SECRETS - THE FIAT LUX DIARIES

 
AUGUST 1983

Tues 2
News today that the "Photography" single is to be delayed a week because of problems printing the picture insert. Steve, Ian & David have another day practising at Smithy Brook Farm but are halted when Ian's Memorymoog forgets everything. It is proposed that we invite Rick Martinez to try out for live work with the band I fix time and fees with him. As Isaac Guilory has become unavailable for more practises due to his solo gig commitments, Ian suggest his friend Steve Smith as another possible live bassist and a this is quickly arranged. 

Wed 3
More rehearsals at Smithy Brook. Ian brings in local musician Steve Smith on the bass. David teaches him his parts and the band get through most of their songs. Chris Carr rings to complain that session drummer Rick Martinez has been to Polydor and asked to see the Fiat Lux contract. In the evening band and Steve Smith go to Heppy's night spot in Wakefield to see The Chameleons. 

Thur 4
Another day at Smithy Brook rehearsing with Steve Smith. I drop in with Kev Moore's biography for the band to look over which they approve. 

Wed 10
Whistle stop visit to London. Bleddyn Butcher the photographer meets us at Chris Carr's office in Kilburn. We then go on together for a photo session at The Bush Theatre and surrounding area in Shepherds Bush. Later in the afternoon we visit Polydor to inspect the "Photography" cover and insert and we are all given White Labels to listen to. Then we meet Rick Martinez at the Grosvenor Hotel (he gets his car clamped) to discuss how it might work to have him doing live drumming. Set off back to Yorkshire at 9.20 p.m. 

Sun 14
Rick Martinez arrives in Yorkshire. Band have a meal with him at Ian's house. 

Mon 15
Rehearsal with Rick Martinez and Steve Smith set up for Birds Edge Village Hall near Huddersfield. Band find the setting unsuitable so make hasty arrangements to re-locate to the student union building at Bretton Hall college Wakefield. First rehearsal with bass and drums takes place here. 

Tues 16
Bretton Hall College S U: More rehearsal with Rick and Steve, interrupted by an irate sculptor in residence who is trying to work below. In the evening all go to The Wakefield Arms and everyone ends up joining in with local band Shaboom who are playing there. 

Wed 17
Today Radio 1 take delivery of copies of Photography from plugger Chris Marshall who we managed to get Polydor to retain after his work on "Winter" with Cocteau Records. Chris rings to suggest we listen in and we hear the first play with Janice Long who is sitting in for Peter Powell on Radio 1 Drivetime. 

Thur 18
Bretton Hall College. After the sculptor episode I arrange for a re-locate to the Ezra Taylor building for more rehearsal with Rick and Steve Smith. 

Fri 19
This would have been the release date of Photography before it was put back. Another day of rehearsing at Bretton Hall College. In the evening Photography is played at Wakefield Alternative Club "Raffles" by resident DJ Electronic Glenn(!!). Rick returns to London. 

Mon 22
Richard Skinner plays Photography on Radio 1. Drive band to London for meeting with lawyer James Wylie about publishing contracts. Meet Rick Martinez there. Band stay on to have more talks about formalising our management arrangements and we all meet at Polydor. Drinks at The Grosvenor and an Italian meal then drive back to Yorkshire late in the evening. 

Tues 23
John Peel plays Photography on Radio! 

Fri 26
Photography's revised release date. 

Sat 27
A play on Janice Long's Saturday afternoon Show. 

Wed 31
Ian Steve and David have interview on Leeds ILR station Radio Aire.

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