Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Fad Gadget - Back To Nature

Fad Gadet's (aka the late Frank Tovey) debut single was this dark but brilliant single 'Back To Nature' released on the legendary Mute label. This for me is more superior to many of the sparse and cold electronic records released around this era, it has a big sound to it, as if it's from a film soundtrack, how he got that sound from a synthesizer is outstanding.

The b-side 'The Box' is also good, but 'Back To Nature' is the stand out track. Fad Gadget released a number of decent singles such as 'Ricky's hand' and 'Fireside Favourites', but for me this release was his finest moment.

Try it out, and leave a comment to say what you think.

There is one etching on the b-side 'No Comment'.

Band: Fad Gadget
Label: Mute
Year: 1979
1. Back To Nature
2. The Box

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:

if you like this then your in luck, if you want to know everything about Fad Gadget then go for this:
Frank Tovey - Fad Gadget [2dvd+ 2cd]
Frank Tovey - Fad Gadget [2dvd+ 2cd]
If you just want to sample the best of then try this:
The Best of Fad Gadget
The Best of Fad Gadget


raf said...

I've still got this on vinyl, an absolute classic much under rated though.

garychching said...

Thanks for the comment raf, I have never stopped playing this one, and I don't think I ever will. V underated.

flipdraw said...
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flipdraw said...

I never knew much Fad Gadget beyond The Fad Gadget Singles compilation. It's ordered chronologically, and I used to prefer the songs at the end ("Collapsing New People," etc.). I recently picked it up again and discovered that the songs at the beginning - which you have mentioned - are really the best, especially Ricky's Hand. I like the naive sound of what's supposed to be percussion, particularly the high hat. Once the crisp punch of the Linn Drum was introduced, for me, that was the start of the eighties. My apologies for the dissertation and thanks for sharing.

garychching said...

Hi Flipdraw thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated,

I love everything by Fad Gadget, but you described it perfectly, there is something about the simplicity of the earlier stuff that just always works for me. Once played they are stuck in my mind for ages.