Formed 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.
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:
- Feels Like Winter Again (November, 1982)
- Photography (August 26, 1983)
- Blue Emotion (March 1984)
- House Of Thorns
- Solitary Lovers
- Hired History mini-LP
- Fac Ut Vivas unofficial/unreleased compilation (c. 1986)