View Full Version : How long have you been listening to the Fixx

05-21-2004, 02:45 PM
How long have u been listening to The Fixx???

05-21-2004, 04:16 PM
Hello Clive,

I have been a fan since I heard One Thing Leads to Another on the radio. I bought Reach The Beach and was hooked. I than purchased Shuttered Room and the rest is history.


05-21-2004, 06:19 PM
I've been listening to the Fixx since the very early '80s.

I bet there are more ppl like me on this board.
Is it possible to have more choices in the poll?


() Less than a year
() 1 to 5 years
() 5 to 10 years
() 10 to 15 years
() 15 to 20 years
() 20 years or more <-- that would be me ;-)

Btw, nice poll Clive!

05-21-2004, 06:31 PM
About 20 years myself, as well, although I've only recently gotten into the catalog beyond singles and the like. I always do that....guess I just have to live with an artist's music a little before I dive into the deep end with them!

Steve Pariseau
05-21-2004, 07:36 PM
Your wish is my command Guido.

For anyone who has already voted and needs to be in a different column, e'mail me privately.

05-21-2004, 10:21 PM
hehe thanks

05-22-2004, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by Steve Pariseau
Your wish is my command Guido.


05-23-2004, 06:01 AM
voted .. fan since 82 .. that be 22 years .. anyone here a fan from way back, like from The Portraits/Fix days?

05-23-2004, 07:22 AM
Count me in there Brad, although the 1st Fixx single I bought was SBZ, I'd been listening to them on things like the Bob Harris show and John Peel Radio 1 for some time before that, just that I was not old enough for an income of my own that afforded the luxury of buying the music I wanted.
That said, in 1982 I did manage to save enough of my school dinner money to go and see a relatively unknown band of Irish lads, called U2......but that's a different story.

05-23-2004, 12:07 PM
I bought my first Fixx LP when it first arrived at the record store I frequented in 1982....kinda ashamed of the fact that it was purchased not because I knew any of the music but because I thought the cover was cool. And I thought, at the time, if the cover's cool then the music should be pretty good. Fortunately that was the case here....unlike other LPs I bought using the same choosing method. And each new Fixx LP/CD got better....making me want a new one as soon as is possible.

05-23-2004, 05:04 PM
I bought my copy of "Shuttered Room" for exactly the same reason as Geoff - I liked the cover. But when I played it I realised it was a band I'd seen on TV a couple of weeks earlier doing a couple of live songs, and had thought were pretty good. "Cameras In Paris" was the track I recognised. Loved that album to death, and bought all their albums since!

05-23-2004, 08:55 PM
Liked them in the 80s. Heard them again on and Calm Animals and Ink. Got Elemental and thought that was pretty good. Found out they were touring and saw them in 2001. Listened to 1011 Woodland and saw them in again in Racine. Then it clicked. And now I'm hooked.

05-24-2004, 10:32 AM
I thought that i would start this so i could find out how long all of us have been listening.... :)


05-24-2004, 12:10 PM
more than 20+ from me....

hell, if i counted the miles on my RTB LP, it would go 'round the globe at least 10 times, making just RTB alone fit into the 1-5 year category all by itself! :)

same with elemental, it was such a long drought, that self indulgence took over to get an overdose/fix of fixx.... not knowing if there would ever be another cd.

So the same with WTL, it's only been out of my car cd player once,,

and frigging thanx to the audio hi-fi in no H ending, it fried one of my rear speakers this weekend, and i had the bass backed off too!!!!


looking at pix from the vermont show where outside they had the band name on the marquee outside and when one glances real real quick,

doesnt it almost (out of the corner of your eye) look like you are seeing

the almost: "XXX" the FIXX XXX

thought we were entering a porn theatre (laughing!)

and our gutter minds make your eye come back for a curious second look!.... to see if you saw what you thought you naughtily saw?? XXXXXXX

whew, finally got to spout that one out!

and no, i have never visited one of those places- thankyou very much!

05-26-2004, 08:57 PM
I've been a Fixx FANatic since I first heard "Stand or Fall" back in the beginnings of MTV.

