Music — The Fixx is in, not out

 

Rocker says ’80s was a sound, not just a decade

By Robert Greene    rgreene@hippopress.com

Reports to the contrary are wrong, says Cy Curnin of The Fixx.

New Wave music did not die in the late ’80s. It just moved out of the arenas and the musicians developed better fashion sense.

Curnin and his mates, once on top of the charts with hits such as “Saved By Zero” and “One Thing Leads to Another,” never broke up and never stopped making music. Since their bestselling album, 1983’s Reach the Beach, debuted, the Fixx has produced 19 more discs that only their most diehard fans have heard.

“It’s Old New Wave, like a tsunami,” Curnin said in a phone interview last week. “I don’t know how to describe it. It is something from the heart, a physical exertion that becomes a sport.”

Back in the day, The Fixx’s sound could be easily traced back to David Bowie. Curnin even shares the cavernous, mournful lyrical style Bowie used in his ’80s work. But Bowie moved on, re-inventing himself for the 1990s and beyond. The Fixx opted to stick with the Wave, refining it even as the group lost audience and bounced to smaller and smaller record labels. Curnin believes the big labels missed out, expecting The Fixx and other New Wavers to continue filling stadiums instead of coming up with a marketing plan focusing on the music and smaller venues.

“We know we were born in the ’80s and we are an ’80s band,” Curnin said. “But the ’80s were more than a time, it was a sound and the Fixx has evolved that sound and the term ‘’80s band.’”

Writing and perfecting songs for a new studio album to be recorded in October, the Fixx is on a national tour that will take it, among other places, to Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry Sunday, July 17. The band is playing bigger venues on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday and saves Sundays and weekdays for smaller gigs. That way, Curnin said, the band can keep testing its music on audiences as well as stay out of trouble.

“These days you will see more reading glasses than drinking glasses among us.”

The Skinny

What: ‘80s rockers The Fixx, live

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 17

Where: Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry

Cost: $30, general admission

Contact: Tupelo at 437-5100

Listen to The Fixx at sightnsound.org

 
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