of the Fixx
Q: How did this tour come about?
Cy : It came about through the need to promote our new album
"Elemental". We have been touring for the last couple of years
on and off. We were testing the material before recording, so we were
going out in spurts. This was the first fresh tour with a full new album out in
quite some time and summertime is the best time to tour. People are in a good
frame of mind. The geography is quite powerful - desert, ocean, forest, and
urban area. Its all a really great experience.
Q: The new album. I understand that you had another name for
CY: Well originally it was titled "Happy Landings". That
was the working title EP put out earlier in the year, but there was a new album
called "Happy Landings" that is confusing the computers, so ... we
found that the word "Elemental" would be used a lot in a working
title. Every song had a discussion about the basic elements and getting back to
basics. So, the name suits us and we looked up the word in the Thesaurus.
Elemental means basics, fundamental and qualities like that.
Q: With your vast array of songs on all your previous albums, how do
you determine what to play when you are on tour?
CY: We kind of style it - emotional, rythmic, sentimental, and
playing some of our hits, because when they come to the show they want to see
that and we dont mind because a lot of the show is highlights from that
and we love that, but we also want to promote the new album. Then we go into
the wine cellar and pull out a few old vintage songs and mix that up.
Q: Do you have time for solos?
CY: Oh yeah. A lot of wild stuff.
Q: What is the reason for why a lot of veteran bands are coming
CY: I think that all of sudden people are realizing that, where is it
written in stone that bands had to stop. When we looked back people viewed the
80s as pigeon-time, as though they were almost embarrassed about their
state of mind back then. But I honestly feel the way we came about right before
the 80s, there was a real period of a lost generation there and why a lot
of republican and conservative issues, and especially nuclear rats floating
around, and set to influence young people lost in depression. When we kind of
got into the game, we were writing for that in the backdrop, not the
petri-disco - boom, boom, boom, which is the later kind of partying in the face
of armagedon kind of writing. Then MTV was born, it kind of gave it this pop
shine for a while. Initially, when we first came to America on the college
circuit, we were like early on the alternative scene way way back. The pop
flick was kind of a distraction for a while and we kind of veered back into the
darker side of the band after a while.
Q: I noticed during that time, the videos were just starting to get
CY: Yeah. We didnt know the effect MTV would have. When the
video projects the band, the question in the public comes somewhat earlier. Too
much. You have to pay your dues somewhere along the line. The problem with a
lot of bands is they give the videos, and get the tour and the tours
crap, and before you know it, they break up. We have managed to survive all
Q: We have seen in the past where video does spotlight that band and
just throws them right out there, and all of a sudden..
CY: I have seen worse now. There is this innocuous thing called a
sound track album where one song from the band...the song is all
over the radio, radio lovers loves it and we dont have to listen to the
whole friggin album and look we got ten new bands, bing, bong, bing, and who
were they...nobody knows. They dont even tell the name of the band on the
radio, so you dont care, its all about gratification, so they are
kind of side-stepping that and we are praying that the ground swell of what we
are doing live will send out the big flare that spotlight and people will seek
out our candles. Do you know what I mean?
Q: Does switching to CMC International Record Company give you any
kind of different levity in your music?
CY: It gave us creative control. They are a small label, but with our
experience we can kind of educate them on how best to sell the band and I am
willing to learn and go through it, just to make sure that we dont get
lost on their agenda. But definitely they allows us creative control and nobody
is asking anything from us, just what it was. So thats a plus.
Q: How do you keep that mellow music in your songs? Is it your
upbringing? Most of your songs have a certain quietness to it.
CY: I think sometimes that were empty vessels and trying to be
aware not to be too loud about it, but its kind of cathartic. We just
want to get it out. It has to come out as music in the right way. I think every
member - guy in this band has a very gentle nature in their own way.
Thats the way we get off on it.
Q: How different is this album then your last?
CY: The songs were written with a lot of clarity of what we are
trying to achieve, more emotion. We werent pinned to the past, but we
werent basked by sounding like Fixx, but at the same time listening to
individuals the way music is now or drawing what we like about now or music on
the album that really works. We recorded everything pretty quickly in the
Q: Are there some bands from the 80s and 90s that emulate
CY: There are some bands. I dont know if they are emulating
like Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins. I have read a lot of articles where
people have said they have been directly influenced by bands like Sound Garden
all the way down to Live. I think music is all constantly cross-pollinating. I
like the ideas. I like the way this guy sings.
Q: I notice about bands like yours that have been around a long time,
is that they really mature as they stay together.
CY: Friendship. Great friendships. Learn how to argue and and the
thing is to leave storm out Spinal Tap arguing. We celebrate our
friendship and we have a lot of experience to draw on. We know where we see
ourselves now and thats all we can handle at the moment. If the roofs
going to go, its set to go.
Q: Where is your hub right now?
CY: Our business hub is in the States, but the rest of the guys live
in London. I live in New York, so we have to travel.
Q: What is the most requested song by people?
CY: Saved by Zero, Outside.
Q: Are you on a mini-tour right now?
CY: Eight weeks.
Q: How do you rate the American audience vs. the British fans?
CY: Bigger. Grown up rock n roll.
Americans have a lot more time in the car with the radio.
Cross-pollination in England is like Im into this
or I'm not into that.
By Randy Cohen
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