It's taken a while to gather up the rest of the library, but I will soon be at 100% before the end of summer.

The next time I am out on the West Coast, you can bet I'll look for them when they play at one of the clubs.

Lucky you good people who has done so already...


05-27-2004, 09:52 PM
Yea, "Stand or Fall" was the first one I ever heard. Definitely was my favorite back then, but I didn't buy the album until later on. Guess that makes me a listener for 22 years. RTB was my first album, then Phantoms. Saw the Phantoms tour here in Western NY at Darien Lake Amphitheater. in 1984. It left a lasting impression on all of us. Bought Calm Animals when it came out, but didn't like it. Stopped listening for a long time, but never forgot. Purchased all the CD's a few years ago. Calm Animals has now become one of my favorites.


05-30-2004, 10:22 PM
Oddly, enough, as soon as a new album came out, I bought it--then I had to rebuy cassettes, now CDs. I have three different copies of RTB. Would love to see Walkabout re-issued--my CD has a nasty skip on it!

06-05-2004, 08:50 PM
Reach the Beach was the first album that really made an impression on me and I will always remember the videos for OTLTO and SBZ. Can't believe that its been over twenty years and for me they are better than ever! Go see them if you get the chance, you won't regret it.;)

06-06-2004, 06:26 AM
First time I heard the fixx was in winter 1982/83 at the age of 13. I recorded "Stand or Fall" from the radio and I remember that I stopped my cassette-recorder to early :rolleyes: because I thought the track ended. Missesd the last 30 seconds... Some weeks later I went to a record-store to buy shutterd room and was lucky, because it was exactly the day "Reach the Beach" was released. So I bought both records and never stopped listening to the Fixx.

The Whistler
06-09-2004, 02:11 AM
Officailly '83 when I purchased RtB.....liked the '82 videos too when they 1st played.......Saw them in '84 RtB Tour.....wish I bought a shirt.........catching up on the Fixx these days....new music sucked when and ever since Nirvana and Peral Jam started.....

06-13-2004, 05:39 PM
I heard them for the first time in '82 on the radio with Stand or Fall being the first song. Bought a cassette of Reach the Beach the following year and have been hooked ever since. So, it's been over twenty years for me....egads. Hope to still be listening for a long time to come.

05-27-2007, 09:50 PM
Since 1983.

Hence "More Than 20 Years."

Yes, I will always remember the SBZ video too, BuffaloGal.

05-28-2007, 02:55 AM
Since the tender age of 10 when I got Reach the Beach for Christmas on cassette. Then I had to wait 6 years to finally see them in concert for the first time in Norfolk, Va. I'm gonna be 34 next month so I'm included in the 20+ years vote. :goodie:

05-28-2007, 10:16 AM
I had a tough time knowing how to answer this one...I loved all the Fixx songs I heard and saw videos of in the 80's, but was too young to buy any albums. I lost track of them after that, though I did put OTLTA on a mix tape I made from a lot of my friend's albums. I also used to hear a muzak version of SBZ at my old job, but couldn't think of the name of the song or who it was by (it had no vocals), just that it was a song I once loved. I discovered who it was years later, but still didn't fully rediscover the Fixx. That came a few months ago when I was looking to buy some albums from bands I had loved in my childhood, and ended up settling on the Fixx. Boy, am I glad I did. When I started listening to all the other songs, I discovered I did know Driven Out from somewhere, though to this day I can't be sure where. I think they must have played it on our music at work (which does play the real songs).

So, I said I've only been listening to the Fixx for less than a year, but that's not entirely true. It's how long I feel I've been a serious fan, though (well, I suppose I can't call myself a serious fan till I've been to a show, but hopefully I can rectify that in July). :)

06-01-2007, 09:57 PM
I enjoy reading how young some of you people were when your turned on to The Fixx. When I was a pre-teen, I liked The Monkees. As a teenager, it was Chicago. I was over 25 when I found The Fixx. And more than twenty years later, I still like them.

06-03-2007, 03:23 PM
i would say at least 22 years for me too stand or fall was my first song i heard and saved by zero which are both two of my favorites still dee:wave:

06-03-2007, 10:39 PM
dang, the first thing I saw I was a pebble! I think it was "stand or fall"! so that would put me @the 25? year mark?!

