Fad Gadget

Fad Gadget

Real Name:
Francis John (Frank) Tovey
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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.
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Fad Gadget Discography

Albums

Fad Gadget Fireside Favourites (Album) Mute UK 1980 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Incontinent (Album) Mute Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Under The Flag (Album) Mute UK 1982 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Gag (Album) Mute Canada 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Fad Gadget Back To Nature / The Box (Single) Mute UK 1979 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Ricky's Hand / Handshake (Single) Mute UK 1980 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Fireside Favourite / Insecticide (Single) Mute France 1980 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Make Room (Single) Mute UK 1981 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies (EP) Flexipop UK 1981 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Life On The Line (Single) Mute Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget For Whom The Bells Toll (Single) Mute UK 1982 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget Saturday Night Special (Single) Mute 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
Fad Gadget I Discover Love (Single, Maxi) Mute Spain 1983 Sell This Version
101869 Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie - Collapsing New People / Wanderin Stranger(7", Single, Smplr, TP) Vogue 101869 France 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
Fad Gadget Collapsing New People (Single, Maxi) Mute UK 1983 Sell This Version
Fad Gadget One Man's Meat (Single) Mute 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

Compilations

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

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qlasse

qlasse

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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