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We’re an American Band.

“Exodous”
Bernard Fowler Tack>>Head

The Black Album

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Tack>>Head, at a studio on a farm just outside of Chicago. A moment during the band’s 2004 reunion tour.
(left-right)
Adrian Sherwood (mixing desk)
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (electric guitar/vocals)
Bernard Fowler (Vocals)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)
Doug Wimbish (electric bass guitar/vocals)
Hip-Hop’s Original Rhythm Section
1980 — Sugar Hill Records House Band
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)
(((( the world’s finest )))

On-U Sound

April 13, 2011 Keith LeBlanc and Doug Wimbish open Tack>>Head’s set at ON-U SOUND RECORDS’ 30th Anniversary show at CABARET VOLTAIRE in Edinburgh, England. Keith, Doug, and Skip are the ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION (called the “world’s best” in 1980, by the New York Times) in 1981), responsible for laying down the beats for many of the Hip-Hop anthems, including: “The Message,” “White Lines,” “That’s the Joint,” “Step Off,” “Scratching,” and “New York, New York.”

Before Tack>>Head, THE ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION (Keith LeBlanc, drums; Doug Wimbish, bass; and Skip McDonald, guitar) were laying the foundation for the phenomenon called Hip-Hop. Before that, they played in WOOD BRASS & STEEL, a Dance/Funk band from Hartford, Connecticut. In 1976, “Funkanova,” a tune written by bassist Doug Wimbish, was a favorite on playlists at New York City clubs, including Studio 54, The Paradise Garage, and The Roxy.

“Funky President”
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January 20, 2009 — Keith LeBlanc recorded Barack Obama’s First Inaugural speech, and used it in his mix of the James Brown cover Tack>>Head was working on at the time. Two hours after Obama finished speaking, Keith sent this first mix of “Funky President” (Ode To Obama), the finished song eventually released in 2011 on the band’s For the Love of Money record.

((( ode to obama )))

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In a Midtown Manhattan rehearsal space in 2009, Tack>>Head played its new song “Funky Obama” for the first time, all together, in the same room, as a band. The rehearsal was for a show they’d play downtown, at the Highline Ballroom. A show to support Bernard’s “New York Time” (single and video), a new song written to celebrate and honor his hometown, Queensbridge, New York City.

“Seek The Truth”
Skip McDonald
“Little Axe”
Hard Grind
2002 — Iin the post-apocalyptic area.
((( guiding durge )))

dave.

Friendly As A Hand Grenade

Linda Zacks, the New York City painter in her Brooklyn Studio (apartment), not long after 9-11. Behind her is her darkly ominous, Twin Tower painting. Painted haphazardly, on two tall, narrow sheets of plywood Linda found on the street near her apartment (studio) Here, Linda’s piece stands as the visual foundation of the video made for Doug Wimbish’s “Danger,” a tune made for the song on Doug’s CinemaSonics album.

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2004 The first song played, after a 14-year hiatus, by a re-united Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section. After “King of The Beat,” often the opening song of Tack>>Head shows back in the day (87-91), Bernard Fowler came out for the rest of that first reunion show at Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar, in Hartford, Connecticut.

2004In a Midtown Manhattan rehearsal space in 2009, Tack>>Head played its new song “Funky Obama” for the first time, all together, in the same room, as a band. The rehearsal was for a show they’d play downtown, at the Highline Ballroom. A show to support Bernard’s “New York Time” (single and video), a new song written to celebrate and honor his hometown, Queensbridge, New York City.

 

1989Friendly as a Hand Grenade
“Break Out The Bubbly” (Bernard brings Rhythm & Blues to Tack>>Head, and makes it clear that the band was Always American.

The Statue of Liberty is the symbol used to illustrate most Tack>>Head album and record covers (top). as a reminder that Tack>>Head, despite all the English influence, has always been an American band. Reinforcing the fact, in 2009 the band covered James Brown’s Funky President, with Keith sampling Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address, as he had Malcolm X speeches in “No Sell Out,” his landmark recording so many credit as the first “sampling” pressed in vinyl.

“Mother Earth”
Keith LeBlanc

The Chess Project
New Moves

2024
((( remixing the blues )))

 

“Rock This House”
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In The Area Of Ohio
2021 
((( blues revival )))

 

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We’re an American Band.

Sweet Water Studio (NYC)
2024 — Still Alive and Well  
Taking time out from all their individual projects (Living Colour, Rolling Stones, The Chess Project), all the members of Tack>>Head, got together again, in London, with their original English mate, Adrian Sherwood. Adrian was throwing a party at The Jazz Cafe in London, what Adrian’s “home” planet to celebrate ON-U SOUND still turning 40 years later.


sweet water

While gathering to play Adrian Sherwood’s ON-U SOUND 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Jazz Cafe in London, Tack>>Head (Bernard, Doug, Skip, and Keith) recorded this  half hour set at the Sweet Water studios in New York City, where they were rehearsing. Also at that time, Keith and Bernard were working on Keith’s New Moves record, the third, and arguably the best of three “Chess Moves” albums of which Keith worked with his longtime friend Marshall Chess, digging through the Chess Records’ legendary Blues archives, and mixing and cutting whatever he wanted, in whatever Dub, Funk, or Electronic style he desired.

 

Recorded at The Town & Country Club

London, England

09/03/89

Enjoy a wild and wonderful Tackhead live show with the dub master supreme Adrian Sherwood at the desk

Guitar – Skip McDonald

Bass – Doug Wimbish

Drums – Keith LeBlanc

Keys + Vox – Bernard Fowler

Mix – Adrian Sherwood

Set List

Rochester

Dangerous Sex

Malcolm X – No Sell Out

Ticking Time Bomb

Crosstown Traffic

Mind At The End Of The Tether

Red Hot Mama

Airborne Ranger

Body To Burn

Love Kills Pain On Contact

The Game

Class Rock

Stormy Weather

King Of The Beat

“Why does it have to be so damn tough?”

Bernard Fowler (Vocals)