ARTIST: The Fixx
TITLE: Shuddered Room
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #106 US, #54 UK
SINGLES: Some People, Stand or Fall (#76 US, #7 Mainstream, #54 UK), Red Skies (#101 US, #13 Mainstream, #57 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Cy Curnin, Rupert Greenall, Jamie West-Oram, Charlie Bennett, Adam Woods
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK arty new wave band’s debut album (after two name changes and failed singles) gets some traction in the US thanks to MTV.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Fixx’ debut showcased their kinda-arty, proggy, new wave. Cy Cyrnin’s vocal mannerisms seem stilted and a bit pretentious and the lyrics also seem a bit too arty as well.
Musically, the Fixx also show their arty side. Jamie West-Oram’s guitar flashes and slashes are overwhelmed at times by Rupert Greenall’s synths. Sometimes the tracks slog along as well. There seems to be an inertia on some cuts.
A couple of tracks got some US airplay and got MTV heavy rotation, and they can put a hook or two in their songs, but this first go-round was just arty moosh.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded two singles as Portraits and one as The Fix. This isn’t streaming anywhere, either.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The UK and US version have two different tracks, and there’s bonus tracks on the US version streaming.
GRADE: C: A couple hooks and hits doesn’t a good album make, but you knew that.