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    The Fixx - Grand Rapids MI Monday Night

    Saw the Fixx at a small club in Grand Rapids MI on Monday night. I always liked this band back in the day and thought they were a cut above most of the New Wave bands that were out at the time. I had only seen them once before as an opening act for the Moody Blues way back in the mid-80’s. The current version of the band has all of the original members and they are touring on the heels of a very good new album called “Beautiful Friction”. The club was a small venue that I think holds around 400 or so. I would say it was about half full. The band came out and started with several tracks from the new album, then went back into their catalogue pulling out some hits and album tracks. The sound mix was not very good at the beginning (you could hardly hear any guitar), but they seemed to get that worked out as the night went on. Cy has lost nothing in his vocal range and is still his cynical self. Instrumentally the band were totally tight all night long with guitarist Jamie West – Orum pulling out some really tasty solos. I never really understood why this band fell off the radar so quickly back in the day, but they are still a vital strong band today. The crowd was small, but I guess not that unusual for a show that did not start until 10PM on a Monday night. The opening act was a local dance / pop / new wave duo called Alexis. Not really my cup of tea, but they were good at what they did.

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    ANYONE ELSE
    JUST BEFORE DAWN
    TAKE A RISK
    BEAUTIFUL FRICTION
    WHAT GOD?
    HAPPY LANDINGS
    OUTSIDE
    ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
    LESS CITIES MORE MOVING PEOPLE
    TREASURE IT
    STAND OR FALL
    FOLLOW THAT CAB
    I’M LIFE
    BUILT FOR THE FUTURE
    SAVED BY ZERO

    ENCORE:
    DEEPER AND DEEPER
    SHAMAN
    RED SKIES




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    Interesting... no "How Much Is Enough," "Are We Ourselves" or "Driven Out," which I thought were modest hits, at least. Cool setlist, though. I really need to get "Beautiful Friction" soon. The samples I heard were great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasKDye View Post
    Interesting... no "How Much Is Enough," "Are We Ourselves" or "Driven Out," which I thought were modest hits, at least. Cool setlist, though. I really need to get "Beautiful Friction" soon. The samples I heard were great.
    I don't have it yet, but have heard about half the album. I really enjoyed all of the tracks that they did from it on Monday. I thought it was strange that they were not selling it at the merch table as I was going to pick it up at the show.

    Steve Sly

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    Yeah Beautiful Friction is well worth it. If you get the 10-song LP, it has a download voucher that gets you the entire 11-track digital album.

    Too bad they're not coming anywhere near this neck o'.
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    So I went and looked at Amazon MP3 - $5.49 for the entire album! It was criminal not to bite, and it's great stuff. Makes me want to listen to Phantoms and Walkabout again -- you know, if they weren't out of print and selling for $30-$40.

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    Just saw them last week at The Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio. They were great. I downloaded the new album from Amazon.com the next day based on the strength of the new material live, and I was not let down. It is an amazing album.

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    Fixx Pix 1.jpg

    Here is a shot of Brian and I with Cy after the show.

    Steve Sly

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasKDye View Post
    Interesting... no "How Much Is Enough," "Are We Ourselves" or "Driven Out," which I thought were modest hits, at least. Cool setlist, though. I really need to get "Beautiful Friction" soon. The samples I heard were great.
    Driven Out is my fave Fixx song. I have the remastered Reach The Beach. The Fixx were more than just the singles.

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    Glad you enjoyed the show Steve Sly! Beautiful Friction is a good disc!

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    too bad the tour is so limited in scope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    Glad you enjoyed the show Steve Sly! Beautiful Friction is a good disc!
    Although I love their old stuff I was glad to see them do a lot of new material live. It seemed to go over well with the audience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cats On Glue View Post
    too bad the tour is so limited in scope.
    They actually played 2 gigs within an hour of me. The Grand Rapids gig that I went to (about a 45 minute drive) and a casino in New Buffalo Michigan which is about an hour’s drive the other direction. It is strange because they have not played Southwest Michigan in years to my knowledge.

    Steve Sly

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    It does my heart good to hear the Fixx are still out there doin' it. I'll definitely be checking out samples of the new album. I put them in the same class as bands I enjoy such as Japan, Wire, Icehouse, Talk Talk, etc.

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    "Second Time Around" is really nice, actually. Has sort of a Bowie feel to it to me.

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    One of the better new wave bands imo. I'd probably go see them if they played in my area(or at least be tempted to). I don't consider them prog(although I have heard people refer to them as that)but they were proggish at least ( because of the heavy use of synths).

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    Been on a Fixx kick lately. What I keep going to the most is "Beautiful Friction". To me it's one of their best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    Been on a Fixx kick lately. What I keep going to the most is "Beautiful Friction". To me it's one of their best.
    Agreed, I keep pulling it out as well. Too bad it did not get any airplay. It is as good if not better than their more popular albums from back in the day.

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    I might be tempted to declare this as my favorite complete body of work from them. I love this album.

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    I also consider Beautiful Friction to be probably The Fixx's most consistent album.
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    I dug them back in the day, haven't ventured to their new work. I always thought Jamie West-Orum was a sadly overlooked and really great, tasty guitarist. Glad they're still out there!

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    hmmm… we should start a Fixx thread probably...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    hmmm… we should start a Fixx thread probably...
    Isn't that what this is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIF View Post
    Isn't that what this is?
    The answer to your question is at the title of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    The answer to your question is at the title of this thread.
    Hey, you're the one that said someone should start a Fixx thread. That's what this is, as people are talking about The Fixx.

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    Jif, you looking for some drama? What's your deal?

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