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Under the Flag
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, New Age, Pop, Rock
Unavailable in the U.S. UK pressing of this 1982 album, the third full length from British experimental/Electronic artist Frank Tovey AKA Fad Gadget. Under The Flag was written by Tovey, for the most part, concerning his f... more »
Unavailable in the U.S. UK pressing of this 1982 album, the third full length from British experimental/Electronic artist Frank Tovey AKA Fad Gadget. Under The Flag was written by Tovey, for the most part, concerning his fear for the future of the world, in light of having just becoming a father. He was apparently afraid of the world his son was going to grow up in. Sampling, which was new technology back in the early 1980s, is incorporated into the album and sequencing is also heavily used. Some of the ideas on this album were heavily inspired by German band Die Krupps and the darker side of Mute labelmates Depeche Mode.
The rarest CD you'll find here!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fad Gadget (aka Frank Tovey) put out several albums before changing his tune and moving on musically. Fad Gadget left a legacy of biting, caustic, hilarious observations about humanity and society in general. The sound is not unlike Depeche Mode, only adding true wit and intellect wrapped in razor wire. Sprinkle in some pop sensibility and perhaps you're close to describing Fad Gadget. If you're into early 80's new wave or Goth, you'll probably appreciate this. Oh, by the way: Fad Gadget albums are LONG OUT OF PRINT and nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find ANYWHERE. Under the flag is one of the classic albums, so don't miss it!"
One of the Greatest Rock Musicals Ever Written
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Make no mistake about it. This IS a rock musical. The overture, rousing end to the first act, the entre'act and the reprise. The elements are here but Tovey has turned the genre on its ear. More like the biting social commentary of A Threepenny Opera than Tommy, it is a harse indictment of Thatcherism and Britain at the time of the war in the Falkland Islands. Songs about unresponsive leaders, government induced unemployment and rabid, pointless jingoism mixed with the coolest industrial rhythms. Ambitious tale of the open festering wounds of industrialized England AND danceable. What more could you want!!"