Album Review: The Fixx, “Beautiful Friction”


Those who only remember the Fixx for their ‘80s hits will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release, Beautiful Friction. The album moves away from the musical pop hooks such as what Jamie West-Oram was able to ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 3/25/11

It’s funny how, as I get older, I’m losing track of time the way everyone said I would. I didn’t believe it, but here I am dropping the ball as often as I juggle the others. If you do not recognize ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 16

We move on this week to the sixth letter of the alphabet and look at more tunes that hit the Billboard rock charts in the 1980s but failed to cross over into the Hot 100.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
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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 ...

Popdose Flashback: Rush, “Presto”

It wasn’t their best album. It wasn’t even much like what people consider their best album. Yet the mighty Canadian power trio Rush found themselves on Atlantic Records with a producer known mostly for working with The Fixx and ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 31

New baby = less time. Imagine that. I was somehow under the impression that sleepless nights were going to give me plenty of free time to continue to write meaningless drivel in my intros, but I haven’t been able ...