As you can see, I’m sort of on an 80s kick this week. The early Fad Gadget stuff was more avant-garde than some of his 80’s electronic music peers. He was often known to record using found sounds including drills and razors (similar to what Einsturzende Neubauten was doing back then). He had some highly controversial stage performances, once even tar and feathering himself onstage. (That’s him on the cover there, covered in shaving cream). He’s been called “the bumbling Dr. Who of electro-pop“. That alone should make you check out more of his stuff. Also, his early releases were on Mute Records (home to Depeche Mode). Some of it is on the weirder side (if you couldn’t have guessed), but when he penned a great pop song, it was really a great pop song.
A Modern Songbook by Kaelin Bougneit Well, this cover of Gary Numan / Tubeway Army’s classic “Are “Friends” Electric?” Is most definitely the best cover