Fad Gadget

Fad Gadget

Real Name:
Francis John (Frank) Tovey
Fad Gadget (born September 8, 1956, London, England - died 3 April 2002, London, England) was the first signing on Mute Records with the release of his debut single, the ground breaking 'Back To Nature' in October 1979. His live shows in the early 80´s were quite wild and unique, often ending with the man injuring himself... Following the album Gag in 1984, he dropped the stage name and started recording under his real name Frank Tovey. The release of The Best of Fad Gadget in 2001 and his supporting Depeche Mode on their Exciter Tour should have helped revive his career as Fad Gadget, but he died on April 3rd, 2002 at his home in London of a heart attack at the age of 45.

Fad Gadget Discography


STUMM 3 Fad Gadget Fireside Favourites (Album) Mute STUMM 3 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Stumm 6, INT 146.802 Fad Gadget Incontinent (Album) Mute Stumm 6, INT 146.802 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
C STUMM 8, CSTUMM8 Fad Gadget Under The Flag (Album) Mute C STUMM 8, CSTUMM8 UK 1982 Sell This Version
STUM 15 Fad Gadget Gag (Album) Mute STUM 15 Canada 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MUTE 002 Fad Gadget Back To Nature / The Box (Single) Mute MUTE 002 UK 1979 Sell This Version
MUTE 006 Fad Gadget Ricky's Hand / Handshake (Single) Mute MUTE 006 UK 1980 Sell This Version
101528 Fad Gadget Fireside Favourite / Insecticide (Single) Mute 101528 France 1980 Sell This Version
MUTE 012 Fad Gadget Make Room (Single) Mute MUTE 012 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FLEXIPOP 011 Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies (EP) Flexipop FLEXIPOP 011 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SSC 5382 Fad Gadget Life On The Line (Single) Mute SSC 5382 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 026 Fad Gadget For Whom The Bells Toll (Single) Mute 7 MUTE 026 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SPBO-7304 Fad Gadget Saturday Night Special (Single) Mute SPBO-7304 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 021 Fad Gadget King Of The Flies(7", Single) Mute 7 MUTE 021 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SPBO-7444 Fad Gadget I Discover Love (Single, Maxi) Mute SPBO-7444 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
none Fad Gadget / Mecano (2) Fad Gadget / Mecano (2) - Untitled / March Of The Iron Workers(Flexi, 7") Vinyl Magazine none Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
101869 Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie - Collapsing New People (Single, Maxi) Mute 101869 France 1983 Sell This Version
POW 0206 Fad Gadget One Man's Meat (Single) Mute POW 0206 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
none Dr. Motte vs. Fad Gadget Dr. Motte vs. Fad Gadget - Ricky's Hand(12", W/Lbl, Num) Mute none Germany 1999 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 269, 12MUTE269 Fad Gadget Fireside Favourite(12") Mute, Mute 12 MUTE 269, 12MUTE269 Europe 2001 Sell This Version


CDMUTEL7, 391.2007.023 Fad Gadget The Best Of Fad Gadget (Comp) Mute CDMUTEL7, 391.2007.023 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
9336-2, 724596933626 Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey - Fad Gadget By Frank Tovey (Comp) Mute, Mute 9336-2, 724596933626 US 2006 Sell This Version


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February 28, 2003
Fad Gadget, or Frank Tovey - which was his real name (born 1956 in London’s East End), was one of the groundbreaking artists in the electronic genre in the late 70’s/early 80’s.
He was the first signing on Mute Records, where he worked together with e.g. Daniel Miller and John Fryer.
Fad Gadget was known as an eccentric wild man live on stage, as he performed in weird outfits and often ending the shows by injuring himself (he once broke both his legs in a concert in Amsterdam).

Musical highlights were his two first singles "Back To Nature" (released in 1979) and "Ricky’s Hand" (1980), his debut album "Fireside Favourites" (1980) which is truly groundbreaking, and "Under The Flag" (1982), by many considered as his best album and has the great tunes "For Whom The Bells Toll" and "Love Parasite" on it.
Worth mentioning is also his collaboration with the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten that resulted in the brilliant song "Collapsing New People" in 1984.

In 1985 Tovey dropped the Fad Gadget name, and started to release records under his real name. Unfortunately he passed away in 2001, because of a heart failure.

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