Friday, November 2, 2007

Fad Gadget

Frank Tovey (September 8, 1956 - April 3, 2002), better known as Fad Gadget, was an influential British avant-garde electronic musician who was a pioneer of the budding genres of new wave and electronica.

Fad Gadget's music is characterized by a distinctive use of synthesizers in conjunction with sounds of machinery, including drills and electric razors. His bleak, sarcastic, and darkly humorous lyrics were often layered in meaning, and discussed subjects such as machinery, building construction, human sexuality, and physical violence. His singing style, a droning monotone, influenced later gothic and industrial rock movements. Fad Gadget was known for confrontational live performances which included Tovey covering himself in tar and feathers, leaping into the audience, and playing instruments with his head. (

Saturday, 3 September 1983, "Feestzaal", 22:45 - 23:45

Line up

Set list
There is some confusion about the set list for this show. I have found 2 separate (partial?) lists, both claiming to be Pandora's Music Box. The problem is that they don't add up:

Set list #1
01 Speak to me
02 One man’s meat

Set list #2
01 Coitus interruptus (2:45)
02 Ideal world (5:06)
03 Collapsing new people (4:02)
04 The ring (3:58)
05 Ad nauseam (3:42)
06 Lemming stomp (4:35)
07 For whom the bells tolls (5:11)
08 Ricky’s hand (3:26)
09 Back to nature (5:15)
10 Fireside favourite (3:57)

Both set lists have been recorded. I have tracks 01 - 02 from set list #1, get them here Set list #2 is released as a bootleg, listed on some weird Russian music store website: It is listed as 1984, but as far as I know, Fad Gadget only played Pandora's in 1983, so maybe the bootleg was released in 1984.

[Edit: Since I've acquired set #2, I'm by now pretty sure that set list #2 is in fact recorded at NOT Pandora's Music Box but in the Arena in Rotterdam a couple of months later: 17 March 1984 ( - P@ndora]

Other info

Article from festival booklet

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