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The Fixx – In Concert – 1984 – Past Daily Soundbooth

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The Fixx – Live At The Bayfront Theatre, Miami Florida – November 27, 1984 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

The Fixx to end the week – recorded live at The Bayfront Theatre, Miami on November 27, 1984.

The Fixx were the right band at the right time – that combination of New Wave and MTV fit like a glove and they rode the crest of a huge wave in the early 1980s, becoming household names, particularly in America.

The Fixx were founded in 1979. The band’s hits include “One Thing Leads to Another”, “Saved by Zero”, “Are We Ourselves?”, and “Secret Separation”, all of which made the U.S. Top 20, as well as early MTV Video hits “Red Skies” and “Stand or Fall” and mainstream rock chart hits “Driven Out” and “Deeper and Deeper”, the latter of which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1984 film Streets of Fire.

College friends Cy Curnin on vocals and Adam Woods on drums formed the group in London in 1979, initially calling themselves Portraits. The pair placed an ad for additional members, and recruited keyboardist Rupert Greenall, guitarist Tony McGrail and bassist Russell Mckenzie, the last of whom was later replaced by Charlie Barrett and even later by Alfie Agius. Portraits issued two singles for Ariola Records: “Little Women” (1979), and “Hazards In The Home” (1980).

Their second album Reach the Beach, produced by star producer, Rupert Hine, became the group’s most commercially successful album and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on 5 January 1984. Agius’ bass work is featured on the album’s first two singles “Saved by Zero” and “One Thing Leads to Another.” Both these singles cracked the US top 40, and “One Thing Leads To Another” became the band’s biggest-ever hit (No. 1 Canada, No. 4 US). It was during these sessions that bassist Dan K. Brown joined the band. Brown played bass on the third top 40 single from the album, “The Sign Of Fire” and continued with the band on its subsequent tour. Brown became a full member of the band thereafter.

Curnin and West-Oram played on “I Might Have Been Queen” and “Better Be Good To Me” by Tina Turner on her 1984 album Private Dancer.

The 1984 album Phantoms contained the hits “Are We Ourselves?” (#29 Can.), the first video in which a mobile phone ever appeared (a modified Motorola KR999), and “Sunshine In The Shade.” Another single, “Deeper And Deeper,” was initially released as the B-side of “Are We Ourselves?” (and also appeared in an edited version on the soundtrack for the film Streets of Fire). This track received substantial airplay on U.S. and Canadian modern rock radio stations.

As a reminder of that pivotal year 1984, here is a concert they did in Miami, promoting their 3rd studio album Phantoms at the Bayfront Theatre on November 27, 1984.

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