“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!

The Fixx didn’t sell the same amount of records as Duran Duran or Men At Work, but their atmospheric videos were always among my favorites in the early days of MTV. 1982’s Shuttered Room was the first album from The Fixx, and MTV immediately placed the videos for “Red Skies” and “Stand Or Fall” into constant rotation. Both songs were huge hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, and “Stand Or Fall” even cracked the Hot 100 (it peaked at #76).

The band’s popularity would continue to grow with 1983’s Reach The Beach album, which happens to feature my favorite Fixx song (that would be “Saved By Zero,” in case you were curious). Reach The Beach is usually thought of as the quintessential Fixx album, but Shuttered Room has always been my favorite. The Fixx came out of the gate with their sound already crafted to perfection (thanks in great part to Rupert Hine’s superb production), and the Analog Kid is happy to share this out-of-print classic with you as a part of The Lost Boys series.

Shuttered Room

The Fixx: Shuttered Room [U.S. Version]

MCA Records, 1982

 

1. “I Found You” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

I Found You

2. “Some People” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

Some People

3. “Stand Or Fall” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

Stand Or Fall

4. “The Strain” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram/Woods)

The Strain

5. “Red Skies” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

Red Skies

6. “Lost Planes” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

Lost Planes

7. “Cameras In Paris” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

Cameras In Paris

8. “I Live” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram/Woods)

I Live

9. “Shuttered Room” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram/Woods)

Shuttered Room

10. “The Fool” (Barrett/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram)

The Fool

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Hungry Like The Wolf [U.K. 12_]

Duran Duran: “Hungry Like The Wolf [Night Version]” (Duran Duran)

From the U.K. 12″ Hungry Like The Wolf

EMI Records, 1982

Hungry Like The Wolf [Night Version]

Cargo

Men At Work: “It’s A Mistake” (Hay)

From the album Cargo

Columbia Records, 1983

It’s A Mistake

Reach The Beach

The Fixx: “Saved By Zero” (Agius/Curnin/Greenall/West-Oram/Woods)

From the album Reach The Beach

MCA Records, 1983

Saved By Zero

 

 

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