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The Fixx

A London-based new wave group that managed to sustain a successful career in America for several years in the mid-'80s, the Fixx always flirted with the mainstream with their catchy, keyboard-driven pop. Formed by college friends vocalist/keyboardist Cy Curnin and drummer Adam Woods in the early '80s, the pair advertised in the music press for additional members; the remaining members of the group -- guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, and bassist Charlie Barret -- all responded to the ad. Taking the name the Portraits, the band recorded a single for Ariola Records, "Hazards in the Home," which failed to gather much attention. Within a year, the band had changed its name to the Fixx and recorded "Lost Planes," the single that led to a record contract with MCA.

The Fixx released their debut album, the Rupert Hine-produced Shuttered Room, in 1982. The record spawned two minor U.K. hits, "Stand or Fall" and "Red Skies," and spent a short time in the charts. In America, none of the singles were hits, yet the album stayed on the charts for nearly a year. After Shuttered Room, Barret left the group and was replaced by Dan K. Brown. Reach the Beach, released in 1983, established them as a hitmaking force in the U.S. The terse, pulsating "One Thing Leads to Another" became a number four hit, sending the album into the Top Ten. Reach the Beach would go platinum by the end of the year, launching two more Top 40 singles -- "Saved by Zero" and "Sign of Fire." Despite all of their American success, the Fixx failed to break back into the British charts with Reach the Beach; in fact, they never had another British hit in their career.

The Fixx returned in 1984 with Phantoms. While it performed well -- it peaked at number 19 and went gold -- it didn't match the success of Reach the Beach; after it launched the number 15 single "Are We Ourselves?" the record fell off the charts. Although their audience was shrinking, the Fixx kept their basic, synth-driven sound intact for 1986's Walkabout, which featured the hit "Secret Separation." After Walkabout, the band stopped working with producer Rupert Hine, which resulted in a harder, more guitar-oriented sound for 1988's Calm Animals. The album charted at number 72, but it spawned no hit singles. Ink (1991), their next album, didn't reverse their declining fortunes, even though they tried to update their sound with an emphasis on guitars and slick, dance-ready beats.

After the record failed to recapture their mainstream audience, the Fixx seemed to fade away before resurfacing in 1998 with Elemental, an album that found Brown replaced by bassist Chris Tate. A year later, they returned with 1011 Woodland, a collection of re-recordings of their greatest hits. Former Roxy Music and Adam & the Ants bassist Gary Tibbs would join the band for 2003's Want That Life. Five years later, Brown returned for a world tour and remained with group for the 2012 release Beautiful Friction. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Just saw them tonight. They are an amazing band live. So underrated and under appreciated. Can't wait for the new album.
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That album truly was/is their best but everything they ever did was quite good at the very least!
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Their Reach the Beach is an awesome album.......
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Love this band!! They are awesome!
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STILL SOUND GOOD HOLDS UP TODAY
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marysredrose s
They're Great, Love them..! Went to see them a couple of years ago at a small club, they still sound great.. Would like to see them again..
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Awesome song.
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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Whatever happened to the fixx
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I saw them with the Police back in 1983 in Oakland, CA. GREAT concert. I had never heard of them before, but was very impressed with them and went out and bought Reach the Beach.
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jtoungate
Awesome channel!!!
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The Gixx
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yvonne.cantr e l l 8
I saw them in concert in a small club in 2001. After the concert I went on the tour bus I felt like a teenager again. Cy was completely wasted and was taking girls in the back. I stayed up front and had drinks with the band. They were really cool guys.
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This by far my Favorite Pandora channel. Whoever came up with all the awesome songs I applaud them!
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One of my all time favorites. High school memories.
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they are in my top 5 fave bands to come out of the MTV days of pop/new wave, and they had one of the best sounding concerts i ever attended when i saw them in '00. great band!
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Love ya cy !
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Zach is a good boy
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as red skies burn our desperate midnight run smoke blinds us all in the scorching sun searching for safety by the end of a gun we loose more numbers when the enemy finds sport in their unspeakable fun with every passing day less are we to walk away facing thoughts that the end will soon be today but our lives are ours to save when there's only existence or the grave and by grace or blood soaked blade we will find a place for our home to be made and on that day we will watch this world fade away
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shiboomer
Saw them live at My Fathers Place on Long Island shortly before it shut down. Recorded live on WLIR(also late and lamented). Fabulous show! Upon learning of the impending closing, the band shook their heads and said "seems ridiculous"! Indeed.
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lasiter803
Awesome Band, have all their music
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Sweet
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Vice City!
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Got into them in high school 82 83 84, saw them when I lived in NYC area about 88-89 at the Palladium in Manhattan, these were not concerts where you just stood packed in with a bunch of other people, this was like smoke, snort, chill, groove, everything from dancing to just sitting back and drinking and oh yea by the way The Fixx is playing..... . T h i s is registered in my hard drive as one of the coolest nights ever...... (Ever).
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when hearing the call you make a stand or fall gather your will for they come for the kill your heart hard like steel, shatters before this butchers bill battle breaks and every given is met with take the cost rises high in small mistakes death begins to stack as nerves slowly crack and blood paints clay before last day odds counted in waver when luck grants favor and the price seems to high to fill but you close the deal with your foes life in purchase holding your ground till time stands still
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Great band great songs good memories
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What about their greatest song... Stand or Fall? It's a masterpiece.
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I want the lyrics back dammit!
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Love how the bio doesn't even mention the song DEEPER AND DEEPER as an 80's hit for them
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The po po sucked 1st album was EH...
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(the police are good too)
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Also love The Fixx!
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omg i just listened to depeche grab all you can IT WAS AWESOME
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coleman3.edw i n
Great memories from college days. Love this band!
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Love, the 80 hits the music. Gene
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tabalkru
Literally, my favorite band since Red Skies. Seen them 4x and always enjoy their show. Not sure what happened in terms of commercial success, they remain underrated.
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Love The Fixx!
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Still a favorite of mine, and they still tour North America every year (as can be evidenced by some of the comments below). The 2012 released Beautiful Friction album is excellent, by the way.
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just a ending just a beginning just a knowing of things condencendin g for all ones past will be their future but not a concequence for every action doesn't mean much only such waste in the hear and now
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mgreen449
Fixx were terrific last night at Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem, Pa. Amazing!
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Just saw the Fixx at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA... small venue and the band really rocked. About 250 to 300 in the audience. Still sounded as good as they ever have.
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I love the album Reach the Beach. Red Skys at Night is great! By the way: The Fixx station on Pandora is by far the best. Includes great stuff by Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and lots of my other favorite 80s groups. I remember one day in the late 90s when Raging Waters in San Dimas played the album Reach the Beach on loop ALL DAY LONG - it was a great day.
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One thing leads to another, I remember this lol :-)
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I still remember the words after all these years. Like the positive comments about the Fixx
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mrazmeritsa
One of my favorite bands...awes o m e .
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This music began the best period of my life. When life gets to be REALLY no fun (a lot these days), I listen to these groups and remember when it was all ahead of me.... I would sure do it differently if I could...
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Seeing them in two weeks! Great band.
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So love stand or fall
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The Fixx - I love Red Sky!
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The Fixx was in.
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