Fixx-Reach the Beach 30th anniversary

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By definition, contemporary music is conceived and expressed, and thereby influenced, by the condition of the world in which it finds itself. It is safe to say that the transition from the end of the 1970s decade into the  dawn of the Eighties was marked in most things by the inexorable forces of change being met head on by the enormous resistance of intransigence and intractability, like two tectonic plates trying to occupy the same space. And as  so often is the case, the most striking manifestation of that geopolitical fault line between the past and the future may have been evident in the world of early Eighties music. Reflecting back on their 1982 debut Shuttered Room and its 1983 million selling follow up, Reach the Beach, Londoners Cy Curnin and Adam Woods of The Fixx remind us that the loud, brash, but brief Punk Rock purge had successfully shaken the rock Brahmins out of their collective bloated complacency by the Eighties, but the Punks did not tell rock where to go next. Songs including “Stand or Fall”, “Red Skies at Night”,”Saved By Zero”, the #4 US hit “One Thing Leads to Another”,”Deeper and Deeper”,”Are We Ourselves” all have proven to be  remarkably “Built for the Future”.- Redbeard