The Fixx

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The Fixx

The Fixx, 2007. Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram.
Background information
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresNew Wave
Pop rock
Progressive rock
Years active1979–present
LabelsMCA, RCA, Kirtland
WebsiteOfficial website
Members
Cy Curnin
Jamie West-Oram
Rupert Greenall
Adam Woods
Dan K. Brown
 
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The Fixx

The Fixx, 2007. Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram.
Background information
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresNew Wave
Pop rock
Progressive rock
Years active1979–present
LabelsMCA, RCA, Kirtland
WebsiteOfficial website
Members
Cy Curnin
Jamie West-Oram
Rupert Greenall
Adam Woods
Dan K. Brown

The Fixx are an English rock band formed in London in 1979. Their hits include "One Thing Leads to Another," "Red Skies," "Stand or Fall," "Saved by Zero," "Sign of Fire," "Are We Ourselves?," "Secret Separation," "Driven Out," "How Much Is Enough?," and "Deeper and Deeper," which was featured on the soundtrack of Streets of Fire.

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Formation and early years as The Portraits and The Fix (1979-1981)

College friends Cy Curnin on vocals and Adam Woods on drums formed the group in London in 1979, initially calling themselves The Portraits. The pair placed an ad for additional members, and recruited keyboardist Rupert Greenall, guitarist Tony McGrail and bassist Charlie Barret. Under the name The Portraits the band issued two singles for Ariola Records: "Little Women" (1979), and "Hazards In The Home" (1980).

Later in 1980, McGrail left. At this point, the band added guitarist Jamie West-Oram (formerly of Phillip Rambow's band) and changed their name to The Fix. This iteration of the band recorded for 101 Records, releasing their first single ("Lost Planes") in February 1981. This track, along with several live tracks issued by 101 on various compilations, received some radio exposure on the BBC. In these early days of the band, West-Oram was billed simply as "Jamie West", and keyboardist Greenall occasionally used his full name Rupert Peter Greenall.

The Fix's raised profile eventually led to the group being offered a contract by MCA Records.[1] Worried about the potential drug-user implication of the band's name, MCA insisted on a name change before signing them to the label. A compromise was reached as the band altered the spelling of their name to The Fixx, and a deal was duly inked.

The RCA and MCA years (1982-1991)

Barret left The Fixx just after the recording of their first album, Shuttered Room, in 1982. This album featured the band's initial hits, "Stand or Fall" and "Red Skies," both of which charted in the US and the UK. The band found particular success in Canada, where "Stand or Fall" was an immediate top 10 hit.

Barret was replaced on bass by Alfie Agius for the Shuttered Room tour. Agius' stay in the band was short-lived, though, as he left during the 1983 recording of their next album Reach the Beach, after having recorded four tracks. Agius is credited as co-writer on all the album's tracks, but the group for this album was officially credited as a quartet (Curnin, Greenall, West-Oram and Woods).

Reach the Beach became (and remains) the group's most commercially successful album. Agius' bass work is featured on the album's first two singles "Saved by Zero" and "One Thing Leads to Another."[2] Both these singles cracked the US top 40, and "One Thing Leads To Another" became the band's biggest-ever hit (No. 3 Canada, No. 4 US). It was during these sessions that bassist Dan K. Brown joined the band. Brown played bass on the third single, "The Sign Of Fire" and continued with the band on its subsequent tour.

The 1984 album Phantoms contained the hits "Are We Ourselves" and "Sunshine In The Shade." Another song from the period, "Deeper And Deeper," was released as the B-side of "Are We Ourselves" (and also appeared in an edited version on the soundtrack for the film Streets of Fire). This track received substantial airplay on US modern rock radio stations.

In 1985 The Fixx recorded the song "A Letter to Both Sides" for the soundtrack of the film Fletch. The next year they released their fourth album Walkabout, containing "Secret Separation" (No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's "Album Rock" chart) and "Built for the Future." The 1987 album React, containing both live and new studio material, was the last for MCA Records.

1988 saw their return with a new album Calm Animals and a new label RCA Records. This album contained another U.S. hit "Driven Out" (another No. 1 on Billboard's "Album Rock" chart).

The band returned to MCA for their next album, 1991's Ink. The album featured "How Much Is Enough?" (No. 27 Canada, No. 35 US).

The post-major label years (1992-present)

Dan K. Brown left the band in 1994. Chris Tate was later hired to play the bass. This line up recorded 1998's Elemental and the 1999 album 1011 Woodland. This last album consisted of re-recordings of previous hits and album tracks.

In 2002, The Fixx performed a cover version of Nancy Sinatra's 1960s classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" for a special album called When Pigs Fly, which featured unique remakes of songs from the 1960s through the 1990s.

In 2003, the band released their ninth studio album, Want That Life, with Gary Tibbs, formerly a member of Roxy Music, The Vibrators and Adam and the Ants on bass, replacing Tate.

Long-time bassist Dan K. Brown re-joined the band in 2008. The Fixx regularly tour the U.S., and recently celebrated 25 years of making music together, accompanied by the release of the 2 CD set Twentyfifth Anniversary Anthology compilation.

With the classic lineup back intact, The Fixx have just released their 10th studio album Beautiful Friction on July 17, 2012.

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

Singles

YearTitleChart Peak PositionAlbum
UK Singles[3]AustraliaCanadaUS Hot 100US MODUS MSRUS Dance
1979"Little Women" (as The Portraits)Non-LP singles
1980"Hazards In The Home" (as The Portraits)
1981"Lost Planes" (as The Fix)Shuttered Room
1982"Stand or Fall"543337767
"Red Skies"5710113
1983"Saved by Zero"9845209Reach the Beach
"One Thing Leads to Another"863814214
"The Sign of Fire"3220
1984"Deeper And Deeper"347Streets of Fire
Soundtrack §
"Are We Ourselves?"29151 ‡Phantoms
"Sunshine in the Shade"6937
"Less Cities, More Moving People"
1986"Secret Separation"8339191Walkabout
"Built for the Future"13
1987"Don't Be Scared"32React
1989"Driven Out"4955111Calm Animals
"Precious Stone"7823
1991"How Much Is Enough?"27351011Ink
2000"One Thing Leads to Another
(J. Benitez Remix)"
54 Ω
2012"Anyone Else"Beautiful Friction

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In popular culture

References

  1. ^ allmusic ((( The Fixx> Biography )))
  2. ^ Mann, Brent (2005). Blinded By the Lyrics. New York, NY: Citadel Press Books
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 204. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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