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The Best of Fad Gadget
0. DISC 1: THE SINGLES & B-SIDES:
1. Back to Nature
2. Box, The
3. Ricky's Hand
5. Fireside Favourite
7. Make Room
8. Lady Shave
9. Saturday Night Special
10. King of the Flies
11. Life on the Line
13. For Whom the Bells Toll
14. Love Parasite
15. I Discover Love
16. Collapsing New People
17. One Man's Meat
0. DISC 2: 12" MIXES:
1. Collapsing New People - (Berlin Mix)
2. Fireside Favourite - (Toasted Crumpet Mix)
3. Swallow It - (Regurgitated mix)
4. Love Parasite, No. 2
5. Luxury - (Remix, remix)
6. For Whom the Bells Toll 3
7. I Discover Love - (extended version)
8. Sleep - (Electro-Induced Original mix, Electro-Induced Original)
9. Life on the Line - (version 2)
10. One Man's Meat - (Remix, remix)
11. Immobilise - (Foot Binding Trot Mix)
12. Collapsing New People - (London Mix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 691712A
Fad Gadget includes: Frank Tovey, Jonie Sacket (vocals); David Rogers (slide guitar, bass syntnesizer, double bass); David Simmonds, Nick Cash, B.J. Frost.
Additional personnel includes: Daniel Miller, Alison Moyet, Einsturzende Neubauten, Dave Simmonds.
Producers: Frank Tovey, Gareth Jones, Daniel Miller, John Fryer.
Engineers: John Fryer, Eric Radcliffe, Gareth Jones.
Personnel: Frank Tovey (vocals, guitar, electric piano, synthesizer, drum machine, computer, tapes, sound effects); Pete Balmer (vocals, bass guitar, background vocals); Anne Clift, John Fryer (vocals, background vocals); David Rogers (guitar, slide guitar, bass synthesizer, double bass); Eric Radcliffe (guitar, banjo, bass guitar); Rowland S. Howard (guitar); Eddie Carnihan, Simmon Gardener, Daryl Williams (brass); David Simmonds (piano, grand piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Daniel Miller (synthesizer, Synclavier, drum machine); Nick Cash (vibraphone, drums, percussion); Robert Gotobed (drums); Alison Moyet (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Daniel Miller; Eric Radcliffe; Alistair Clay; Frank Tovey; Gareth Jones ; I Monster; John Fryer; Nick Cash.
Liner Note Author: Paul Morley.
Recording information: Blackwing Studios, London, England (1979-2000); Hansa Tonstudios, Berlin, Germany (1979-2000); London, England (1979-2000); RMS Studios, London, England (1979-2000); The Garden Studios, London, England (1979-2000).
Photographers: Peter Gruchot; Dave Penny; Anno Dittmer; Anton Corbijn.
Unknown Contributor Role: Malcolm Poynter.
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/new 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. ~ Andy Kellman
Uncut (11/01, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Bizarre? Undoubtedly. Uncompromising? Definitely...."
The Wire (10/01, p.73) - "...Fad's scalpel-sharp electronic pop forwarded a real alternative to late 70s/early 80s lip-synching electro-pop...being experimental and confrontational..."
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