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Frank Tovey

It is with great regret that Mute announces the news that Frank Tovey aka Fad Gadget died on Wednesday 3rd April 2002 at his home in London of heart failure. Frank had suffered from heart problems since his childhood.

Frank Tovey will be best remembered as one of the Electronic pioneers who, alongside Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and The Normal, were at the forefront of the Electronic Movement of the late '70s/early '80s.

Frank Tovey was the first signing to the Mute label with the release of his debut single, the ground breaking 'Back To Nature' in October 1979. Recorded using a drum machine and synthesiser, a string of classic singles followed including 'Rickys Hand, 'Fireside Favourites and Collapsing New People. A truly unique artist, his live shows were legendary and quickly established Frank Tovey as one of the most exciting acts around. The shows often ended with Frank injuring himself from his intense performance.

After four critically acclaimed albums, "Fireside Favourites" (1980), "Incontinent" (1981), "Under The Flag" (1982), and "Gag" (1984), Tovey dropped the Fad Gadget name and recorded a further five albums for Mute under his own name throughout the 80s and early 90s. He continued to experiment with many different styles, mixing Electronics with Rock, Punk, Folk and Dance Music with amazing results and is recognised as one of the most influential acts of the last twenty years.

Daniel Miller - "Frank was the first artist I ever worked with on Mute , he made some very special and influential records and was an exceptional live performer. Frank played a big part in helping to lay the foundations of what the label was to become in the ensuing years, I will miss him greatly."

He recently toured Europe with label mates Depeche Mode on the Exciter tour and was working on new material at the time of his death.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to his family and friends.
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