On this day in music history: May 17, 1983 – &…

On this day in music history: May 17, 1983 – “Reach The Beach”, the second studio album by The Fixx is released. Produced by Rupert Hine, it is recorded at Farmyard Studios in Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, UK from Late 1982 – Early 1983. Following up their modestly successful debut release “Shuttered Room” from the year before, the London based new wave/pop/rock band once again work with producer Rupert Hine (Howard Jones, Chris De Burgh, Tina Turner), on the follow up. Mid way through the recording sessions, bassist Alfie Agius leaves the band (only being featured on four tracks) and is replaced by Dan K. Brown. The album becomes their most commercially successful, breaking The Fixx on a worldwide basis. It spins off three singles including “Saved By Zero” (#20 Pop), “One Thing Leads To Another” (#4 Pop), and “The Sign Of Fire” (#32 Pop). In 2003, a remastered and expanded edition of the album is released including extended mixes of “Saved By Zero”, and “One Thing Leads To Another”, along with the track “Deeper And Deeper” (originally issued on the “Streets Of Fire” soundtrack), and the previously unreleased “Going Overboard”. “Reach The Beach” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.