One Thing Leads to Another

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"One Thing Leads to Another"
Single by the Fixx
from the album Reach the Beach
  • "Opinions" (7")
  • "Reach the Beach" (Dub) (12")
Released9 August 1982 (UK)
6 September 1983 (US)
GenreNew wave, dance-rock, funk rock, art rock
  • 3:23 (remixed edited version)
  • 3:18 (album version)
  • Cy Curnin
  • Adam Woods
  • Jamie West-Oram
  • Rupert Greenall
Producer(s)Rupert Hine
The Fixx singles chronology
"Saved by Zero"
"One Thing Leads to Another"
"The Sign of Fire"

"One Thing Leads to Another" is a song by English new wave band the Fixx, from their album Reach the Beach. It is the band's most successful single outside the UK, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Rock Top Tracks chart and became a number-one hit in Canada. Vocalist Cy Curnin has described the song as an indictment of dishonest politicians.[1]


Cash Box said that the "uptempo, almost poppy feel is balanced by Cy Cumin’s strong vocalizing and the sobriety of the subject matter."[2]


It appears in a 2022 TV commercial for ADP.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video, co-produced and directed by Jeannette Obstoj, begins at a science lab where Adam Woods is looking into a microscope observing a new dimension (the wrist shackle in the video on the wall is seen on the cover of Reach the Beach). It shows a dimension in a black tunnel with lights on top where Cy Curnin is dancing in a classy navy blue double-breasted suit and open-necked white shirt. He is then in a bright tube, wearing a gray sleeveless shirt with his arms and shoulders exposed. Then, in a blue tunnel, he is running with a dog. It ends with the tunnel in a three-dimensional angle to see throughout the tube with the band members singing the rest of the song.


Additional musicians

  • Alfie Agius – bass


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 38
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 86
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[7] 14
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 27

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chance, Todd (28 July 2013). "The Fixx talks politics, new album and upcoming concert at The Pyramid Scheme". MLive. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 27 August 1983. p. 8. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4367." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "The Fixx Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  7. ^ "The Fixx Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. ^ "The Fixx Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. ^ "The Top Singles of 1983". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 April 2020.