Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Stand or Fall" by The Fixx

Song#:  1227
Date:  10/30/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  76
Weeks:  8
Genre:  New Wave

Pop Bits:  In the early days of this band, they released a few singles under the names Portraits and The Fix. Although the songs didn't chart, they did grab the attention of MCA records who signed them. Now known as The Fixx, the group issued their debut album "Shuttered Room." This song was their first single to chart in both the US and UK. While it was not a major hit in either country (#76 US, #54 UK), it did get significant airplay on US rock radio and peaked at #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  I am fairly certain I heard this on the radio way back when, but I don't think it really stuck with me until after they hit it big with "One Thing Leads to Another." When that happens, then older songs start to get a little more action due to interest in the artist. It's hard to forget the arena-ready chorus, but the verse lacks a bit and just isn't as memorable. It's still a good introduction to the group.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  When they signed to MCA, the band's name was The Fix. The name stems from a term in aviation, as in "getting a fix" on a location. However, MCA balked a bit at the name as it was a term associated with drug use. The band and the label compromised on the addition of the extra "x."


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