Tonight (FM album)

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Studio album by FM
Released 1987
Studio Mantra Sound Company
Genre Rock
Length42:34 (LP), 63:10 (CD)
Label Duke Street
Producer Michael Waite
FM chronology

Tonight is the sixth album by FM, a progressive rock group from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, released on Duke Street Records in 1987. It was their last studio album for 28 years. Further albums of live and demo material were issued between this period.

FM (Canadian band) Canadian progressive rock music group

FM is a Canadian progressive rock music group formed in 1976 in Toronto. The band existed from 1976 to 1996, with a brief return in 2006, although they had a period of inactivity between 1989 and 1994. Their music has been categorized as space rock, and lyrics are dominated by science fiction themes. In November 2011, Cameron Hawkins reformed the band with two new players.

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening, not dancing.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.


Two members of this version of the group did not appear on any other FM albums: Simon Brierley (ex Lee Aaron's band and Strange Advance) on guitars, and Greg Critchley (ex Portland Bros. and The Spoons) on drums, the latter replacing Martin Deller. Other lineups of FM were notable for not using electric guitars, therefore this change made a significant alteration to their sound.

Lee Aaron Canadian singer

Lee Aaron is a Canadian rock singer. She had several hits in the 1980s and early 1990s such as "Metal Queen", "Whatcha Do to My Body", and "Sex with Love".

Strange Advance

Strange Advance is a Canadian new wave band formed in 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were nominated for a 1983 Juno Award as Most Promising Group of the Year and again in 1985 as Group of the Year. Their first two albums, 1982's Worlds Away and 1985's 2WO, were Canadian gold selling records.

Spoons (band)

Spoons is a Canadian new wave band, formed in 1979 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. They recorded several Canadian chart hits between 1982 and 1989, and in 1983, they won Group of the Year at the U-Know awards. Their most popular songs include "Romantic Traffic", "Nova Heart", "Old Emotions", and "Tell No Lies".


In 1986, prior to the album's release, "She Does What She Wants" was issued as a single on MCA, their previous label, [1] which suggests Tonight was intended as an MCA release initially. "Good Vibrations" was issued privately as a single to members of the group's fan club. Other singles (on Duke Street) include "Dream Girl" backed with "The Real Thing" (1987), "Magic (In Your Eyes)" backed with "I'm Not Mad (Ready for the World)" (1988), and another release of "She Does What She Wants" backed with "She Does What She Wants (Front and Main Mix, A cappella version)". Tonight was written because the girlfriend of one of the singers died in an airplane crash.


The album was first issued on green vinyl as a limited edition, followed by a black vinyl edition. A CD edition was also released. The CD is augmented by five tracks from FM's previous album, Con-Test . [2] The acquisition of release rights for those tracks from MCA Records (who had reissued Con-Test in 1986, the original edition being on Quality Records in 1985) led to Duke Street reissuing the full album as a CD. Duke Street did not reissue another vinyl edition of that album.

MCA Records US record label, imprint of MCA Records, Inc.

MCA Records was an American major record label owned by MCA Inc., which later gave way to the larger MCA Music Entertainment Group, which the label was part of until its dissolution in 2003. The label's country division MCA Nashville is a still active imprint of Universal Music Group Nashville.

Quality Records was a Canadian entertainment company which released music albums in Canada on behalf of American record labels, and also released recordings by Canadian artists. The company operated between 1950 and 1985 with offices in Toronto, and from 1990 to 1997.

Tonight includes a cover version of "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys. Five other songs from the album also appeared in the horror film Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988): tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 9. [1] [3]

Good Vibrations The Beach Boys song

"Good Vibrations" is a song composed by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys, of which both were members. Released on October 10, 1966, the single was an immediate critical and commercial hit, topping record charts in several countries including the US and UK. Characterized by its complex soundscapes, episodic structure and subversions of pop music formula, it was the costliest single ever recorded at the time of its release. "Good Vibrations" later became widely acclaimed as one of the finest and most important works of the rock era.

The Beach Boys Rock band from Hawthorne, California

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound. With Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, they often incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

<i>Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood</i> 1988 film by John Carl Buechler

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is a 1988 American slasher film directed by John Carl Buechler and starring Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Blair, and Susan Blu. It is the seventh installment in the Friday the 13th film series, and the first film with Jason Voorhees portrayed by Kane Hodder, who would continue to portray the character in three subsequent installments. The film follows a psychokinetic teenage girl who inadvertently unleashes Jason from his grave in Crystal Lake, where she and her friends are staying.

The green vinyl edition came with a 6-inch by 4-inch sticker, and an order form for band paraphernalia (shirts, buttons, etc.) including fan club membership application. According to the form, members would receive a copy of a "Good Vibrations" single with a non-album instrumental version of the song on the B-side, not available elsewhere, as well as a poster and a quarterly newsletter subscription.

The cover art was a detail of a painting called "The Dreamer" by Robert Vanderhorst.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Cameron Hawkins, Nash the Slash, Michael Waite, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Magic (In Your Eyes)" – 5:12
  2. "Dream Girl" – 4:16
  3. "She Does What She Wants" – 3:50
  4. "I'm Not Mad (Ready for the World)" – 3:39
  5. "Alone Together" – 4:55

Side two

  1. "Take the Time to Dream" – 4:37
  2. "Lost in Thought (When I Get Caught)" – 3:34
  3. "Good Vibrations" (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) – 4:21
  4. "The Real Thing" – 4:00
  5. "(On the) Night Flight" – 4:40

Bonus tracks from CD edition

These tracks originally appeared on FM's previous album, Con-Test .

  1. "Just Like You" (Hawkins, Martin Deller, Slash, Waite) – 4:06
  2. "We Hold On" (Hawkins, Deller, Slash) – 4:37
  3. "All of the Dreams" (Hawkins, Deller, Slash) – 4:09
  4. "Until the Night is Over" (Hawkins, Deller, Slash) – 3:50
  5. "Why Don't You Take It" (Hawkins, Deller, Slash) – 3:54


Personnel on bonus tracks


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