Gone But Not Forgotten! JOHN TOVEY Aka FAT GADGET (1956-2002)

Great artists from the past

23 March 2022

Artist: FAD GADGET
Who: The stage name of London’s
post-punk maverick Frank Tovey.

Albums: 4 under the Fad Gadget moniker
and 6 under his own name.
Full discography: here.

AllMusic: “For all intents and purposes, Frank Tovey was best known as the man behind Fad Gadget, one of the most significant cult acts of the post-punk boom. As Fad Gadget, Tovey and his revolving door of conspirators released several singles and four full-length albums that stretched the boundaries of pop music during the late ’70s and early ’80s. And after Tovey started making records under his own name in the mid-’80s, he continued to remain as unpredictable as ever, working within the realms of Cajun, blues, and folk, in addition to furthering his journey into experimental electronics.”

Tovey was born on 8 September 1956. He died of
a heart attack on 3 April 2002, only 45. R.I.P.

Three great Tovey moments…

– COLLAPSING NEW PEOPLE –
(From the 1984 ‘Gag’ album)

– KING OF THE FLIES –
(From ‘Incontinent’ album.
Live in Manchester 1984)

– LADYSHAVE –
(B-side from 1981 single Make Room)

All FAD GADGET singles…

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FAD GADGET: Story

(Image on top: cover of his ‘Gag’ LP)

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