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Then and Now, The Fixx

The Fixx

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1980

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






The Fixx

Biography

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.. 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.

Top Albums

Then and Now, The Fixx
1. Then and Now
One Thing Leads to Another: Greatest Hits, The Fixx
2. One Thing Le..
Reach the Beach (Expanded Edition) [Remastered], The Fixx
3. Reach the Be..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Fixx (Remastered), The Fixx
4. 20th Century..
Beautiful Friction, The Fixx
5. Beautiful Fr..
One Thing Leads to Another (Greatest Hits) - EP, The Fixx
6. One Thing Le..
Reach the Beach, The Fixx
7. Reach the Be..
React, The Fixx
8. React
Ultimate Collection: The Fixx, The Fixx
9. Ultimate Col..
Ink, The Fixx
10. Ink
Want That Life, The Fixx
11. Want That Li..
An Electronic Tribute, The Fixx
12. An Electroni..
One Thing Leads to Another (Remix) - EP, The Fixx
13. One Thing Le..
Winning Combinations, The Call
14. Winning Comb..
Shaman (Radio Edit) - Single, The Fixx
15. Shaman (Radi..
Anyone Else - Single, The Fixx
16. Anyone Else ..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
One Thing Leads to AnotherOne Thing Leads to Another:..3:19$1.29
2.
Saved By ZeroOne Thing Leads to Another:..3:41$1.29
3.
Red Skies (Alternate Version)One Thing Leads to Another:..4:36$1.29
4.
Stand or Fall (Re-Recorded)One Thing Leads to Another ..4:05$0.99
5.
One Thing Leads to AnotherPure 80's3:15$1.29
6.
Deeper and DeeperThen and Now4:34$0.99
7.
Woman On a TrainThen and Now6:35$0.99
8.
Driven OutThen and Now6:15$0.99
9.
Stand or FallThen and Now5:30$1.29
10.
Secret SeparationThen and Now5:39$1.29
11.
Lost PlanesThen and Now3:25$0.99
12.
Saved By ZeroThen and Now5:52$1.29
13.
Happy LandingsThen and Now4:23$0.99
14.
Two Different ViewsThen and Now4:11$0.99
15.
We Once Held HandsThen and Now3:58$0.99
16.
Is That It?Then and Now3:55$0.99
17.
Ocean BlueThen and Now4:52$0.99
18.
One Thing Leads to Another (Re-Recor..Disco Hits of The '70s,..3:08$0.99
19.
Shaman (Radio Edit)Shaman (Radio Edit) - Singl..3:29$0.99
20.
One Thing Leads to Another (Re-Recor..101 Hits of the 80s & 9..3:10$0.99
21.
Stand or Fall (Re-Recorded)101 Hits of the 80s & 9..4:05$0.99
22.
Stand or Fall (Re-Recorded)101 Punk & New Wave Ant..4:05$0.99
23.
One Thing Leads to Another (Re-Recor..Video Hits - Songs of The &..3:10$0.99
24.
One Thing Leads to Another (Re-Recor..Classic Rock Mega Hits3:08$0.99
25.
One Thing Leads to Another (Re-Recor..Party Hits Novelty Classics..3:10$0.99

Top Music Videos

Saved By Zero, The Fixx
1. Saved By Zero
Red Skies, The Fixx
2. Red Skies
Secret Separation, The Fixx
3. Secret Separa...
The Sign of Fire, The Fixx
4. The Sign of F...
Less Cities, More Moving People, The Fixx
5. Less Cities, ...
Sunshine In the Shade, The Fixx
6. Sunshine In t...


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