Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux — from the Latin for “let there be light” – were originally a synth-pop band that shone for a brief period in the ’80s. Formed in 1982 and hailing from Wakefield in Yorkshire, England, they pioneered a unique sonic stamp, the influence of which is still felt today. Their pioneering blend was full of lush synthesizer textures, acoustic and electric keyboards, and studio effects – all anchored by Steve Wright’s emotive vocals. Multi-instrumentalist David Crickmore provided guitar, bass, and keys, and Ian Nelson (brother of Be-Bop Deluxe guitarist/vocalist Bill Nelson) contributed saxophone and keys. The trio released one single – “Feels Like Winter Again” on the Cocteau label – before soon choosing to sign to Polydor. There, they delivered five singles from August 1983 to January 1985; landed several U.K. TV and radio appearances; opened for Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, and John Cale; and had two minor hits (“Secrets” and “Blue Emotion”) before calling it quits. Their full-length album debut remained shelved… until now.

In April this year, Fiat Lux’s lone ’80s “mini-album,” Hired History, was expanded and reissued by Cherry Red Records. Originally only six tracks long, Cherry Red’s Hired History Plus adds a further 12 bonus tracks, including their early Bill Nelson-produced sides (some of which were re-recorded with Hugh Jones at the console), non-album singles and 12″ versions from the Polydor era, alternate mixes, and other unreleased rarities. Most surprisingly, the second disc contains that lost full-length album. Entitled Ark of Embers, it’s been painstakingly reconstructed and presented as the band had intended more than thirty years ago.


For more information, visit the Blue Orange Theatre’s website. 


Nov 09 2019


6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


The Blue Orange Theatre
118, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham

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