FM at Rock &Roll heaven  Toronto all the time with Ben Mink  and Nash the slash in 83

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:36 PM

cool stuff, yeah I was aware of them thru the Rush connection but like Max Webster haven't had the chance to get too much into them. Hell I'm only now just hearing Saga.

Reminds me in spots of later UK, the trio with Bozzio on drums.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:05 AM

I love them. I have the Japan reissues in cardboard and the UK remasters!!!!!

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

saw them open for Rush 5 times on the MP tour.

I love this album.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:55 PM

I gave Black Noise a spin and enjoyed it very much. A nice prog pop listen.

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:40 PM

Black Noise is Prog? Sounds more like a seminal New Wave album. I guess in 1977 it was very progressive.

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:53 PM

 ReRushed, on 24 June 2015 - 08:40 PM, said:

Black Noise is Prog? Sounds more like a seminal New Wave album. I guess in 1977 it was very progressive.
OK. "Hours" and "Dialing for Dharma" are definitely prog.

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:57 PM

 ReRushed, on 24 June 2015 - 08:53 PM, said:

 ReRushed, on 24 June 2015 - 08:40 PM, said:

Black Noise is Prog? Sounds more like a seminal New Wave album. I guess in 1977 it was very progressive.
OK. "Hours" and "Dialing for Dharma" are definitely prog.
Yeah. I'm talking out of my ass. It's Prog.

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 11:44 PM

From the Examiner.com

Posted on June 9, 2013

Black Noise proves that sophisticated 70s progressive music can be accessible

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 08:13 AM

 Rushman14, on 23 June 2015 - 01:19 PM, said:

saw them open for Rush 5 times on the MP tour.

I love this album.

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Saw them once on that tour,

Don't remember any thing about their performance. I was to excited to see Rush. :D

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 09:53 AM

 troutman, on 25 June 2015 - 08:13 AM, said:

 Rushman14, on 23 June 2015 - 01:19 PM, said:

saw them open for Rush 5 times on the MP tour.

I love this album.

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Saw them once on that tour,

Don't remember any thing about their performance. I was to excited to see Rush. :D

Interesting fact about this record. The master tapes were destroyed in a fire so they were never able to make proper CDs. I ripped my vinyl and made MP3 versions. Sounds good :)

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 09:07 PM

Never heard of these guys. Always open to try new stuff, just put black noise on my phone.. Thanks

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:15 PM

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New album from FM, produced and mastered by Terry Brown.
I'll have to check this one out. Criticisms I read sound very promising.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

Extremely rare super 8 video of Canadian trio FM performing live (opening for RUSH) at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on May 22, 1981 which can viewed here.

There's snippets of the songs 'Up To You' from 'City Of Fear' (1980) and 'Journey' from 'Black Noise' (1977).

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 11:20 AM

Just got done with black noise as i posted earlier . What a great listen! As mostly a metalhead, this was a welcome change and exactly what i look for when i often switch out. Really like the keyboard / synth work. Will look forward to listening to other works from these guys

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:44 AM

Neil Peart is wearing an FM t-shirt in this 1980 interview with the band here.

The above interview is originally available on the bonus disc of the R30 Deluxe Edition 2 DVD set.

Former FM drummer Martin Deller interviewed Neil in the October 1981 edition of Canadian Musician magazine here.

Neil has cited Martin Deller as one of his favorite Canadian drummers in the 2007 book 'The Top 100 Canadian Albums' by Bob Mersereau here.




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