This three-piece synthesizer outfit formed in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1982. Taking their name from the Latin phrase for “Let there be light”, vocalist Steve Wright and keyboard player David P Crickmore had been at drama college together, and when Wright went on to join the Yorkshire Actors group, the pair were introduced to former Be-Bop Deluxe main man Bill Nelson, who occasionally provided music for the group’s productions.
Bill was impressed with the demos the duo shared with him and decided to release the song Feels Like Winter Again on his own Cocteau label.
In April 1982, Bill’s brother Ian (a saxophonist and keyboard player) joined Wright and Crickmore in Fiat Lux.
Polydor signed the band and released their debut album. The singles Secrets and Blue Emotion both made the UK charts in 1984, but the 1985 single Solitary Lovers was not a hit, and as synth-pop fell out of favour, the band fell by the wayside. Crickmore departed after the chart failure of their fifth Polydor single release, House Of Thorns, and the group disbanded in 1985.
Wright and Crickmore reformed Fiat Lux in 2017 and released a remake of their song Secrets. A new album (Saved Symmetry) was released in 2019, followed by a double CD retrospective collection of Polydor material entitled Hired History Plus.
The duo have continued with Will Howard on sax.
David P Crickmore
Guitar, bass, keyboards