Who Sang Under the Flag I? Fad Gadget

Fad Gadget Under the Flag cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1982-9-1
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro/Synth-pop/Experimental
length: 3:09
producer: John Fryer and Frank Tovey
lead vocals: Frank Tovey
engineer: John Fryer
programming: Frank Tovey
choir vocals: Yvette Anna, Barbara Frost, Jill Tipping, Andrew Kay, Alison Moyet, John Fryer and Anne Clift
synthesizer: Frank Tovey
synthesizer & grand piano: Dave Simmonds
vibraphone & timpani & percussion: Nick Cash
Lyrics
Well the story begins on the Isle of Dogs
In a time of world recession
There's a queue a mile long for every job
Young hopes deep in depression

Well our anti-hero's coy, such a weak-willed boy
He follows his nose, not his head
So the lap-dog finds a mate, and makes his first mistake
She winds up in a hospital bed

Now the baby's doing fine, but daddy hasn't got the time
He'll drink himself oblivious
Then return and hit the wife, she'll attack him with a knife
Oh the script is so damned obvious

Under the flag

Survival leads men to do foolish things
And yes he was a fool
He thought he'd try working for the government
A civil service tool

Now the boy is doing fine, but he'll have to toe the line
His orders are from high above
'cause when you're working for the state you can sell your life to fate
You're not working anymore for love

Under the flag

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 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

  • Release information
    label: Mute
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin