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So last week I'm surfing on the wifes Facebook page and a "you might be interested in"  came up The FIXX has new album out and they are touring.   

It has been some 40 years ago since I last saw The FIXX.  I have seen them a couple of times - once at  98 KZEW "The Home of Rock and Roll"  ZOOWORLD which also had Jon Butcher playing at (I think) The Dallas Convention Center for free.   Not a band I would listen too everyday but one that has been in and out of rotation over the past several decades.

At any rate, they were coming to Dallas at the Granada Theater that week less than five days, this past Friday night.  Tickets were almost sold out and it was a smaller venue.  I told the wife we are going, as I would like to see this band again to see how they held up over the past forty years. 

THE BAND

Still the classic line up.   Cy Curnin on lead vocals, Jamie West - Oram Guitars, Dan K. Brown bass, Rupert Greenall Keyboards and Adam Woods on drums.    The first thing I noticed was how F*&king skinny Cy and Jamie are!   They have the "rock star" look my wife said, they were good being hired guns for the original  guys....I told her they were the original guys (classic line-up). Granted we were standing up front but they hadn't gained a pound it appeared. 

Curnin - just an underrated artist.  He was entertaining and the drama theatrics were almost over the top.  The stage light show was well timed with the songs.  His vocals were actually very good all night.  He was mic'd a little low at first not sure if it was technical difficultly or a bad mix.

West-Oram   - This isn't your classic blues /rock band.   Lots of compression, delay, reverb, looping and etc....this guy has always tried to keep his sound a "secret".   Is he underrated?   I don't know, he is definitely good at his craft.   There was only a couple of clinkers in the whole set.  Very strong stage presence. 

Dan K. Brown - Isn't a flashy bassist.  He is there to put out the bottom line and keep it that way.   There is one song where he was playing harmonics over and over in the opening riff then went into this elongated riff that was all over the place.  I was so busy watching his performance that I forgot to not the song. Usually his fingers don't move below the 7th fret.  Excellent job.

Rupert Greenall - is a techno, pop, art band so a good keyboardist is well um..."key" .  

Adam Woods - Good timekeeping  nothing flashy like Brown keeping the rhythm going.

SET LIST

*A Life Survived
*Closer
Driven Out
Chase the Fire
How Much is Enough?
*Take What You Want
Less Cities, More Moving People
*Cold
Beautiful Friction
Are We Ourselves
Deeper and Deeper
*Wake Up
One Thing Leads to Another
Stand or Fall
Red Skies

ENCORES
*Lonely as a Lighthouse
Saved By Zero
Secret Seperation

There new album is *"Every Five Seconds".  Six songs played from the new album which overall sounded very much like classic THE FIXX.   I was over all impressed withe the execution of the set list.   Only about two songs to make a beer or cocktail run and even then you could have enjoyed waiting in line listening passively to the tune. 

The song "Closer" was very good live as well as Driven Out.

The writing is still very heavy social and society ills that could or should be resolved.  

Funny Moment - "One Thing Leads to Another" call and response by the audience at some point the crowd is sing back the title and Cy goes "NO SHIT"  which erupted into a multitude  of laughter by audience. 

Stand or Fall still holds up some 40 years later. 

Red Skies - The entire stage lights were you guessed it in a sea of red. 

Summary -
Curnin is the ever hopeful about humanity and the ability for society to make better decisions.  Very much in line with the Police "DRIVEN TO TEARS".  Curin still practices some Buddhist principles which has a significant impact his song writing and conscious.  He is probably one of the most cerebral song writer of his generation.  Lets face it, nothing of the FIXX is related to "A Whole Lotta Rosie." 

The FIXX sound wise is heavily tchno driven.   The band awashes you in a volume of sounds and tones that create a soundscape.  To see them on a smaller stage and watch them perform is perfectly fine. I for one would like to see them in a larger full production format with a visual backline. 

With tickets at $50 a pop, and SRO at $35, I thought they were quite reasonable for the amount of production and entertainment provided.  About 1:45 minutes pretty much nonstop. 

The FIXX play tonight at the HOB in Chicago  heading east to finish our their tour in Florida.

Hamerica

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Never saw 'em live back in the day but their St. Petersburg concert on MTV from '84 was a favorite; I dubbed it from my Betamax onto cassette and later transferred it to a CD-R.  Still got it, still enjoy it after 38 years. 

I was particularly imbued with West-Oram's guitar sound back then---kind of a blend of Andy Summers and David Gilmour with a lotta reverb made something unique. Apparently that's still his sonic turf.

Thanks for the review (and the nostalgia), Brian.

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I've been lucky enough to have seen them twice in the last year - the latest outing was two weeks ago at the legendary Birchmere, here outside of DC.  I was at the front table directly in front of Jamie last fall, and one table back most recently.

I will definitely agree that these guys have stood the test of time - Cy and Jamie look and perform live like guys half their age or more.  My one takeaway is that Jamie's right hand is probably the most impressive I've seen since Nile Rogers and/or Johnny Marr.  Good lord, that guy is a human CLOCK!  Unreal...

Although the bigger hits seemed to draw the most crowd response, and rightfully so, "Driven Out" was probably the song that kicked the most @$$ of the entire show.  Really powerful.

If you get the chance to catch these guys, just do it...I'd forgotten how many classics they had on the airwaves back in the '80s, and although they still nail them, the newer material is remarkably strong too.  I liked them back in the day, but was never a super-fan, and probably only owned a cassette of "Reach the Beach" or something.  I wish I'd listened deeper (and deeper) all those years ago.

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Great review...  I saw them back in 1987 on the CU-Boulder campus during  the "Secret Separation" tour.  Great band and always loved Jamie's guitar playing.  He's way underrated to me!  Glad they are still out there and putting out new music.

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15 hours ago, GuitarGuy65 said:

Is Jamie playing a Suhr these days?  That's what it looks like, except for the Strat in the last photo...

Yes - he (and Cy) both had Suhrs.  Cy has a Tele-ish one and Jamie had a Koa-bodied one and a Sherwood Green one.  

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Way cool. Saw them back in the 80's. Would love to see them here but not realistic with work. Very impressive that they stayed together the whole time.

I remember reading about Cy going off and being a farmer in France for awhile.  Red skies and green acres. 🙃

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On 9/6/2022 at 10:49 AM, Hamerica said:

It has been some 40 years ago since I last saw The FIXX.  I have seen them a couple of times - once at  98 KZEW "The Home of Rock and Roll"  ZOOWORLD which also had Jon Butcher playing at (I think) The Dallas Convention Center for free.

I went to Zooworld on acid back in high school.

I always enjoy red skies & one thing when they come on the radio

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