FM (No Static at All)

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"FM (No Static At All)"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album FM Soundtrack
A-side FM (No Static At All)
B-side FM (No Static At All) - Reprise
Released 1978
Recorded 1977
Genre Jazz fusion, Disco
Length 4:52
Label MCA
Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Al Schmitt
Steely Dan singles chronology
Deacon Blues
(1977)
FM (No Static At All)
(1978)
Josie
(1978)

"FM (No Static At All)" (sometimes referred to as "FM") is a song by American jazz-rock band Steely Dan. It is the title theme to the 1978 film FM. The soundtrack to the film won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, with engineers Roger Nichols and Al Schmitt taking the honors.

This was the first single Steely Dan released on MCA Records (which had released the soundtrack), predating MCA's acquisition of ABC Records by one year.

Versions[edit]

Three versions of the song by Steely Dan exist. The first two versions, FM and FM (reprise), originally appeared on the FM soundtrack album and the 12" single. FM has a running time of 4:50 and features a guitar solo outro. This version of FM also appears on the original 1982 release of the compilation album Gold, the compilation album A Decade of Steely Dan, and the compilation album The Definitive Collection. FM (reprise) is an instrumental reprise of FM with a prominent saxophone solo and has a running time of 2:53.

A third version of FM was created by removing the guitar solo from the end of the original track, and using the FM (reprise) saxophone version as a new ending, yielding a running time of 5:06. This hybrid version appears on the 1991 compilation Gold (Expanded Edition) and most every release after that. It is possible this remix was done so that compilations would not feature two different versions of the same song back to back.

Charts[edit]

The song reached #22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the UK, it reached #49.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

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