On this day, 40 years ago, Fad Gadget performed at the Amsterdam Meervaart Theatre.
On this day, 40 years ago, Frank Tovey performed as Fad Gadget at the Amsterdam Meervaart Theatre (29.01.1983), as part of the second anniversary of the monthly Vinyl magazine. The event was given the name 'The Voice Of Mute' as reference to the, at that time, booming Mute records. Besides Fad Gadget, Mute also had artists like Yazoo and Depeche Mode signed to their label. But also because Fad Gadget was the first artist signed to Mute Records in 1979. Cocteau Twins and local Rite de Passage also performed at this event.
Frank Tovey, born 8 September 1956, died due to heart failure on 3 April 2002 at home, just days after returning from a European come-back tour.
It is mainly thanks to Hotel Suburbia, a music program of Dutch TV channel VPRO, that this historical remembrance exists.
The program interviewed Frank Tovey and recorded four tracks of his performance which they broadcasted one week later, on February 6th 1983.
Hotel Suburbia (1983 broadcast)
Life On The Life
For Whom The Bells Toll / Interview
Back To Nature
These videos were later added to the 2006 post-mortem 2 x CD + 2 x DVD release Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey (Mute – CDMUTEL13).
Watch and enjoy this incredibly talented man in this musical history document below.