Song Lyric Sunday: “FM”

“No static at all…”

“FM” was from soundtrack of the 1978 movie of the same name that starred Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull, and Cassie Yates. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the minds behind Steely Dan, to whom the song was credited. By this time, Fagen and Becker were, for all intents and purposes, Steely Dan, filling in the rest of the band with studio musicians, in this case Toto’s drummer, Jeff Porcaro; British jazz percussionist Victor Feldman; veteran West Coast jazz saxophonist Peter Christlieb, who had played the saxophone solo on “Deacon Blues” from the 1977 album Aja, during which sessions this was recorded. Johnny Mandel arranged the strings, and Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Tim Schmitt provided backing vocals. It’s a typical Steely Dan tune from that era, complete with jazz-rock music, extended guitar and saxophone solos, and snarky lyrics. In other words, right up my alley.

The lyrics, via MetroLyrics:

Worry the bottle Mama
It’s grapefruit wine
Kick off your high heel sneakers
It’s party time
The girls don’t seem to care what’s on
As long as they play till dawn
Nothin’ but blues and Elvis
And somebody elses’ favorite song

Give her some funked up music
She treats you nice
Feed her some hungry reggae
She’ll love you twice
The girls don’t seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right

No static at all
(no static, no static at all)
F.M.
(no static at all)

Give her some funked up music
She treats you nice
Feed her some hungry reggae
She’ll love you twice
The girls don’t seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right

No static at all
(no static, no static at all)
F.M.
(no static at all)

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for March 31, 2019. See you for A to Z tomorrow!

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “FM”

  1. Gotta tell ya, John, Steely Dan when I hear his style/songs let me say this I’m off in another world because that’s all we listen too when we’re on the road to vacationing is our Steely Dan. Ahhhhhh VACATION!!! I haven’t been on one of those in at least 4 or 5 yrs. Between each of us being sick, surgeries, and no job yep our vacations look like they’re over, but we have great memories. Cedar Point, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Ripley’s Believe it or not, oh gosh… so many places!!! Anyway, I have a question Mr. John… this A, B, C stuff starting tomorrow… I decided to do two Posts and they’ll both be posted at the same time I figured A,B,C, stuff first and the normal stuff. Now I was wondering I’d like to see what I put for my theme and I’m wondering if I could change/add to it???? Would YOU happen to know???? THANKS BIG JOHN! HUGS

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    1. We’re easy. Even if you said “I’m going to do X” during the theme reveal, we don’t mind if you deviate from it.

      Going away on vacation is a thing of the past for us, too.

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    1. I was in high school when they started, so they’ve been around almost 50 years. They started out doing mainstream rock then took a hard turn into jazz. They get some airplay on smooth jazz radio…

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