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The Fixx

The Fixx, 2007: Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram

The Fixx, 2007: Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram
Background information
Also known as Portraits (1979–1980)


, England



Years active 1979–present








Official website


Cy Curnin

Adam Woods
Rupert Greenall
Jamie West-Oram
Dan K. Brown

The Fixx are a


band from London, England founded in 1979. The band’s hits include “

One Thing Leads to Another

“, “

Saved by Zero

“, “

Are We Ourselves?

“, and “

Secret Separation

“, each of which charted on U.S. Top 20 Billboard Hot 100, as well as

mainstream rock

chart hits “

Red Skies

“, “

Stand or Fall

“, “Driven Out” and “Deeper and Deeper”, which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1984 film

Streets of Fire

Early years as Portraits and The Fix (1979–1981)[



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.


Portraits issued two singles for

Ariola Records

: “Little Women” (1979), and “Hazards In The Home” (1980).


Later in 1980, McGrail left. At this point, the band added guitarist Jamie West-Oram (formerly of Phillip Rambow’s band) and changed their name to The Fix.


This version of the band recorded for 101 Records, releasing their first single (“Lost Planes”) in February 1981.


This track, along with several live tracks issued by 101 on various compilations, received some radio exposure on the


. In these early days West-Oram was billed simply as ‘Jamie West’.

The Fix’s raised profile eventually led to the group being offered a contract by

MCA Records



Worried about the potential drug-user implication of the band’s name, MCA insisted on a name change before signing them to the label.


A compromise was reached as the band altered the spelling of their name to The Fixx, and a deal was duly inked.

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MCA and RCA years (1982–1991)[



Barrett left The Fixx just after the recording of their first album,

Shuttered Room

, in 1982.


This album featured the band’s initial hits, “Stand or Fall” and “

Red Skies

“, both of which charted in the US and the UK. The band found particular success in Canada, where “Stand or Fall” reached No. 37. “

Stand or Fall

” entered the charts in the US on 30 October 1982.

Barrett was replaced on bass by Alfie Agius for the Shuttered Room tour. Agius’ stay in the band was short-lived, though, as he left during the 1983 recording of their next album

Reach the Beach

, after having recorded four tracks. Agius is credited as co-writer on all the album’s tracks, but the group for this album was officially credited as a quartet (Curnin, Greenall, West-Oram and Woods). Agius went on to briefly tour with the

hard rock


heavy metal



that same year.

Reach the Beach

, produced by star producer,

Rupert Hine

, became the group’s most commercially successful album and was certified Platinum by the


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


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.

In 1985 the Fixx recorded the song “A Letter to Both Sides” for the soundtrack of the film


. In 1986, they released their fourth album


, featuring “

Secret Separation

” (No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s “Album Rock” chart, No. 49 in Canada) and “Built for the Future.” The 1987 album


, was a compilation of both live and new studio material, after which the band would depart MCA Records.

In 1989, the Fixx released their first album in nearly three years and only release on

RCA Records


Calm Animals

, which contained another hit “Driven Out” (another No. 1 on Billboard’s “Album Rock” chart).

The band returned to MCA for their next album, 1991’s


. The album featured “How Much Is Enough?” (No. 27 Canada, No. 35 US).

Recent years (1992–present)[



Dan K. Brown took a hiatus from the band in 1994. He was not officially replaced, and the band used session musicians on bass in his stead, with Chris Tait playing bass on most recordings and live shows from 1995 through the early 2000s. The four man line-up (with contributions from Tait and other sessioneers) recorded 1998’s Elemental, as well as the 1999 album 1011 Woodland on which they re-recorded a selection of previous hits and album tracks.

In 2002, the Fixx performed

Nancy Sinatra

‘s 1960s classic “

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

” for an album of cover versions of songs from the 1960s to 1990s called When Pigs Fly.

In 2003, the band released their ninth studio album, Want That Life.

Gary Tibbs

(formerly a member of

Roxy Music


The Vibrators


Adam and the Ants

) played bass for this album.


Long-time bassist Dan K. Brown re-joined the band in 2008, replacing Tibbs. They celebrated 25 years of making music together, with the release of the double-CD

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Anthology


With the classic lineup back intact, the Fixx released their 10th studio album Beautiful Friction on 17 July 2012. The Fixx regularly tour the world.

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  • Shuttered Room


  • Reach the Beach


  • Phantoms


  • Walkabout


  • Calm Animals


  • Ink


  • Elemental


  • 1011 Woodland


  • Want That Life


  • Beautiful Friction


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  1. ^




    Dutton, Earle (14 July 2014).

    “Interview with Cy Curnin of The Fixx”

    . Retrieved 1 May 2019.

  2. ^







    Colin Larkin

    , ed. (2003).

    The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music

    (Third ed.).

    Virgin Books

    . p. 196.





  3. ^




    Erlewine, Stephen Thomas.

    “The Fixx | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links”



    . Retrieved 1 May 2019.

  4. ^

    James, Gary.

    “Gary James’ Interview With Cy Curnin Of The Fixx”

    . Retrieved 1 May 2019.

  5. ^

    Mann, Brent (2005). Blinded By the Lyrics. New York, NY: Citadel Press Books

External links[



  • Official website

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