Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion / Sleepless Nightmare (1984)

Fiat Lux was an English synthpop band formed in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, in 1982, by Steve Wright (vocals) and David P Crickmore (guitars, bass, keyboards). Ian Nelson (sax, keyboards), younger brother of Be-Bop Deluxe guitarist and lead vocalist Bill Nelson, joined shortly afterwards, complementing the classic line-up of the band, who remained until the mid 1980s, when Crickmore departed.

“Feels Like Winter Again” was the first of Fiat Lux’s radio successes. This led to them signing a record deal with major label Polydor. At this point Hugh Jones was brought in as their record producer. In 1984, the haunting ballad “Secrets” drew comparisons to Depeche Mode’s moody synth-pop; it became Fiat Lux’s most well-known song. Fiat Lux’s utilization of cello in “Secrets” broadened synth-pop’s stylistic range. The track was played regularly on Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 Sunday night request show. However, Fiat Lux’s debut album was never released. The group’s output was limited to several singles for Polydor and a series of TV appearances including Old Grey Whistle Test. There was also a long format video release “Commercial Breakdown”, which included live versions of the shelved Polydor album tracks.

“Blue Emotion” was the fourth single released by Fiat Lux and it reached #59 on the UK charts.

Blue Emotion (Extended Version)                          5:14

Sleepless Nightmare (Extended Version)              4:22

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