This three-piece synthesizer outfit took their name from the Latin for ‘Let There Be Light’. Fiat Lux formed in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, in 1982. Vocalist Steve Wright and keyboard player David P. Crickmore had been at drama college together and Wright went on to join the well-known Yorkshire Actors group. One of that company’s patrons was the local guitarist and synthesizer wizard Bill Nelson (ex-Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise), who on occasion provided music for their productions. Wright and Crickmore were writing material together and Wright decided to use his contact with Nelson to send him a demo tape. Nelson was impressed and decided to release the song ‘Feels Like Winter Again’ on his own Cocteau label. The first recordings were made using local session musicians but in April 1982, Bill’s brother Ian, a saxophonist and keyboards player, was enrolled into Fiat Lux. Polydor picked up on the band and they recorded their first album in Liverpool. Tours with Blancmange and Howard Jones followed and their second and third Polydor singles - ‘Secrets’ and ‘Blue Emotion’ - both made the charts. ‘Solitary Lovers’ was not a success, however, and as synthesizer pop fell out of favour the band fell by the wayside, although Ian Nelson would go on to work occasionally with his brother.
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