The Fixx - Red Skies (1982)
- 80's score: 1.13
"Red Skies" is a song by new wave/rock band the Fixx. Released in 1982, it was the third single from the group's debut album, ...
"Red Skies" is a song by new wave/rock band the Fixx. Released in 1982, it was the third single from the group's debut album, Shuttered Room. It reached number 13 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks but peaked at number one on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart in early 1983.
The song also charted in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It was later re-recorded for the band's 1987 album, React.
Release and reception
"Red Skies" peaked at number 13 on the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 44 in the Netherlands and number 57 in the UK. Winda Benedetti of The Spokesman-Review said it was one "of the more cutting-edge pop [songs] of the time." Mark Spinn of The Orange County Register called it "the best of the band's moodier material." Bill Locey of the Los Angeles Times complimented the song's "memorable chorus". The Fixx performed the song on Saturday Night Live on February 18, 1984.
According to drummer Adam Woods, MCA Records requested that the band re-record the song for their 1987 React album. "Nobody at MCA was really interested in the new things we wanted to do," Woods said. "They told us to re-do 'Red Skies,' and we gave in. We figured, 'All right, we'll give them exactly what they want, and it will bomb.' And sure enough, it did."