Friday, April 12, 2019

"Secret Separation" by The Fixx

Song#:  2736
Date:  05/24/1986
Debut:  77
Peak:  19
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  The UK band's third album, Phantoms, was a gold seller thanks mainly to the #1 Rock/#15 Pop track "Are We Ourselves?" Follow-up singles didn't do well so the album sold less that its platinum predecessor Reach the Beach, which contained three Pop Top 40 hits including the #4 "One Thing Lead to Another." Hoping to keep the gold-level sales going, the band set out to record their fourth album, Walkabout. This song was selected to be the first single and it did well at Rock becoming their second #1 on that chart. However, like "Are We Ourselves?," the track stalled inside the Pop Top 20. A second single failed to make the Pop chart and that led to the album peaking at #30 and failing to go gold.

ReduxReview:  I love the two chord rolling rhythm of this song. It got my attention back in the day. Where the tune kinda loses me is with the chorus. It's a bit dull after the charging verse. I still like the song in general, but I think it might have been a bigger hit had it contained a more forceful chorus.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  On the CD version of the Walkabout album, there was a "hidden" track that followed about forty seconds after the album's last listed track ended. The bonus song, "Peace on Earth (Do What You Can)," was a message tune about folks taking the time to work towards righting the wrongs that they see and making the world a better place. The plea for peace on earth has sometimes gotten this track tagged as a holiday tune, but it contains nothing specifically related to Christmas except the peace on earth sentiment.


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