F1xx F@n4
07-14-2007, 01:05 PM
I'm kinda the same as most of you have already pointed out here. I first heard about The Fixx when they played the song, "Stand Or Fall", that night on an adult oriented rock station where I live, back in 1982. I was with my nephew at the time listening to it on the radio. He thought it was weird stuff but I fell in love with it and bought the album "Shuttered Room" the very next day. It was still LP then at the time. Then when the record companies converted to cd, I converted myself as well. That's my story. So yes I have been a fan for 25 years now I would say. I can't believe it's been that long since they started. Wow time sure goes fast when you get older, doesn't it? *Sighs*

07-20-2007, 09:50 PM
Became a fan of The Fixx the first time I saw the Red Skies video on MTV way back in the day. I even covered that song in a band I played in my senior year of high school. The band was called, Juno 60, after our keyboard. Pretty 80s, huh? I had the privilege to see the Fixx with Berlin, Thompson Twins and The Police at Hollywood Park here in L.A. Back stage passes and all! Great night.

07-21-2007, 09:09 AM
The first time i heard a fixx song & where i could identify the artist was when a radio dj announced & identified a fixx song on the radio which was the fixx's stand or fall during summer 1986 -early fall of 1986. i was in the navy during the mid 1980s and couldn't follow everything in music that wasn't on top 40 radio stations

their 1991 hit "how much is enough" was another great song that caught my attention and then after hearing them on retro stations i decided to buy some of their cds and then i realized how good they really were.

how do i get my pic in the picture box?

07-24-2007, 10:15 AM
Since 1983 when Reach the Beach came out. Been a fan ever since...

Became fanatical about them when I finally saw them live on the Want That Life tour.


08-11-2007, 02:58 PM
I first heard them early 80s with One Thing - probably enjoyed their other hits without making much more of them than the usual other chart hits til I got lost in a 'christian' fog in the late 80s. (I still usually don't know who sings a song I like -- other than the Fixx of course!) My husband has followed them religiously since the early days, however (they've had a great influence on his own music, and continue to be so), and he reintroduced me to them 2 years ago. WOW!! If I'd only known what I was missing all those years!!! I can't begin say how they've touched my life since

<<--- as you can see! ;)

they actually have something meaningful and relevant to say...and the music is so SO very sensual!!

and especially recently -- Sense the Adventure (I could listen to just the drums in that one for a really really long long time...they get me GOING) really hit me in the gut one day, and I "let the pagan out" in that I've been soul/spirit-searching since then, and decided that I will decide what I believe without having any group tell me what I 'should' believe.

I do believe there is a higher being...but whether he/she/they is/are how we came into being I haven't decided yet how I look at that. I don't think I believe in the Big Bang, though. Beyond that, many many things are possible, and I'm going to be doing aLOT of exploring!!

I guess that was alot more info than just how long I've been listening, huh? But when the spirit moves, gotta do what you're told...


08-11-2007, 03:50 PM
Best wishes with your spritual search, TatGirl; may it bring you enlightenment! The Fixx have been helpful to me in much of this area, especially in regards to having faith that the Flow will bring you to where you need to be to fulfill your destiny. I know what you mean about finding your own way...I'm a religious person, and yet, the way I perceive and worship God is so different from most people that I feel both connected (through God) and isolated from other people (through opinions about God) at the same time!

Personally, I get a lot of insight and inspiration from thinking about space and the workings of the universe (darn, there's a quote I forgot for the quote thread - "The greater your perspective outward is, the greater your persective inward will be". -Astronaut Story Musgrave). I also had a near-death experience that was spiritual in nature, but how much of that was God, and how much me, I'm not sure. But it meant a lot.

Blessings! :)

11-27-2007, 09:25 AM
Permanent Fixxture since Shuttered Room! I remember turning on the music video shows, hoping to catch "Stand or Fall"... Bought the LP and the cassette, when the cassette wore out I'd buy another... Every new album that came out, I would buy the LP as well as the cassette, and I'd hunt around for the 12" singles and 45's...

