Fast Forward (band)

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Fast Forward
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Pop
Years active 1984 (1984)–1984 (1984)
Labels Island
Associated acts Stories, Bryan Adams, Spider, Shanghai, The Jetsonz
Past members Ian Lloyd
Bruce Fairbairn
Jim Vallance
Jimmy Lowell
Andrew Kirin
Patrick Mahassen

Fast Forward was a Canadian band formed in 1984 in Vancouver. Featuring Ian Lloyd, former lead singer of Stories and a solo artist, the band released one album, Living in Fiction.


Prior to the formation of Fast Forward, Ian Lloyd, had developed a solo career, following the breakup of Lloyd's former band, Stories, in 1974. Lloyd released three solo albums between 1976 and 1980, including 3WC (Third Wave Civilization), in 1980. The 3WC album was notable for its inclusion of Lloyd's cover of "Straight from the Heart", three years prior to Bryan Adams releasing his own version, to worldwide acclaim. It also was co-produced by Bruce Fairbairn and featured Adams' then songwriting partner, Jim Vallance, contributing many of the songs and playing drums.[1]

Many of the people involved with 3WC in 1980 returned to become involved with the Fast Forward project in 1984. The project was initially to be another Ian Lloyd solo album, but Lloyd requested that it be recognized as a band effort. The recording band was primarily Bryan Adams' band.[2] The album, Living in Fiction was co-produced by Bruce Fairbairn and Ian Lloyd. Bruce Fairbairn also contributed horns and backing vocals, as a principal member of the band, which also included Jimmy Lowell (bass and synthesizers), Andrew Kirin (synthesizers), Patrick Mahassen (guitar, backing vocals) and Jim Vallance (credited as Rodney Higgs), (drums). Lowell had previously been a member of Spider, a band that also included Holly Knight and Anton Fig,[3] and which released two albums in 1980 and 1981.[4] After Holly Knight left the band to pursue a solo career, Lowell and the remaining members of Spider joined with keyboardist Beau Hill to form Shanghai, which recorded one album in 1982, prior to disbanding.[5] Guest musicians on Living in Fiction included Bob Rock (guitar) and the aforementioned Beau Hill (keyboards and backing vocals).[6] Hill also wrote the title track.[7]

The band appeared to be primarily a studio band. One video was released for "What's It Gonna Take" and there was one live band performance on Canadian radio.[2] Following the lack of commercial success of the record, the band broke up.

Post-Fast Forward[edit]

After the breakup of Fast Forward, Ian Lloyd continued his solo career, while the rest of the band members also continued in music.

Bruce Fairbairn continued as a musician and record producer, and was particularly notable as the producer of Permanent Vacation (1987), the comeback album for Aerosmith, among other Aerosmith albums, and other notable albums. Fairbairn died suddenly in 1999, at the age of 49. Jim Vallance contributed to various albums, such as those of Aerosmith, as a songwriter and musician, in addition to his songwriting with Bryan Adams.

Guitarist Patrick Mahassen later contributed a co-written song to Loverboy.[8] Mahassen, using the name Patrick Mason, also made a name for himself as a member and touring musician for a succession of Swiss hard rock bands, Crown, briefly Krokus, and China, with whom he recorded the 1989 Sign in the Sky album as lead vocalist. Following a ten-year career as a musician, Mahassen developed an international communications career, including a position as Switzerland resources director for Transparency International.[9]

Andrew Kirin, a stage name for Andrew Krehel, became a noted jazz accompanyist, as well as a member of new wave band The Jetsonz. Kirin died in 2007.[10]


  1. ^ Allmusic, Credits to 3WC Third Wave Civilization. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  2. ^ a b Comments of Ian Lloyd, October 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ Allmusic, Group composition of Spider (band). Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  4. ^ Allmusic, Spider discography. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  5. ^ Uncredited, Amanda "Blue" Leigh, Biography of Amanda "Blue" Leigh. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  6. ^ Allmusic, Credits to Living in Fiction. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  7. ^ Allmusic, Song credits to Living in Fiction. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  8. ^ "Friday Night", from the Lovin' Every Minute of It album (1986)[verification needed]
  9. ^ Transparency International, Profile of Patrick Mahassen. "About Us", Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  10. ^ David Schwab blog, Reproduced Obituary Notice for Andrew Krehel, June 21, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-24.