Tuesday, April 26, 2022

"Driven Out" by The Fixx

Song#:  3816
Date:  02/25/1989
Debut:  81
Peak:  55
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Alternative Rock

Pop Bits:  Following two certified albums (one platinum, one gold), the band's fourth album, Walkabout, didn't sell as well and stopped at #30. It featured only one Pop chart entry with the #19 "Secret Separation" (#1 Rock). They would follow up the album with 1987's React, which combined live performances with three new studio tracks. A lone single would fail to make the Pop chart and the album would stall at #110. Prior to recording their fifth studio album, Calm Animals, the band would switch labels from MCA to RCA. It was perhaps hoped the change would invigorate the band's career, but this lead single from the album dashed those hopes a bit. While it would become the band's third #1 at Rock and get to #11 at Modern Rock, it faltered on the Pop chart and wasn't even able crack the Top 50. A second single failed to make the Pop chart. With those results, the album stopped at #72.

ReduxReview:  With a vague R.E.M./U2/alt rock sound, The Fixx returned. They were welcomed at rock radio with this song, but it wasn't quite right for mainstream pop. The tune just didn't have the appeal or hooks of their other Pop Top 20 hits. They rallied back a little bit with 1991's "How Much Is Enough" (#35 Pop), which was more memorable and radio friendly, but it didn't fully revive their career and their major label days came to an end.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After one album with RCA, the band went back to MCA for their next album Ink. The first single "How Much Is Enough" would become their last to reach any of the charts (#35 Pop, #10 Modern Rock, #11 Rock). Unfortunately, the album didn't sell (#111) and that left them off the MCA roster. The band would continue to record and release indie albums while also touring. Lead singer Cy Curnin would also have a solo career on the side. Since 2005, he has release several albums and EPs although none have charted


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