Sunday, March 20, 2016

"One Thing Leads to Another" by The Fixx

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1586
Date:  08/27/1983
Debut:  65
Peak:  4
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  The Fixx hit the US Top 20 for the first time with the lead single from their second album Reach the Beach, "Saved By Zero" (#20 Pop, #9 Rock). It was a solid introduction to the band, but it would be this second single that would make them stars. Boosted by a popular MTV video, the song became a multi-format hit reaching the Top 5 at Pop, #2 Rock, and #14 Dance. Its success pushed the album to #8. It would eventually become a platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Although I liked "Saved By Zero," I was later perplexed as to why it was issued ahead of this song. I mean, this is a no-brainer hit. The hook, the groove, and Rupert Hines' excellent production should have convinced any label person that this had major potential. Had this song been released first, I think "Saved By Zero" then might have followed it into the Top 10. You never really know a lot of times why labels make these decisions. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I'm glad it worked out well for The Fixx on both songs, but I think they could have done even better if the release order had been reversed. Regardless, this is one of the best rock/new wave tracks of the 80s.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The band would score a significant Rock radio hit in the summer of 1984. "Deeper and Deeper" was selected for the soundtrack to the film Streets of Fire. The track gained enough airplay to hit #3 on the Rock chart. The most famous song from the film's soundtrack would be Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You," which hit #6 at Pop.


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