The Fixx

The Fixx are an English modern rock band that released four albums and a live disc on MCA between 1982 and 1987. On their early releases, the band carried the sonic innovations of producer Rupert Hine to a wider transatlantic audience.

Members: Cy Curnin (vocals, piano), Rupert Greenall (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (guitar), Charles Barret (bass, 1981-82), Adam Woods (drums, percussion), Alfie Agius (bass, 1982-84), Dan K. Brown (bass, 1984-98, 2008-present)


The Fixx evolved from The Portraits, a New Wave band formed in 1979 London by singer Cy Curnin and drummer Adam Woods. After placing an ad for additional musicians, they found keyboardist Rupert Greenall, guitarist Tony McGrail, and bassist Russell Mckenzie. The five-piece debuted that year with the single “Little Women” (b/w “Easy”) on Ariola, followed in 1980 by “Hazards In the Home” (b/w “Never Let Go”).

Later in 1980, Mckenzie and McGrail cleared way for bassist Charlie Barrett and guitarist Jamie West-Oram, the latter from the backing band of (ex-Winkies) Phillip Rambow. They changed their name to The Fix and issued the frenzied, suspenseful “Lost Plane” (b/w “I’ve Been Here Before“) on small-press 101 Records in February 1981. The a-side marked their first pairing with producer Rupert Hine (Quantum Jump, Cafe Jacques, Anthony Phillips, Saga).

“Lost Plane” and another track, “The Strain,” were included on different volumes of 101’s various artists series along with tracks by fellow new acts (Thompson Twins, Comsat Angels, Modern Man). Three live Fix recordings (“Acrobat,” “Soho Alley,” “Eye for Design”) were included on the 101 release Live Letters alongside tracks by Huang Chung, Endgames, and Fay Ray. Select tracks were aired on the BBC.

Amid this newfound exposure, MCA signed The Fix in late 1981. Weary of the possible drug connotations associated with the word “fix,” the label wanted them to change their name. The band respelled their name with an extra x, thus appeasing label executives.


Discography:

  • Shuttered Room (1982)
  • Reach the Beach (1983)
  • Phantoms (1984)
  • Walkabout (1986)
  • Calm Animals (1988)

Non-album singles:

  • “Little Women” / “Easy(1979 — as The Portraits)
  • “Hazards in the Home” / “Never Let Go(1979 — as The Portraits)

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