In 1981, the band (with new guitarist Paul Widger) offered "Thirst", available through independent label Fetish. With the ground for such "difficult music" having been prepared by Throbbing Gristle, the press reaction was remarkably favorable. Nevertheless, the band disintegrated at the end of the year, and tragedy struck with the death of co-founder Turner. Newton kept the name while the three other surviving members joined the Box.
By 1983, replacements had been found in John Valentine Carruthers (guitar), Paul Browse (saxophone), Dean Dennis (bass) and Nick Sanderson (drums). A brace of singles prefaced "Advantage", their first album for Polydor Records. The following year Carruthers and Sanderson departed, and Clock DVA continued as a trio. Though it would be five years before a follow-up, Newton was kept busy with his visual project The Anti Group (TAGC), and several singles. "Buried Dreams" finally arrived in 1989. By the time of 1991's "Transitional Voices", Browse had been replaced by Robert E. Baker, of TAGC. The departure of Dennis after the completion of "Man Amplified" and "Digital Soundtracks" in 1992 left the remaining duo of Newton and Baker to record "Sign".
After some 15 years of silence, Adi Newton has reactivated Clock DVA. Since 2011 the new line-up (feat. Maurizio "TeZ" Martinucci) has performed at several festivals and venues throughout Europe. "Horology", a vinyl box set compilation of early material (1978-1980) was released 2012. According to Newton, Mute Records are going to re-release the Clock DVA albums remastered in a box set in the near future.
A "new" album, "Post-Sign", was released 2013; this album was recorded already in 1994/95 by Newton as an instrumental companion album to "Sign", but remained unreleased at the time due to problems with record labels. "Clock 2", a USB release with all new material plus remixes and videos, is scheduled for release in 2014, as well as a limited 12" with two remixes, on Newton's own label Anterior Research Media Comm.