Steve Overland

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Steve Overland
Born King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts FM, Wildlife, The Ladder, Shadowman

Steve Overland is a British singer/musician who was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the bands Wildlife, FM, The Ladder, Shadowman, and his own group, Overland.[1] Overland's nearly 30-year career began in his home region of East Anglia, where he and his brother Chris formed the band Wildlife in 1980. The group were scouted by Adam Faith and soon signed to Chrysalis Records,[2] who released the band's debut album, Burning, in 1980.[3] The band moved labels to the Led Zeppelin owned Swan Song Records for their 1983 self-titled follow up album,[4] which featured Simon Kirke on drums.[2] The band were also managed for a short period by Peter Grant. The demise of Swan Song in 1983 meant that the Wildlife album was under-promoted, with an American release for the album being cancelled. Around this time, the band also recorded a song called "Shot in the Dark" that was never featured on an album. However, this tune later served as the prototype for Ozzy Osbourne's song of the same name.[5] Wildlife's version was never officially released, and the band split up soon after.

Overland next formed the AOR band FM, with former Wildlife members Pete Jupp and Chris Overland.[6] FM's first album, issued in 1986 on Portrait Records, was named Indiscreet.[6] The band's next album, Tough It Out, was released in 1989 with serious financial backing from Epic Records, which was Portrait's parent company.[6] For this album, the band brought in songwriter Desmond Child, known for his work on Bon Jovi's album, Slippery When Wet.[7] This 1986 to 1989 period saw the band at their commercial peak, scoring minor UK Chart hits with "Frozen Heart", "Bad Luck", and the non-album release, "Let Love Be The Leader".[8] The band toured as headline artists, as well as undertaking support slots with Bon Jovi, Tina Turner and Meat Loaf.[2]

The band was then dropped by Epic Records and signed to Music for Nations for their third album, Takin' It to the Streets.[6] The album displayed a shift towards a more straightforward rock approach and also included a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", which was released as a single. This was the first album to feature ex-Visage and ASAP guitarist Andy Barnett, Chris Overland having left the band after the Tough It Out tour.[9] FM's fourth album, Aphrodisiac, followed in 1992 and is often considered to be the band's best.[6] The band then signed to the Raw Power label to record Dead Man's Shoes, which featured new keyboard player, Jem Davis. In March 1996, Steve Overland and Pete Jupp decided to disband FM, forming the band So! with Wishbone Ash bass player, Bob Skeat, soon after.[6] So!'s debut album, Brass Monkey, had two very limited releases, with copies of either release being difficult to come by.

Overland has recorded prolifically throughout the 2000s (decade), with the bands The Ladder, Shadowman, and latterly, with his solo albums, Break Away and Diamond Dealer.[10]

In 2007, FM reformed for a one-off gig at Nottingham's Rock City, headlining Firefest IV.[11] This 'one-off' reunion led to a more permanent incarnation with Jim Kirkpatrick replacing Andy Barnett on lead guitar. Overland and Kirkpatrick had been a songwriting team independently of the band prior to Jim joining FM. FM have since toured extensively in the UK and throughout Europe, both as headliners and also touring with Thin Lizzy, Journey, Foreigner and Europe.[12] Three more albums have been released Metropolis (2010), Rockville (2013) and Rockville II (2013). A fourth is underway.

Overland has also appeared in the Broadway show Dreamtime, which had a successful run at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Discography[edit]

Wildlife

  • Burning (1980)
  • Wildlife (1983)

FM

  • Indiscreet (1986)
  • Tough It Out - (1989)
  • Takin' It to the Streets (1991)
  • Aphrodisiac (1992)
  • Closer to Heaven (1993)
  • No Electricity Required (1993)(live)
  • Only the Strong - The( Best of) FM (1994)
  • Dead Man's Shoes (1995)
  • Paraphernalia (1996)(compil)
  • Long Time No See (2003)(compil)
  • Long Lost Friends (2005)(compil)
  • Metropolis (2010)
  • Rockville (2013)
  • Rockville II (2013)
  • Heroes And Villains (2015)
  • Futurama(EP+LIVE)(2014)
  • Heroes And Villains (2015)
  • Indiscreet 30 (2016)

So!

  • Brass Monkey (2000)

The Ladder

  • Future Miracles (2004)
  • Sacred (2007)

Shadowman

  • Land Of The Living (2004)
  • Different Angles (2006)
  • Ghost In The Mirror (2008)
  • Watching Over You (2011)

Overland

  • Break Away (2008)
  • Diamond Dealer (2009)
  • Epic (2014)
  • Contagious (2016)

Ozone

  • Self Defence (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overland - Break Away review". rockreport.be. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "There's a slice of fun for everyone!!!". The Voice of So!. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Steve Overland Biography". overland-shadowman.com. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Wildlife - Wildlife review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  5. ^ Hextall, Adrian (2015). "Interview with FM Vocalist, Steve Overland." (March 14, 2015) @Myglobalmind Online Magazine Retrieved 9-16-2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "FM Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Tough It Out review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  8. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  9. ^ "About FM". FM. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Overland - Diamond Dealer review". melodicrock.com. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  11. ^ "FM - Back In The Saddle". Room Thirteen. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  12. ^ "FM Gigography". FM. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

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