The Fixx Biography

This durable UK new wave band originally comprised Cy Curnin (13 December 1957; vocals/guitar), Adam Woods (8 April 1953; drums), Rupert Greenall (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (guitar) and Charlie Barret (bass). They formed at the turn of the 80s when college friends Curnin and Woods made the decision to pursue music as a full-time vocation. After advertising in the music press for new members, the band released a ‘one off’ single for Ariola Records ‘Hazards In The Home’ credited as ‘The Portraits’. A year later with a more complete line-up, they changed their name to the Fixx, and recorded the quirky ‘Lost Planes’ which led to the band’s signing with MCA Records. Their debut album Shuttered Room remained on the US album chart for over a year, but UK reaction was less than enthusiastic and the album and subsequent releases suffered the same fate in their home country. Reach The Beach was released in 1983 and earned platinum status in the US, and marked the recording debut of Dan K. Brown (b. 4 June 1951), who had replaced Barret.

In 1984, the Fixx’s contribution to the soundtrack of the movie Streets Of Fire was probably the most interesting. Further success followed with a string of single and album hits in America and Europe, with the band proving themselves to be musicians able to maintain credibility and longevity through a willingness to change with the times without compromising their creative vision. Their commercial fortunes had declined by the late 80s. Following the critical backlash that greeted 1991’s dance-orientated Ink the band remained quiet for several years. They returned to the studio in the late 90s.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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