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Weird of the Day: Fad Gadget, “Collapsing New People”


 

We’re starting off the week with a flashback to 1984. While I was listening to The Cars and trying to grow my hair into a New Wave mullet, an experimental British musician who recorded under the name Fad Gadget was working on his latest album Gag in Berlin, continuing his attempts to combine pop and New Wave with industrial music. This time around, he was able to enlist some pretty cool collaborators: German industrial pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten. He was so appreciative of their contributions to one track that he named the song “Collapsing New People,” a nod to the English translation of their name, “Collapsing New Buildings.”

According to Dangerous Minds, this video is from a performance of “Collapsing New People” on a show called TV Playback in 1984. Fad Gadget was famous for dramatic, self-abusive stage antics like ripping out his own pubic hairs and tossing them into the audience. Since this was television, I guess he decided to settle for getting tarred and feathered instead.

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Posted on June 30, 2014, in Weird of the Day and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. On this page you’re using a picture of Fad Gadget for which I own the copyright. I have no problem with that as long as you put a caption with my name under the photo and if you link from the photo to the original on my Flickr account:
    Fad Gadget does Madonna
    Regards,

    Rob Kints

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