Tackhead

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Tackhead was created when bassist Doug Wimbish, guitarist Skip McDonald, and drummer Keith Leblanc (the Sugar Hill Records house band and one of the most-recorded electrofunk rhythm sections) met English dub master and On-U sound boss Adrian Sherwood in 1984.

First under the moniker Fats Comet and then Tackhead, they recorded experimental 12" singles using a sampler as a real instrument, mixing dub, funk, and industrial music. In 1989, vocalist Bernard Fowler joined the band, taking it into a less underground direction.

Tackhead was also a backing band for Mark Stewart and Gary Clail.
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Albums

WR013 Friendly As A Hand Grenade — Tackhead Tackhead Friendly As A Hand Grenade (MiniAlbum, Album) World Records WR013 France 1989 Sell This Version
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4PRO-95193 Strange Things — Tackhead Tackhead Strange Things (Album) SBK Records 4PRO-95193 US 1990 Sell This Version
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none Share>>Head — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Share>>Head(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Tackhead Self-released) none Germany 2010 Sell This Version
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none Metal Box — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Metal Box(Box, Ltd, Num + DVDr, DVD-V + CDr, CD-ROM, MP3 + C) Not On Label (Tackhead Self-released) none Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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DR109 For The Love Of Money — Tackhead Tackhead For The Love Of Money (Album) Dude Records (2) DR109 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
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EB116 The Message — Tackhead Tackhead Vs. Robo Bass Hifi Vs. Fats Comet Tackhead Vs. Robo Bass Hifi Vs. Fats Comet - The Message (Album) Echo Beach EB116 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
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EB121 The Lost Tapes Vol. One & Remixes — Tackhead Tackhead The Lost Tapes Vol. One & Remixes(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num) Echo Beach EB121 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

DP 15-12 Mind At The End Of The Tether — Tackhead Tack»Head* Mind At The End Of The Tether (Single) On-U Sound DP 15-12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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07456 What's My Mission Now? — Tackhead Tackhead What's My Mission Now? (Single) On-U Sound, On-U Sound 07456 France 1985 Sell This Version
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WR007 Hard Left — Tackhead Gary Clail And Tackhead Gary Clail And Tackhead - Hard Left World Records, On-U Sound, On-U Sound WR007 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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TB 899 A.F.R.I.C.A. / Free South Africa — Tackhead Stetsasonic / Tackhead Stetsasonic / Tackhead - A.F.R.I.C.A. / Free South Africa(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 899 US 1987 Sell This Version
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BRWP 65 The Game — Tackhead Tackhead The Game (Single) 4th & Broadway BRWP 65 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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ON-U DP 19, ON-U DP19, ON-U DP19/12" Reality — Tackhead Tackhead / Gary Clail Tackhead / Gary Clail - Reality On-U Sound, On-U Sound, On-U Sound ON-U DP 19, ON-U DP19, ON-U DP19/12" UK 1988 Sell This Version
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WR012 C Ticking Time Bomb — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Ticking Time Bomb (Single) World Records WR012 C UK 1989 Sell This Version
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12 SBK 7014 Dangerous Sex — Tackhead Tackhead Dangerous Sex (Single) SBK Records 12 SBK 7014 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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TVT4061 Demolition House (Remix) — Tackhead Tackhead Demolition House (Remix) (Single) TVT Records TVT4061 US 1990 Sell This Version
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TCSBK 7016, 2040064, TC-SBK 7016 Class Rock — Tackhead Tackhead Class Rock (Single, Maxi) SBK Records TCSBK 7016, 2040064, TC-SBK 7016 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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BLC5CD Videohead — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Videohead (Maxi) Blanc Records BLC5CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
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IIM014, none Exodus — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Exodus Irie Ites Music, Echo Beach IIM014, none Germany 2011 Sell This Version
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DR108 Funky President Vs. King Bee — Tackhead Tack>>Head* Funky President Vs. King Bee (EP) Dude Records (2) DR108 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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Compilations

