Fast Forward – Living In Fiction [1984]

FASTFORWARD_LIFCountry Canada          

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Band Members Ian Lloyd – Lead Vocals, Bruce Fairbairn – Horns,Backing Vocals, Jimmy Lowell – Bass,Synthesizers, Andrew Kirin – Synthesizers, Patrick Mahassen – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Rodney Higgs – Drums

Additional Musicians Keith Scott – Guitars, Brian Newcombe – Bass, Jim Vallance – Drums, David Sinclair – Guitars, Dave Pickell – Keyboards, Robert Minden – Waterphone, Beau Hill – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Bob Rock – Guitars

Tracks 01. Living In Fiction (3:42), 02. Play To Win (3:39), 03. What’s It Gonna Take (3:43), 04. Tonite (3:57), 05. She Broke Your Heart (3:07), 06. Don’t Walk Away (4:06), 07. You’re A Mystery To Me (3:47), 08. Draw The Line (3:04), 09. Where Did The Time Go (3:44), 10. Watermusic II (2:28)

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Profile 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.

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. 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(sythesizers), 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, and which released two albums in 1980 and 1981.

After Holly Knight left the band to pursue a solo career, Lowell and the remaining members of Spider joined with keyboardist Beau Hillto form Shanghai, which recorded one album in 1982, prior to disbanding. Guest musicians on Living in Fiction included Bob Rock(guitar) and the aforementioned Beau Hill (keyboards and backing vocals). Hill also wrote the title track. 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. Following the lack of commercial success of the record, the band broke up.

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