Friday, November 20, 2015

"Saved By Zero" by The Fixx

Song#:  1468
Date:  05/28/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  20
Weeks:  16
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  The Fixx's debut album "Shuttered Rooms" yielded their first chart entry with "Stand or Fall" (#76 Pop, #7 Rock). Their next album, "Reach the Beach," got off to an even better start with this first single. It just made the Pop Top 20 while hitting #9 at Rock. Oddly, the song struck out in their native UK and failed to chart. The band would always remain more popular in the US than in the UK. Their biggest hit at home would end up being the #54 peak of "Stand or Fall."

ReduxReview:  This mysterious sounding track grew on me over time. Initially, I thought it was a bit boring with not much happening. However, the song has a groove that kind of gets embedded in your brain and it becomes hard to ignore. Plus, Rupert Hines' dense production is pretty awesome. I probably should have been a bigger fan of this group than I was.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  As the recording of "Reach the Beach" commenced, The Fixx's bass player, Alfie Agius, decided to leave the group. By that time, he had co-written all of the songs slated for the LP and performed on four tracks, including this one. Due to his departure, he was not listed as a band member on the album credits.


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