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"F.L.M." is a 1987 hit song that became the third single released by British pop duo Mel and Kim. The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, and peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song was the title track to F.L.M., their debut album.

"F.L.M."
Single by Mel and Kim
from the album F.L.M.
Released29 June 1987
Format7" single
12" maxi
Recorded1987
GenreDance-pop
LabelSupreme
Songwriter(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Mel and Kim singles chronology
"Respectable"
(1987)
"F.L.M."
(1987)
"That's the Way It Is"
(1988)

The song title is an acronym for "fun, love and money", but was actually a play on the sisters' frequent use of the expression "fucking lovely mate" during the recording sessions for the album.[2]

Due to Mel being diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer in June 1987, the duo did not appear in the promotional music video for the song. Instead, a clip was compiled using footage of the sisters' live performance of "F.L.M", the music videos for "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)" and "Respectable", a male actor playing the role of a detective, and string puppets resembling the duo.[3] "F.L.M." would be the second-last single released by the duo.

Contents

UK releasesEdit

7" (SUPE 113)
  1. "F.L.M."
  2. "F.L.M." (instrumental/Senza Voce)
12" (SUPE T 113)
  1. "F.L.M." (Extended mix)
  2. "F.L.M." (Club mix)
  3. "F.L.M." ([original] Dub mix)
12" picture disc (SUPE TP 113)
  1. "F.L.M." (Extended mix)
  2. "F.L.M." (Club mix)
  3. "F.L.M." ([original] Dub mix)
12" remix (SUPE TX 113)
  1. "F.L.M." (Two Grooves Under One Nation remix/Chic Le Freak mix)
  2. "F.L.M." ([Two Grooves Under One Nation] Dub mix)
Cassette single (CSUPE113)
  1. "F.L.M." (Auto Mix)
  2. "Showing Out/Respectable" Megamix
  3. "F.L.M." (7" version)

Official mixesEdit

  • Album version 3:55
  • 7" version 3:33
  • Instrumental/Senza Voce 3:35
  • Extended mix 7:50
  • Club mix 5:37
  • [original] Dub mix 4:00
  • Auto mix 7:24
  • Two Grooves Under One Nation remix/Chic Le Freak mix) 8.10 – mixed with Chic's Le Freak
  • [Two Grooves Under One Nation] Dub mix 4:30

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Australian Music Report)[4][5] 19
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 7
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts)[7] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 7
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[11] 16
UK (Official Charts Company)[1] 7

ParodyEdit

In their 1988 song parodying the formulaic music of Stock Aitken Waterman, "This Is the Chorus", Morris Minor and the Majors joked that "F.L.M." stood for "fun, love, and monotony."[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Mel and Kim". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  2. ^ "Mel & Kim segment on The Story of 1987". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  3. ^ "Mel & Kim – F.L.M". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  4. ^ "Australian Top 50 Singles Chart Week Ending 27th September, 1987". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2019-02-09. N.B. The Australian Music Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 12 June 1988.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 197. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Ultratop > Zoeken naar: Mel & Kim" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  7. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Mel & Kim – F.L.M. (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Mel and Kim' (from irischarts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  9. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Zoeken naar: Mel & Kim" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz > Mel & Kim in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Mel & Kim (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  12. ^ "Morris Minor and The Majors – This Is the Chorus". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-02-09.