The Fixx

The Fixx are a quintet from London, who formed in 1980. The group, who originally recorded and performed under the name the Portraits, had the good luck to emerge at the beginning of the Golden Age of MTV. Like the Eurythmics and the Human League, the Fixx were trendy Brits whose music videos were just cool enough to dominate the new medium. Their initial album, Shuttered Rooms, contained the hits "Red Skies at Night" and "Stand Or Fall." However, it was their second LP Reach the Beach, with its single "One Thing Leads To Another" (which hit the #4 spot on the Billboard charts), that gave the band their big commercial breakthrough.

Lead vocalist Cy Curnin could really sing, unlike so many of the pretty boy pop bands that skyrocketed to fame in the early 1980s. Credit must also be given to Jamie West-Oram, who was an exceptional guitarist . Like his contemporary the Edge (from U2), West-Oram was instrumental in developing the band's ethereal audioscapes that many of their songs were built around.

Surprisingly, after Reach the Beach, the Fixx failed to achieve the same commercial or radio success. They continued through the early 1990s, but eventually disbanded. In 1998 they regrouped, largely due to the interest created with the release of a King Biscuit concert. The group has remained together since then and continues to record and tour regularly to a devoted fan base.

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