Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Are We Ourselves?" by The Fixx

Song#:  2023
Date:  08/18/1984
Debut:  60
Peak:  15
Weeks: 15
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  This UK band broke through in the US with their first (and only) Top 10 hit "One Thing Leads to Another" (#4). It was from their platinum-selling second LP Reach the Beach, which was produced by Rupert Hine (as was their debut album). For their follow-up disc, the band retained Hine and came out of the studio with Phantoms. This first single was issued and it became their first #1 on the Rock chart. The song also did well at Pop, but it peaked just shy of the Top 10. Although not a huge hit, the single did well enough to help the album reach gold level sales.

ReduxReview:  Although not as catchy as "One Thing," this is still a good, groovin' track and I ended up buying this single back in the day. I think it was helped along by its accompanying video, which seemed to play a lot on MTV. At less than two-and-a-half minutes long, it was a quick, satisfying blast of new wave.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The origins of The Fixx date back to 1979 when college friends Cy Curnin and Adam Woods decided to form a band. They brought three others on board and called themselves Portraits. They did well enough to get signed to Ariola Records. They hit the studio and two of the tunes they recorded, "Little Women" and "Hazards in the Home" were issued as singles. Unfortunately, nothing came from them. After that, they changed the band name to The Fix and signed up with 101 Records. They released another single titled "Lost Planes," but it too failed. However, it did get the attention of RCA Records who signed the band. After a slight name change to The Fixx, the band was off and running.


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