Chakk existed between 1981 and 1987. Their first single, "Out Of The Flesh", was recorded with Richard H. Kirk and Stephen Mallinder at Cabaret Voltaire's Western Works studio and mixed and engineered by Alan Cross, a member of the band who had studio training. The track reached No. 3 in the UK Indie Chart in the Autumn of 1984. The next single "You" / "They Say", released on their own Fon Records label the following March, was also an Indie Chart top 10 and lead to publishing and recording deals with MCA Music and MCA Records.

The size of the advance they got from MCA Records is something of a legend since it was large enough to finance the building of Sheffield's first large commercial recording studio, Fon Studios, completed in the summer of 1985. The studio was designed by Alan Cross, Mark Brydon, and Marcus O'Hagan, a friend of the band. The three had backgrounds in Architecture.

Chakk's original sound was centred around Alan Cross' four track tape machine, some home built echo and effects boxes and a small mixing desk. They had always believed that the most important instrument a band could use was the studio itself.

FON became a successful commercial studio after the recording of Chakk's 1986 album "Ten Days in an Elevator", and was a focal point for local sound engineering talent. Robert Gordon, Alan Fisch, Steve Cobby, and Phil Jones (5), to name just a few, all spent time honing their skills there. Alan Cross used various pseudonyms such as D.J. Chakk and Alana Gold to record, produce and remix other acts at FON outside of his role in Chakk.

Chakk left MCA after their album failed to sell in sufficient quantities to satisfy the record label accountants and, back on the FON label, released the "Timebomb" EP in autumn 1986. The band decided to split in the following year. FON Studio continued until 1996.


none Chakk - Clocks And Babies album art Chakk Clocks And Babies (Album) Not On Label (Chakk Self-Released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
MCG 6006 Chakk - 10 Days In An Elevator album art Chakk 10 Days In An Elevator (Album, EP) MCA Records MCG 6006 UK 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DVR6 Chakk - Out Of The Flesh album art Chakk Out Of The Flesh Doublevision DVR6 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FON 001 Chakk - You / They Say album art Chakk You / They Say Fon Records FON 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FONL 001 Chakk - You / Lovetrip album art Chakk You / Lovetrip(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) Fon Records FONL 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
MCG 6006 EP Chakk - Chakk EP album art Chakk Chakk EP (EP) MCA Records MCG 6006 EP UK 1986 Sell This Version
FONT 002 W Chakk - Imagination (Who Needs A Better Life) album art Chakk Imagination (Who Needs A Better Life) (Single) MCA Records FONT 002 W UK 1986 Sell This Version
FON T6 Chakk - Timebomb album art Chakk Timebomb Fon Records FON T6 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FON 3 Chakk - Big Hot Blues album art Chakk Big Hot Blues (Single) MCA Records FON 3 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SWAN 3 Chakk - Bloodsport album art The Swanhunters with Chakk The Swanhunters with Chakk - Bloodsport(12", Maxi) Fon Records SWAN 3 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FON X6 Chakk - Beneath The Dancefloor - Basement Tapes (Chakk 1983-1984) album art Chakk Beneath The Dancefloor - Basement Tapes (Chakk 1983-1984)(12", Ltd, W/Lbl) Fon Records FON X6 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CHAKK 1 Chakk - Brain album art Chakk Brain Fon Records CHAKK 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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August 21, 2021
edited 11 months ago
Together with ‘Black wall blue’ by Hula, ‘Take your time’ is one of my fav tracks EVER! OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PLS - Call Klanggalerie?


August 31, 2002
The bassplayer of Chakk would become a well-known English producer in the 90s. His name Mark Brydon. His most famous project? Being one half of Moloko!


July 19, 2002
Funk rock Sheffield rust belt disco industrialists - Cabaret Voltaire meets Dollar. Led by the lovely Jake Harries. Where is his floppy fringe now? Huh hu.. huh hu..C cut the dust..

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