80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Fiat Lux

fiatlux1Formed in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, in 1982, Fiat Lux was a short-lived yet powerfully talented 80’s New Wave band. Original members were Steve Wright (vocals) and Dave Crickmore (guitars, bass, keyboards). Ian Nelson (sax, keyboards), younger brother of Bill Nelson, joined shortly afterwards.

Wright met Bill Nelson at a theatre company after graduating college. He gave Nelson a demo tape he and Crickmore had recorded, prompting Nelson to produce the moody song “Feels Like Winter Again.” It was released on Nelson’s own label, Cocteau Records.fiatlux2

 In April 1982, after Ian Nelson was added to the line-up, they named themselves Fiat Lux, which is the Latin translation for the Biblical quotation “Let There Be Light.” “Feels Like Winter Again” was the first of Fiat Lux’s radio successes. In 1984, the dark amd moody “Secrets” became Fiat Lux’s most well-known song. Unfortunately, the band never released a full-length album. Their entire discography consists of singles, mostly released by Polydor, and seemingly out of print.

The band called it quits in 1985 after a much-too-short lifespan. Had they remained together longer, and given the quality of the songs that I’ve been fortunate to hear, they had the makings of being strong contenders in the New Wave synth-pop world. Decidedly unique and very non-mainstream, I can only imagine the contributions they would have made to the burgeoning 80’s music scene.

A personal favorite of mine that I first heard on David Marsden’s show is “Photography.” The instrumentation’s lilting, laconic rhythm coupled with Wright’s sexy, dreamy vocals conjures imagery that is both soothing and disquieting. If you are a serious 80’s New Wave audiophile and are lucky enough to get your hands on their music, you will be delighted by the unique sound of a very gifted band. 

Ian Nelson – RIP (April 2006)

Listen to “Photography:” Click Here

 “Blue Emotion” via YouTube user teawanga:

 “Feels Like Winter Again” via YouTube user guyitho:

 “Secrets” via YouTube user 19702407:

 Discography

  • Feels Like Winter Again (November, 1982)
  • Photography (August 26, 1983)
  • Secrets
  • Blue Emotion (March 1984)
  • House Of Thorns
  • Solitary Lovers
  • Hired History mini-LP
  • Fac Ut Vivas unofficial/unreleased compilation (c. 1986)
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12 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Fiat Lux

  1. Hi MissP,

    Fiat Lux is one of the bands I’ve discovered thru your previous rave and roll blog (blogger)… and I’m forever greatful to you for that. I especially loved their singles “Photography” and “Secrets”… but their short discography I consider as treasures from the new wave era. 🙂

    Hope all’s well with you & your family.

    CHEERS!!!

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  2. Heya (((((McDoc)))))

    Thank you, as always, for the kind words. You’re right – the fact that their catalog is so small and so perfectly rendered makes their music precious, indeed. Really a true testament to the fabulous talent that was so abundant from that era.

    We are plugging along – hubs is recuperating from an 8-day stay in the hospital. He’s a trooper, thank goodness. All the best to you and your family and thank you for asking.

    Hugs,
    MissP
    xo

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  3. Despite knowing the name, somehow I’d never heard any of these songs. Pretty good Depeche Mode-esque stuff. I would have loved these guys in high school.

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  4. Hi Cory,

    Yes, they were compared with Depeche Mode – I’m thinking it’s the singing styles moreso than the instrumentation. Glad you enjoyed and thank you for your comment. 🙂

    All the best,
    MissP
    x

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  5. Heya ((((Robert)))))

    Thank you for stopping by. If you can get hold of any of their releases, it would be a great addition to your retro collection. As far as I know, their music is out of print, which is a travesty, imho.

    Cheers!
    MissP
    xo

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  6. Hey ((((McDoc))))

    I actually have all of those songs except two – so now I can complete my collection – thank you! 🙂

    Hugs,
    MissP
    xo

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  7. Thank you for the kind words! No, I hadn’t seen the post on Systems of Romance – looks like we were on the same wavelength. 🙂

    MOEV is an exceptionally great band. “Head Down” gets me cranking when I need motivation at work.

    Cheers and all the best,
    MissP
    x

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  8. Hi

    Great to see a site dedicated to one of the 80’s unestimated bands. I was really a Bill Nelson fan but quickly got into Fiat Lux. If Bill’s involved then it’s a good indicator (like a Flock of Seagulls).

    I was lucky to meet Bill and Ian Nelson (RIP) at a Bill Nelson gig about 6 years ago. Both of them were really down to earth chaps.

    The systemsofromance site offers a link to a zip file that has (as far as I am aware) all Fiat Lux’s back catalogue.

    All the best
    Martin (Wales, UK)

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  9. Thanks so much for your comment, Martin. It means a lot to hear from folks like you.

    Thank you for the additional information, as well. All the best, and cheers!

    MissP
    x

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