Lost in the ’80s: The Fixx, “Deeper and Deeper”

The most rock-radio acceptable of the new-wave acts (with the possible exception of the Cars and the Police), the Fixx were always unfairly slammed as a producer’s band, the mere playthings of Rupert Hine, who buffed their angular, jagged sound to an airwaves-friendly sheen. I never quite understood how this was considered an insult — why should the Fixx feel slighted because they found a great producer who knew what to do with them? Isn’t that the point of a producer?

By 1984 the partnership had borne two gold albums, one platinum album, three Top 40 hits, and a few AOR staples. In fact the Fixx and Hine were producing material at such a quick clip that one of their better songs ended up as a cut on the Streets of Fire soundtrack (which was discussed here) as well as the B-side on Phantoms’s first single, “Are We Ourselves?”

“Deeper and Deeper” was an oddity on that 1984 film’s soundtrack alongside overwrought Jim Steinman productions and Dan Hartman’s schlocky “I Can Dream About You.” A sinister mix of snakelike synths, discordant guitar, and less-goofy-than-usual lyrics from vocalist Cy Curnin, the original version (download) was too long to be a hit, but it still garnered plenty of AOR and club airplay. It also became a staple of the band’s live show.

“Deeper and Deeper” got enough love to be included in a few of the Fixx’s greatest-hits compilations over the years, including my favorite, the nearly complete Ultimate Collection. They continue to tour, and the song is still part of every set. I’m sort of bummed that I won’t get to see them during my trip to Hawaii in late July — they hit our 50th state for three shows in August, according to their website.

“Deeper and Deeper” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and at #47 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1984.

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  • http://www.hemisphire.com hemisphire

    I was pretty young when that soundtrack came out, and it was one of the first tapes I got from the BMG music club. I still like all the songs, Steinman-ized or not – I have never seen the movie.

    I just saw the Fixx here in Virginia earlier this month – I heard them soundcheck “Deeper and Deeper”, then they opened with it. They still sound good.

  • http://robertcashill.blogspot.com BobCashill

    STREETS OF FIRE–up and down as a movie but a killer soundtrack. Was it really 25 years ago?

  • http://www.wordsandrewtonkin.com/ Andrew T

    The Fixx are generally underrated (disclosure: I feel the same way about A Flock Of Seagulls) and I own pretty much all their 45's. Great finding this neglected track on the single mentioned above, especially as it runs 5-6 minutes there. Dark, shimmering, and funky. Thanks for the Fixx love.

  • http://blog.affairoftheheartblog.net/ Jill

    Definitely underrated and I was missing this song – thanks!

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    This is one of my favorite Fixx tracks. I thought it was odd that it was on Streets of Fire, but it did balance out the over the top Steinman tunes – which at the time I thought were pretty awesome.

  • kingofgrief

    As grateful as I am for allowing me to own this tune (Ultimate Collection is on my perpetual gotta-get-one-day list), I must take you to task for dismissing “I Can Dream About You” as schlocky. Listen to it again late one Saturday night after a few drinks. You'll come around.

  • http://forgottendiscfriday.blogspot.com/ Todd

    Thank you for sharing this. I always hope to hear this on Sirius on one of the alt stations or 80's..never seem to hear it..I love this tune. Again, thanks for sharing and great post!

  • http://forgottendiscfriday.blogspot.com/ Todd

    Thank you for sharing this. I always hope to hear this on Sirius on one of the alt stations or 80's..never seem to hear it..I love this tune. Again, thanks for sharing and great post!

  • http://forgottendiscfriday.blogspot.com/ Todd

    Thank you for sharing this. I always hope to hear this on Sirius on one of the alt stations or 80's..never seem to hear it..I love this tune. Again, thanks for sharing and great post!