Fad Gadget

Bürgerl. Name:
Francis John (Frank) Tovey
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Fad Gadget (Frank Tovey, born 8 September 1956, London) was the first artist signed to Mute Records. His groundbreaking 'Back To Nature' was released as Mute's second single, in October 1979. His live shows were known for being far more physical than those of many other electronic acts of the time, often featuring Tovey injuring himself. Following the album Gag in 1984, he dropped the stage name and in favour of his real name. The release of The Best of Fad Gadget in 2001 and his supporting Depeche Mode on their Exciter Tour looked set to help his relaunch as Fad Gadget, but he died, aged 45, of a heart attack on 3 April 2002, at his home in London.
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Albums

Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourites Cover-Design Fad Gadget Fireside Favourites (Album) Mute UK 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Incontinent Cover-Design Fad Gadget Incontinent (Album) Mute Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Under The Flag Cover-Design Fad Gadget Under The Flag (Album) Mute UK 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Gag Cover-Design Fad Gadget Gag (Album) Mute Canada 1984 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

Fad Gadget - Back To Nature / The Box Cover-Design Fad Gadget Back To Nature / The Box (Single) Mute UK 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Ricky's Hand / Handshake Cover-Design Fad Gadget Ricky's Hand / Handshake (Single) Mute UK 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourite / Insecticide Cover-Design Fad Gadget Fireside Favourite / Insecticide (Single) Mute UK 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Make Room Cover-Design Fad Gadget Make Room (Single) Mute UK 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies Cover-Design Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget Depeche Mode / Fad Gadget - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead / King Of The Flies (EP) Flexipop UK 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Life On The Line Cover-Design Fad Gadget Life On The Line (Single, Maxi) Mute Spain 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - For Whom The Bells Toll Cover-Design Fad Gadget For Whom The Bells Toll (Single) Mute UK 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Saturday Night Special Cover-Design Fad Gadget Saturday Night Special (Single) Mute, Mute Spain 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
7 MUTE 021 Fad Gadget - King Of The Flies Cover-Design Fad Gadget King Of The Flies(7", Single) Mute 7 MUTE 021 UK 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - I Discover Love Cover-Design Fad Gadget I Discover Love (Single, Maxi) Mute Spain 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
101869 Fad Gadget - Collapsing New People / Wanderin Stranger Cover-Design Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie Fad Gadget / Lionel Richie - Collapsing New People / Wanderin Stranger(7", Single, Smplr, TP) Vogue 101869 France 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
none Fad Gadget - Untitled / March Of The Iron Workers Cover-Design Fad Gadget / Mecano (2) Fad Gadget / Mecano (2) - Untitled / March Of The Iron Workers(Flexi, 7") Vinyl Magazine none Netherlands 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Collapsing New People Cover-Design Fad Gadget Collapsing New People (Single, Maxi) Mute UK 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - One Man's Meat Cover-Design Fad Gadget One Man's Meat (Single) Mute New Zealand 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
none Fad Gadget - Ricky's Hand Cover-Design Dr. Motte vs. Fad Gadget Dr. Motte vs. Fad Gadget - Ricky's Hand(12", Num, W/Lbl) Mute none Germany 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
12 MUTE 269, 12MUTE269 Fad Gadget - Fireside Favourite Cover-Design Fad Gadget Fireside Favourite(12") Mute, Mute 12 MUTE 269, 12MUTE269 Europe 2001 Diese Version verkaufen

Compilations

Fad Gadget - The Best Of Fad Gadget Cover-Design Fad Gadget The Best Of Fad Gadget (Comp) Mute Europe 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
CDMUTEL7 Fad Gadget - The Best Of Fad Gadget Cover-Design Fad Gadget The Best Of Fad Gadget(2xCDr, Comp, Promo) Mute CDMUTEL7 UK 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
Fad Gadget - Fad Gadget By Frank Tovey Cover-Design Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey - Fad Gadget By Frank Tovey (Comp) Mute, Mute US 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
none Fad Gadget - 3 Songs Cover-Design Fad Gadget 3 Songs(CDr, Comp, Promo) Not On Label (Fad Gadget) none US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen

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28. Februar 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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