The Fixations - The Sound Of Young London

Overlooked mod revivalists

Though perhaps not the first
name to spring to mind when
the late 70s mod revival is
mentioned, The Fixations were
actually well known and
respected on the scene. Paul,
Pad and Ken began rehearsing
an early incarnation of the band
in a scout hut on Holloway
Road, Islington, in the mid-70s.
The addition of Richard, first on
rhythm guitar, then bass,
completed the line-up and, after
rehearsals in the basement of
his off licence in King’s Cross,
the lads moved on to Alaska
Studios in Waterloo, finally
settling down as The Fixations in
November 1978.

One of the first mod revival
bands, they gigged heavily,
sharing stages with the likes of
The Chords, The Killermeters,
The Circles, Seventeen and The
Teenbeats. Due to bad
management, however, the
band never saw the light of
vinyl, despite laying down 16
tracks over two demos and a
shelved, Larry Wallis-recorded
single (No Way Out/Clever
Remarks) for Carerre.

Here you get both single
tracks, plus demos, live tracks
and two videos (Country Girl
from 1976 and No Way Out
from 1978), giving a good
overview of a capable and
unfairly neglected mod outfit.

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Detour | DRCD 054

Reviewed by Shane Baldwin
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