Sunday, July 3, 2016

"The Sign of Fire" by The Fixx

Song#:  1707
Date:  11/26/1983
Debut:  75
Peak:  32
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from The Fixx's album Reach the Beach also became their third in a row to reach the Pop Top 40. It would also get to #20 on the Rock chart. The trio of hits, which included the #4 "One Thing Leads to Another," helped the album get to #8 and sell well enough to reach platinum level by January of '84.

ReduxReview:  This is another quality track from The Fixx, but it's just not as immediate or single-worthy as their previous hits. I'm actually a little surprised it got near the Top 30. I'm glad it did as it is a good track from the band. It's just one that won't stick with you for a long time. However, when it comes on you go "oh, yeah! Cool track."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The band's leader, Cy Curnin, has been an active participant in the Love Hope Strength charity organization. It was co-founded by a friend of Curnin's, cancer survivor Mike Peters (and lead singer of The Alarm). In October 2007, the organization arranged an event to raise money for the charity and bring more awareness to the issues with cancer. The idea was to get several musicians to make the trek up to the base camp of Mt. Everest and perform a rock concert at the highest altitude on land. Peters, Curnin, and Curnin's band mate Jaime West-Oram all made the trip as did Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. It was a successful event that led to follow-ups at the top of the Empire State Building, Machu Picchu, and Mount Kilimanjaro.


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