ALCA-554 Power Inc. Volume 1 — Tackhead Tack>Head* Power Inc. Volume 1 (Comp) Blanc Records ALCA-554 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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BLCCD11 Power Inc. Volume 2 — Tackhead Tackhead Power Inc. Volume 2(CD, Comp) Blanc Records BLCCD11 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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BLCCD17, 18717-2 Power Inc. Volume 3 (Live) — Tackhead Tackhead Power Inc. Volume 3 (Live) (Comp, EP) Blanc Records, EFA BLCCD17, 18717-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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3750 192, 00946 3750192 4 Tackhead Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood — Tackhead Tackhead Tackhead Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood (Comp) EMI, EMI, On-U Sound, On-U Sound 3750 192, 00946 3750192 4 UK 2006 Sell This Version

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Drawdel

Drawdel

September 15, 2018
I saw Tackhead twice in the late '80's when they played in Manchester. Both great gigs.
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robtadrian

robtadrian

July 28, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
My personal holy grail is a copy of the promo video for 1990's Class Rock off of Strange Things. I asked Skip, Bernard and Doug about it when they did a radio interview in Connecticut. They hadn't seen it in years and Skip said he wore a real expensive pair of glasses in it and never saw them again. The clip seen on Youtube is a live version. Anybody with any other Tackhead material (radio interviews, etc) Please contact me!
Cvdven

Cvdven

June 3, 2015
Additionally, Bernard Fowler was a background singer for The Rolling Stones. It is through him that Doug Wimbish became The Stones' live bass player after Bill Wyman left that band.
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wailinwailer

wailinwailer

April 15, 2015
mossadon pretty much nails it, except that Bernard Fowler didn't really come into the story until well after Tackhead was established. They were playing as a recording and live unit as Tackhead already, but Fowler joined the band for their major label backed album 'Friendly As A Hand Grenade'. They also played as a version of the Maffia, Mark Stewart's backing band, and still do when they get the chance. Several of the releases under Keith le Blanc's name, eg. 'Major Malfunction' are actually Tackhead, as are many other On-U projects, such as Strange Parcels.
mossadon

mossadon

February 15, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
A band containing musicians who are considered some of the best in their individual fields, TACK>HEAD are a rare thing in modern music ... Unique !
SKIP McDONALD (Guitar),DOUG WIMBISH (Bass) and KEITH leBLANC (Drums) were basically the house band for non other than SUGARHILL RECORDS. They layed down the backing for some of Rap musics timeless classics, including Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "The Message" (note, GMF had NOTHING to do with this record!). After hookin up with English engineering genius ADRIAN SHERWOOD they started a project called FATS COMET and commenced delivering industrial electro masterpieces full of cut up vocal samples over progressive,illuminating beats together with dirty street licks and sometimes joined by DJ CHEESE to cut and scratch to the rhythm. These records crossed baundries, being played at New Wave clubs, Student Nights and for breakers and poppers at Rap clubs.After 5 releases under that monicer they were joined by NYC Peach Boys vocalist BERNARD FOWLER (The singing preacher at the end of the movie BEAT STREET) and seamlessly morphed into TACK>HEAD.
With the addition of real lyrics and with further exploration into other 'styles' of music which they made their own, TACK>HEAD developed a style and delivery unique in contempary music. Niether Electro or Rock, New Wave or Pop they are all this and more. Always having a conscious head for the political happenings of the times and never afraid to say something about it (They contributed to the SUN CITY project album ) but countering that with a healthy dose of fun. They are truly unacknowledged in general music for their groundbreaking material and the influence they've had.
DJ.Jonti

DJ.Jonti

April 8, 2004
Borrowing from virtually all musical genres going (ska, rock/metal, electonica, dub, hip-hop, etc, etc), <i>TACK>>HEAD</i> are one of those outfits that really defy any neat classification. Their unique soundtrack is inter-laced with voice samples (e.g. Margaret Thatcher) and an underlying and overriding alternative political stance.

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