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11 Feb 2014


Mute Song sign Frank Tovey/Fad Gadget Catalogue—

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Mute Song are now the publishers of the entire Fad Gadget and Frank Tovey catalogue.

The first artist to be signed by Daniel Miller to Mute in 1979, Fad Gadget was a contemporary of the early Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. Along with Miller – who recorded as The Normal and also as the Silicon Teens – these acts pioneered a type of electronic music which is now very much part of the mainstream but seemed totally alien in the post-punk era.

As Fad Gadget, Frank Tovey released four critically acclaimed albums and developed a cult following, as much for his fearless live performances as for his radical use of sound on tracks like Back To Nature and Ricky’s Hand, and his lyrical insights and observations on Collapsing New People and Luxury.

Never one to be typecast, in the mid-eighties, Frank Tovey ditched the Fad Gadget alias and became a more traditional singer-songwriter. He issued a further six albums, two of them backed by Irish cowpunk bluegrass band, the Pyros, as well as providing the soundtracks for theatre productions directed by his friend Michael Vale.

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