Under the Flag

Under the Flag is an experimental electronic album released in 1982 by Fad Gadget.

Under the Flag
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1982
GenreNew wave, electronic
LabelMute - Stumm 8
ProducerFrank Tovey, John Fryer
Fad Gadget chronology
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Written by Frank Tovey for the most part concerning his fear for the future of the world, in light of having just become a father. He was apparently afraid of the world his daughter 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. It features backing vocals by fellow Mute Records artist Alison Moyet.

"Scapegoat" features a Dutch nursery rhyme. Some of the ideas on this album were heavily inspired by German band Die Krupps and this is borne out by Fad Gadget's later album Gag which features Einstürzende Neubauten, who worked closely with Die Krupps.


  1. "Under the Flag I"
  2. "Scapegoat"
  3. "Love Parasite"
  4. "Plainsong"
  5. "Wheels of Fortune"
  6. "Life on the Line IV"
  7. "The Sheep Look Up"
  8. "Cipher"
  9. "For Whom the Bells Toll"
  10. "Under the Flag II"

Recorded at Blackwing Studios, All Hallows Church, London in 1982. Produced by Fad Gadget and John Fryer


  • Fad Gadget – vocals, synthesizer, computer
  • Nick Cash – Timpani, Vibraphone, Percussion [Hand-held]
  • David Simmonds – grand piano, synthesizer
  • chorus: Alison Moyet, Andrew Kay, Anne Clift, Barbara Frost, Jill Tipping, John Fryer, Yvette Anna


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