When CD's came out, I had to concentrate on those as well as the other media formats! So, I have more than a few duplicates of some of the albums... :)

Can't get enough of the Fixx sound. I was crushed when they went on hiatus, but was really pumped when I found an online Fixx presence in -- what was it, 1998?

The Fixx visited Winnipeg (where I live, and have all my life) 3 times in my youth -- all three times, I didn't have money to go to the shows. A friend of mine was able to go to the Phantoms tour, and gave me his ticket stub -- which I placed in the frame with my autographed picture of the band... Not quite the same as being there, but it was better than nothing! I bought the "Fixx Live in the USA" VHS tape -- it was backordered for 6 months...! I was extremely happy when I got it in the mail... I saw what I had missed at the Phantoms concert, and I could watch it over and over!! :)

The only time I saw them live was in 2004, at the Taste of Minnesota festival; we made the trip (8-hour drive) to Minny to see the band (my #1 priority!) and to visit Mall of America (my wife and kids' priority -- although they loved the concert too! My wife's photos are posted on TheFixx.com for that concert). It was an outdoor concert, and it was raining -- so the guys didn't stick around afterwards... I did see their tour bus in our hotel parking lot, though, after the show!

The Fixx has to come back to Winnipeg -- one show is all I ask! :) I'm not greedy...


11-27-2007, 12:50 PM
I've been listening to The Fixx ever since age 9 and I'm 18 now. My parents played a lot of the eighties when I was a kid so I became hooked! My mom played the Phantoms cassete a lot during my childhood and ever since, I've been a huge Fixx fan! I remember during my sophomore year of high school, my history teacher played the Stand or Fall video in class and I was the only kid in there that knew the song and the video! My teacher was amazed and all the kids in the class were staring at me because I was the only one singing ( haha)!:)

04-29-2008, 08:14 PM
I became an instant fan when I saw the video Stand or Fall on MTV. 1981-82? (I always thought it was 1981 but I don't know the exact year.) I ran out and bought the album! :love:

06-07-2008, 10:07 PM
1981 in Los Angeles listening to KROQ and the song was Stand or Fall. There was The Fixx, Ultravox, DEVO, Yello, Talk Talk, Dolby, Shriekback and others that were IMO on the same musical/sound level as the earlier Space/Psych/Prog Rock except more accessible. The Fixx were unique in that they did not sound like anyone else up to that point.

06-23-2008, 06:05 PM
I've been a fan since I was 17! I'd heard songs like "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Are We Ourselves?," but what really got me hooked was the Shuttered Room version of "Red Skies"! From there, I was hooked! :goodie:

Got me through some tough times senior year of high school...

07-19-2008, 05:08 PM
i lived in a very small farming town in north central IL. there was a Ben Franklin five-and-dime store in town, and not much else, really. they carried a handful of vinyl albums in the same aisle with chewing gum, breath mints, and baseball cards. it was usually only the poppiest of pop the day had to offer, and the albums would get returned if they didn't sell. one day, i saw a copy of Reach the Beach on the rack that I stared at for weeks. i knew Red Skies from the Rockford radio station WYFE. i skipped lunch at school until i had saved enough money to buy the album. i found something to love in every single song. i picked up Shuttered Room not long after, and since then have gotten every Fixx release as it has come out.

In 1998, brought that RtB vinyl sleeve to an Elemental show and the guys signed it.

Last night, Dan Brown signed my Phantoms vinyl sleeve, which was the Very Coolest Thing Ever as far as I'm concerned. Today, it's back in its frame and hanging over the mixing desk in my studio. Dan's rumbly and nimble bass is currently coloring "Phantom Living" as I type ...

07-20-2008, 12:41 PM
Red Skies at Night did it for me

07-21-2008, 06:37 AM
i too have been a fan since stand or fall on mtv that was when mtv played great videos like the fixx and a-ha etc. now i won't even put mtv on lol i do watch vh-1 once in a while though but i have loved the fixx music for over 20 years now and there is one radio station here called jack fm that plays their music all the time which is great!!! dee:wave: