Saturday, 1 December 2012


Year:  1981
Country:  US
City:  Lansing, MI
Label:  Touch and Go
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore

In 1980, the publishers of a fledging music magazine from Lansing called Touch and Go managed to catch a show by the newest punk band to come out of Lansing--the Fix. Touch and Go, published by the dynamic duo of Robert Vermeulen (a/k/a Tesco Vee) and Dave Stimson (a/k/a DS) latched onto the band's ferocious, lightening fast music, and they were logical candidates for release on the nascent Touch and Go records. In March or April of 1981, the Fix's Vengeance 7" was pressed in ridiculously small quantities and unleashed on the world. Despite positive reviews and the fact that it sold out in a matter of weeks, the record was not repressed and was impossible to find by October of that year. Based on the strength of the 7", the Fix toured the US in the summer of '81, hitting various cities in the midwest, southwest, northwest, and California. While in the Los Angeles, they recorded seven tracks with Spot, the [in]famous house producer for SST records. The results of that session, circulated on tape, were widely regarded to be the Fix at their peak, and four tracks were selected for release on a second 7", the mind-blowing Jan's Rooms EP. Before Jan's Rooms would see release, however, the Fix recorded one more song, No Idols, for the Process of Elimination 7". The two records were released within weeks of each other and the Fix embarked on another national tour, at least part of which coincided with the Effigies first tour. When they returned, they lost their drummer and placed an ad in Touch and Go seeking a new "skin man (or woman) with the right attitude" and saying that "touring, videos, and recording is imminent," unfortunately they couldn't find a suitable replacement, and split. Afterwards Craig backed Jan James in a succession of bands (and still does). Mike played with the Meatmen on their Crippled Children Suck 7" and the Process of Elimination tour (which is where the live portion We're the Meatmen...And You Suck was recorded). Mike and Steve played in Blight with Tesco Vee (and later without Tesco), and had a band of their own, Just Say No, in the mid-80's. Steve was in Strange Fruit later on, and Mike was recently in the Monokulators. Steve is currently a journalist, Jeff's a realtor in scenic Lake Charlevoix, and Craig still plays guitar.
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