British band The Fixx reached the Kent Stage on Friday night and played an inspired 90 minute set of new wave tunes. Singer Cy Curnin took the near capacity crowd down memory lane to the early days of MTV, back when they actually played music videos on the channel.
Formed in London in 1979 by Curnin, keyboardist Rupert Greenall and drummer Adam Woods, The Fixx would soon add guitarist Jamie West-Orum in 1980 and released their first album Shutter Room in 1982. That album featured two singles that would become staples on MTV, “Red Skies” and “Stand Or Fall.”
In 1983, the band added Dan K. Brown on bass and incredibly, the band has remained intact ever since. There aren’t too many bands out there today that are touring with the same lineup for close to 35 years!
That tightness of the band was evident from the show opening “Privilege” from their sophomore effort Reach the Beach. The second tune, “Red Skies” got the audience on their feet. With the encouragement of Curnin, the crowd sang the “oh, ooo’s” along with him.
In the middle of the set, Curnin asked the audience if they remembered writing things down on a piece of paper and then burning it. “What ever happened to that?” he shouted. Then, he asked if the crowd remembered when they didn’t have cell phones and again stated “What ever happened to that? What, are we our selfies?” Which of course led to the Top 15 hit “Are We Ourselves?”
The band even sprinkled in three songs from their 2012 release Beautiful Friction, which included the title track as well as “Shaman” and “Something About You.” They all fit in nicely with the rest of their ’80s material.
All of their hits including “One Thing Leads To Another,” “Stand or Fall” and the set closing “Saved By Zero” were all masterfully performed.
The band concluded their (or my) trip down memory lane by encoring with “Secret Separation.”
I couldn’t help but shouting to myself: “I want my MTV!”