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Album: FM SoundtrackReleased: 1978Charted:
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen wrote this song for the 1978 movie FM
, which takes place at a radio station and was the precursor to the television series WKRP in Cincinnati
. Becker and Fagen performed the song in the movie, which came at a time when FM Radio was relatively new and catching up to AM in popularity. As the song points out, FM has a lot less static than AM, but at the time, a big selling point of FM radio stations was their ability to take chances by playing lesser known bands and album cuts.
recalled writing this song in California to American Songwriter
magazine. "There was a film called FM
and we were asked to do the title song," he said. "And I said, 'Does it have to have any specific words?' And they said, 'No, it just has to be about FM radio.' We wrote that very quickly, I remember, in one or two days. And we also recorded it very quickly, too. Johnny Mandel came in and did the string chart. It was fun to meet Johnny Mandel."