The Best of Fad Gadget

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2001, when just about any band who had released their records during the post-punk explosion was having their records re-released, when bands like the Human League were releasing new records that revitalized their original sound, and when compilations released by Ersatz Audio, International Deejay Gigolos, and Ghostly International were gaining lots of attention for breathing new life into electronic-based post-punk
ew wave, a Fad Gadget compilation was issued to shamefully little fanfare. During Frank Tovey's initial stretch as Fad Gadget from (roughly) 1979-1984, he released four LPs and a slew of singles that rate as well as early ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2001, when just about any band who had released their records during the post-punk explosion was having their records re-released, when bands like the Human League were releasing new records that revitalized their original sound, and when compilations released by Ersatz Audio, International Deejay Gigolos, and Ghostly International were gaining lots of attention for breathing new life into electronic-based post-punk
ew wave, a Fad Gadget compilation was issued to shamefully little fanfare. During Frank Tovey's initial stretch as Fad Gadget from (roughly) 1979-1984, he released four LPs and a slew of singles that rate as well as early Human League, one-shots the Normal, and Red Mecca-era Cabaret Voltaire. (He was also kind enough to part with a good portion of his pubes while in performance, but that's another story.) As the first signing to Daniel Miller's crucial Mute label, Fad Gadget's mix of the absurd, the artful, and the alien-funky deserves canonization just as much as anyone else of the time. The Best of Fad Gadget is a bolstered update of 1986's The Fad Gadget Singles, containing the earlier compilation in its entirety and adding B-sides and a second disc of mostly worthwhile remixes. These songs are just as likely to add a dance beat as they are likely to take a hand-drill to it and destroy it; from the synapse-frying plod of "Back to Nature" to the relatively less confrontational Kraut disco of "Collapsing New People," the compilation plots a Lombard Blvd.-like course that runs from amateurish machine-grappling at its most exciting to chart-threatening dance-pop. If this greatness isn't enough to interest post-punk trainspotting types, scattered contributions from the Birthday Party's Roland S. Howard, Wire's Robert Gotobed, and the Normal's Miller should just about do it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2001
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596917121
  • Catalog Number: 9171
  • Sales rank: 63,516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back to Nature (5:49)
  2. 2 The Box (4:15)
  3. 3 Ricky's Hand (4:09)
  4. 4 Handshake (4:27)
  5. 5 Fireside Favourite (4:17)
  6. 6 Insecticide (3:11)
  7. 7 Make Room (4:14)
  8. 8 Lady Shave (5:48)
  9. 9 Saturday Night Special (4:34)
  10. 10 King of the Flies (3:06)
  11. 11 Life on the Line (3:57)
  12. 12 4M (3:09)
  13. 13 For Whom the Bells Toll (3:35)
  14. 14 Love Parasite (3:17)
  15. 15 I Discover Love (3:50)
  16. 16 Collapsing New People (4:17)
  17. 17 One Man's Meat (3:27)
  18. 18 Luxury (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Collapsing New People (7:10)
  2. 2 Fireside Favourite (4:48)
  3. 3 Swallow It (4:55)
  4. 4 Love Parasite, No. 2 (6:32)
  5. 5 Luxury (7:06)
  6. 6 For Whom the Bells Toll 3 (8:05)
  7. 7 I Discover Love (5:46)
  8. 8 Sleep (3:55)
  9. 9 Life on the Line (5:09)
  10. 10 One Man's Meat (6:29)
  11. 11 Immobilise (4:24)
  12. 12 Collapsing New People (9:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fad Gadget Primary Artist
Frank Tovey Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Voices, Toy Instruments
Einst├╝rzende Neubauten Guest Appearance
Nick Cash Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Anne Clift Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Fryer Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Gotobed Drums
Daniel Miller Synthesizer, Synclavier
Alison Moyet Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eric Radcliffe Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
David Simmonds Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Grand), Water Bowl
Daryl Williams Brass
Pete Balmer Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Eddie Carnihan Brass
Simmon Gardener Brass
Joni Sacket Voices
Simon Stringer Voices
David Rogers Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Double Bass, Slide Guitar, Synthesizer Bass
Rowland S. Howard Guitar
Technical Credits
Ian Gillan Composer
Frank Tovey Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, drum machine, Remixing, Rhythm Programming
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Roger Glover Composer
Nick Cash Remixing
John Fryer Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Tony Harris Engineer, Engineering
Gareth Jones Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Daniel Miller Producer, Engineer, drum machine, Remixing
Dave Penny Inlay Photography
Eric Radcliffe Engineer, Remixing
Paul Morley Liner Notes
Larry Bastian Composer
DeWayne Blackwell Composer
Alistair Clay Remixing
Simon Stringer Sculpture
I Monster Remixing
Malcolm Poynter Contributor
Angela Hayward Sleeve Design
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