Monday, October 08, 2018

FX (USA) - In Motion (1987) + In The Sky (1992)

FX (USA) - In Motion (1987)
Not to be confused with the Aussie band of the same name, this FX hails from the USA.
The project was founded in the mid-Eighties by keyboard players Douglas Morton and Kevin Monahan while working at E-Mu Systems in Santa Cruz, California, a pioneer Studio in the sampling industry.
Both brought home a lot of new gear - synths, mixing consoles, etc. - to experiment with while producing songs for FX, so the chosen name for the band is not a surprise.

However, their musical style is a mix of poppy Prog / lite AOR with a few Hi-Tech elements focused in an easy listening song format. Morton & Monahan recruited some session musicians and the project morphed into a stable yet 'studio band' christened FX.

FX (USA) - In Motion (1987) back

The first album "In Motion" appeared in 1987 has a sound reminiscent of UK Synth Rock bands with the addition of stylized pop / new wave touches that bring to mind Canadians New Regime.
There's some sonic experimentation mostly based on rare sounds, but basically these are rock&pop songs with lots of keyboards and synths.

FX (USA) - In The Sky (1992)

By the early '90s FX turned much more proggy AOR, and palatable for our melodic ears. Saga, '80s Rush, Glass Tiger or the recently featured here The Kite are good examples of FX's sound on their '92 EP "In The Sky".
As you see, the aforementioned are all Canadian acts, and the comparison arrives due the record's pristine playing and production.
This is elegant, delicate stuff with very nice melodies to enjoy.
Both CD's are impossible to find - out of print.

FX (USA) - In The Sky (1992) back

In Motion (1987)
01 - I Disappear
02 - Girl In A Window
03 - Reasons Keep Changing
04 - The Running Man
05 - Quasimodo Sings The Blues (feat. Evan Jiles)
06 - In Motion
07 - Future History
08 - Calling Out On You
09 - Man Or Machine
10 - Solitary Madness
11 - Phoenix Rising (feat. Kevin Monahan)
12 - Phoenix Rising Pt. III (feat. Kevin Monahan)
13 - Phoenix Rising Pt. III (feat. Dave Preshutti)

In The Sky (1992)
01 - I Think It's A Crime
02 - When Will I Sleep Again?
03 - She Loves In Colors
04 - Defenseless
05 - In The Sky

Douglas Morton - vocals, keyboards, sampling
Evan Jiles - bass
Kevin Monahan - keyboards, synths, guitar
Dave Preschutti - guitar
Dave DuCey - drums
Phil Rose - backing vocals

FX (USA) In Motion (1987) / In The Sky (1992)


T.P said...

Your appetizer on YouTube I Think It's A Crime whets my appetite for the FX Double Pack you've posted here without a doubt. So I guess I will find the one or other track on those albums that stills my neverending AOR hunger well enough. :-)

Once again I thank you for another amazing post, Camelblue, you, who I suppose to be the most incredible blogger of the AOR scene! Or did I miss someone else? ;-)

Bye for now,

Anonymous said...

my request

Thnks too for the review

Yes they are Impossibe to find :(


Waitin' for your file ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, awesome download! What about this? Is it an old preorder or an upcoming release?

Denise Gallant said...

I did a video for FV "In Motion" that played on the MTV Basement tapes show.
Denise Gallant

Denise Gallant said...

The Cover of FX was created with a prototype video synth 4 level keyer for the the MAC II. The picture is of the inventor, Rob Schafer. Rob and I went on to design (Rob mostly) and build (me mostly) a very advanced video synthesizer - some of the effects you see in the video on You Tube in the above link.
See more effects at
If you email, I am sure he can find a copy for you of the DVDs.
Denise Gallant

Watts said...

Thank you so much.

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Anonymous said...

Any chance of a re-up on In Motion?