FM (Canadian band)

FM is a Canadian progressive rock music group formed in 1976 in Toronto, by Cameron Hawkins and Jeff Plewman (renamed Nash the Slash). The band existed from 1976 to 1989, 1994–1996, 2006, and 2011–present. They have had periods of inactivity during their existence. Their music has been categorized as space rock, and lyrics are dominated by science fiction themes. In November 2011, Hawkins reformed the band with two new players.

Canadian rock band formed 1976

Co-founder Jeff Plewman (here as Nash the Slash) at the 2008 Friendship Festival
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Progressive rock, space rock
Years active 1976–1989, 1994–1996, 2006, 2011–present
Labels CBC, Labyrinth, Visa, Passport, Quality, MCA, Duke Street, Now See Hear, Esoteric Recordings
Members Cameron Hawkins
Paul DeLong
Aaron Solomon
Ed Bernard
Past members Nash the Slash
Martin Deller
Ben Mink
Simon Brierly
Greg Critchley
Randy Cooke
Martin Shaw
Paul Marangoni
Claudio Vena
Ivana Popovic

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The band’s original 1976 lineup consisted of two people: Cameron Hawkins on synthesizer, occasional bass guitar, and lead vocals, and Jeff Plewman (later known as Nash The Slash) on electric violin, electric mandolin, and backing vocals. The group did not use guitars. The duo first met each other while jamming with a band called Clear.[1]

The group first recorded in July 1976.[2] A few months later, TVOntario recorded an in-studio performance for the Night Music Concert TV show, first broadcast on November 3. It is very likely this was also the date of recording. The half-hour show, shown with no commercial breaks, presented the band playing three long pieces: “Phasors on Stun”, “One O’Clock Tomorrow”, and “Black Noise”. It also included a nonsensical biography of the group resembling free-association poetry, recited by David Pritchard (electronic musician, record producer, and CHUM-FM DJ, 1960s-1970s), accompanied by electronic background music and a collage of photos and artwork by Paul Till, appearing between the first and second songs. Neither this music, nor any performances by the original two-person lineup, were released on an album until 2001.

FM’s first public performance took place in November 1976 at the A Space art gallery in Toronto shortly after the TV show first aired.[3]

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