The Fixx Biography
This New Wave synth-Rock driven outfit formed in London, ENGLAND, as The Portraits, in 1979 by lead singer + keyboardist Cy Curnin, guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, bassist Charlie Barret and drummer Adam Woods. The quintet became The Fixx in 1981 when they signed with MCA Records.
With legendary producer Rupert Hine at the helm, The Fixx issued its debut album, "Shuttered Room", in the fall of 1982. In their native England the first single, "Stand Or Fall", made only a mid-chart appearance on the national chart although it remained their U.K. strongest success. In America "Shuttered Room" spent an entire year on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with a peak of #108 and "Stand Or Fall" not only appeared on The Billboard Hot 100 but also hit #7 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks. The second single, "Red Skies", peaked at #13 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Around this time the band lost Charlie Barret, bassist Dan K. Brown was soon recruited to record the second album.
In 1983 arrived "Reach The Beach" and went to #8 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes listing highlighted by the terse pulsating smash single "One Thing Leads To Another" which rose to #4 on The Billboard Hot 100 and stopped just short of #1 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks; in addition it rocketed atop the Canadian official chart. "Saved By Zero" was another seminal hit for the band as it catapulted into the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #9 on The Mainstream Rock chart. The final single, "The Sign Of Fire", was another top 40 hit and helped the album to attain double-platinum certification.
One year later The Fixx returned in the top 20 of the U.S. Pop Albums chart with its third offering, "Phantoms"; its lead single, "Are We Ourselves?", peaked at #15 on The Billboard Hot 100 and hit #2 on The The Mainstream Rock chart but the album stalled at gold. The LP also spawned a minor hit single in "Sunshine In The Shade".
That same year the band had a sizable club hit with "Deeper And Deeper" which was recorded during the sessions for their third album but was used on the soundtrack of the movie "Streets Of Fire".
Next came 1986's "Walkabout", this album debuted at #30 on The Billboard 200 and the main single, "Secret Separation", earned the group their first Mainstream Rock #1 smash as well as their fifth American top 40 hit. The follow-up single, "Built For The Future", peaked at #13 on The Mainstream Rock chart. "Walkabout was the last album produced by hitmaker Rupert Hine.
The Fixx then decided to put together a compilation titled "React", the set collected their biggest hits recorded live during two concerts in Canada and three new studio tracks including the Mainstream Rock top 40 hit "Don't Be Scared".
"Calm Animals" didn't reverse their declining fortunes, released in 1988 the band's fifth studio album and the first for RCA Records, charted no higher than #72 in Billboard, nevertheless the first single, "Driven Out", shot to #1 on The Mainstream Rock list and peaked at #11 on the newly launched Modern Rock chart; its follow-up, "Precious Stone", reached the #23 position on the The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
In February 1991 The Fixx released "Ink.", it debuted at #111 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart while the single "How Much Is Enough?" made it into the top 40 on both U.S. and Canadian charts; in addition it rose to #10 on The Modern Rock Tracks and #11 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
With the same core line-up of Cy Curnin, Jamie West-Oram, Rupert Greenall and Adam Woods, in April 1998, nearly 15 years after their period of greatest commercial success, The Fixx released its seventh studio album, "Elemental", to little fanfare.
"Want That Life" followed in the fall of 2003.
The Fixx's most successful line-up, with Curnin, West-Oram, Greenall, Woods and bassist Dan K. Brown celebrated their 30th anniversary as a band and in July 2012 released their first studio album in decade, "Beautiful Friction", via Kirtland Records which included the single "Anyone Else".