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Wednesday, July 7,2010

The fix was in

by Rich Tupica
Along with the Crucifucks, The Fix was one of the few Lansing acts T&G raved about. The band lasted from 1980-82, was known for a dynamically fast live show and opened for Black Flag at Club DooBee in Haslett in 1981. That same year, The Fix became one of T&G’s first independent 7-inch releases. The band maintains a cult following across the map.

“At the Speed of Twisted Thought,” a 2006 Touch and Go Records collection of  the band’s complete recordings, received a near-perfect rating from All-Music Guide. Miller is now a true crime author and journalist and lives in the Lansing area.


How was it opening for Black Flag at Club DooBee in March 1981?


I remember I pulled up and cops were parked across the street. I was walking up, looking at the cops and figured it was going to be pretty cool if cops thought there was going to be trouble.


It was pretty packed, which said a lot for the drawing power that kind of music had by that point.


What did you think of the 2006 LP re-issue of your music on Touch and Go Records?


I didn’t think it would sell. Nobody really liked us when we were around. I’m not sure what has changed since then, but it was pretty gratifying. Then we recouped the cost, which was even more of a surprise. I finally got my first royalty check. That was the first time I had seen money from that.


What do you recall most about playing in The Fix?


I just thought it was about doing music that very few other people were doing. You were putting forth something nobody had really heard before. It was cool to be a part of a group. Some people tend to be loners. They do that because they never found something they wanted to be a part of, and that’s how I felt, but in The Fix, that’s one group I wanted to belong to. It was an honor.

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