One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4), Mainstream Rock (#2) and  Hot Dance/Disco – Club Play (#14); 1983

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In 1980 college students Cy Curnin and Adam Woods decided to form a band and placed a “musicians wanted” ad in the local music press. Dubbing themselves “The Portraits,” the band released its first single, Hazards In The Home, to little fanfare.

Undaunted they simply changed their name to The Fixx (a blatant drug reference with an added “x” to appease the record label execs), issued another single (Lost Planes), and collected their best work into 1982’s Shuttered Room.

The album yielded two so-so selling singles – Stand Or Fall and Red Skies – which generated just enough interest to get them noticed in the States. That turned out to be a good thing for the Fixx since its turn in the homeland spotlight was over.

America, however, responded enthusiastically to 1983’s Reach The Beach and its first single, the #20 Saved By Zero. With MTV and college radio behind the Fixx, One Thing Leads To Another exploded onto the nation’s playlists; driving Reach The Beach to platinum sales.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Rupert Hine

Lyrics Written by:

  • Cy Curnin
  • Adam Woods
  • Jamie West-Oram
  • Rupert Greenall