Friday, August 12, 2011

Fad Gadget – Incontinent [ Mute 1981]

Fad Gadget


Label: Mute
Catalog#: STUMM 6
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 01 Jul 1981
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave, Electro, Synth-pop

A1 Blind Eyes
A2 Swallow It 
A3 Saturday Night Special  
A4 Incontinent
B5 Manual Dexterity
B6 Innocent Bystander
B7 King Of The Flies
B8 Diminished Responsibility 
B9 Plain Clothes
Rip from the vinyl
flac file here    Part 1       Part 2
mp3@320 here

The early eighties saw the emergence of the electronic/dance phenomenon in Europe. At the forefront of this movement were four names: Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League, The Normal, and Fad Gadget (Frank Tovey). Tovey released his first single Back to Nature in 1979 and was the first signing to Daniel Millers Mute label. Miller (as The Normal) had previously put out his own composition T.V.O.D. c/w Warm Leatherette and was thinking of starting a label when he met Tovey. As Fad Gadget Tovey played solo with a drum machine and synthesizer confusing audiences at the time used to the standard rock format. Now, obviously, the scene is radically different with electronic sounds and beat boxes being the norm.
His name is quoted by Depeche Mode and Erasures Vince Clark as a major inspiration and the influence of Tovey's early experiments in electronic music can be heard in the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, New Order and all the Techno/Dance Bands of the 90s. The main characteristic of Tovey's work that distinguished him from his contempories and his followers was the quality of his lyrics. Not satisfied with singing pseudo science fiction (a la Gary Numan) or crass love songs, Tovey developed a style more akin to Dylan or Lou Reed, his black humour often confusing the punters at the time more interested in style than content.

His songs 'spoke of the diseases and fears poorly hidden from view. They spoke for and against the little man, the ubiquitous civilian bewildered by the speed of events threatening to sweep him up or leave him behind. And they spoke in a variety of voices: dead pan, severe, sardonic, satirical and, finally, disarmingly sincere....
-Biba Kopf '91.

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Ένα από τα πρώτα άλμπουμς ηλεκτρονικής μουσικής που άκουσα, μαζί με τους Human League, τους Cabaret Voltaire και τους Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Ιδιαίτερος και κάπως σκοτεινός δίσκος,και η πρώτη φορά που άκουσα ανατολίτικα περάσματα σε new wave τραγούδι [Saturday Night Special] ένα από τα κολλήματα μου για καιρό.
Ύστερα ήρθε και η γνωριμία με τους Depeche Mode, τους
Yazoo και τον Nick Cave...
Αν σας αρέσει αυτό το άλμπουμ, ακούστε και το
Under the Flag από εδώ [Plastic Palace People].

Ακόμα, ακούστε και αυτό.


  1. οσον αφορά πάλι την THE MUSIC MANIAC GIMMICK COMPILATION ψάχνω πληροφοριες για τη μπάντα απο το τέταρτο κομμάτι, τους Daisy Chain? μπορούμε να βρούμε τίποτα απο αυτούς? Ξέρω πάντως πως υπήρχε και μια γερμανικά πανκ ροκ μπάντα με το ίδιο όνομα και γυναικεία φωνητικά

  2. @ voixautre:Thank you.
    @ No future :
    Και αυτοί είναι Γερμανοί, από το Αμβούργο.
    Μέλη :Jani Egloff (vocals, oboe), Tom Budnewski (guitar, vocals), Sven Anders (guitar), Marc Zimmermann (bass), Charalambos Ganotis (drums), Winrich (keyboards), Marco (drums), The Arch (bass, harp, vocals), Roland (drums).
    Κυκλοφόρησαν το Do What Thou Wilt L.P.(1987)
    Μέλη από αυτούς και τους Vietnam Veterans δημιούργησαν τους Vietnam Chain.

  3. xfaristo Θείε
    έχεις υπόψιν που μπορώ να το βρω σε ψηφιακή μορφή?

  4. Σου'στειλα mail.Τα λέμε.

  5. δε το πρόσεξα. Τον δίσκο αυτόν απο Vietnam Chain τον έχω. Καλή συνέχεια...


  7. Thank you so much. I have this on vinyl but sadly no record player anymore, x