Steve Wright and David Crickmore met when they attended Bretton Hall College, Wakefield, where they both studied drama. Steve joined David's college based new wave band, The Juveniles (whose two songs were released in a various artists compilation called Household Shocks). Steve later helped form The Yorkshire Actors theatre company where he met Wakefield based guitar hero Bill Nelson, who had been commissioned to write a soundtrack for one of their plays. Steve gave Bill a demo tape that he and David had put together of proto-type Fiat Lux music. Bill Nelson was sufficiently impressed to fund and produce their debut release, "Feels Like Winter Again", b/w "This Illness" on his Cocteau Records label in November 1982. Shortly after the recording session Bill's brother Ian, who was already known to Steve and David through the Wakefield music scene, joined the band.
"Feels Like Winter Again" achieved "single of the week" in the leading UK weekly music paper of the time NME and gained the band national radio airplay, and Indie chart success.
This led to them signing a record deal with major label Polydor and saw them undertaking their first significant live work: UK tour support slots with Blancmange and Howard Jones. The band had minor UK chart hits with "Secrets" and "Blue Emotion", which were followed by the mini album Hired History in August 1984. They made several TV appearances, including a performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test and a Channel 4 special dedicated to them. There was also a long format Polygram video release Commercial Breakdown, which included live versions of the shelved tracks for their debut full-length Polydor album.