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The Original Color of Sin. 

“Dragon Attack”
Bernard Fowler
The Bura Space & Time Roll On.
((( still rolling )))

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It’s been nearly 40 years since Mick Jagger asked Bernard Fowler to join his band, and Bernard’s been a Rolling Stone ever since.

“My Friend Sin”
Bernard Fowler
The Bura How Far The Stone Has Rolled.
((( devil music )))


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First gig? Bernard laughs, and answers with a smile. “The Golden Terrace Ballroom … 125th Street … I was fourteen years old … did my first gig … got paid five dollars, And you know what I did with it? 
I had bacon and eggs for breakfast.”

BERNARD FOWLER

“What A Wonderful World”
Tack>>Head 
((( 2020 ))) Keith LeBlanc Dub Mix

jean-michel basquiatLittle Annie

Little Annie Bandez (Passing In The Night)
1977 Artist and chanteuse, Annie Bandez was onstage at Max’s Kansas City, and caught the eye of Frank Zappa, who had stopped into the bar after playing a show at the Palladium, earlier that night.

This girl was wearing winter underwear with a black leather coat on top of that, and she had a paper bag with a bottle of vodka in it … She was screaming about Thorazine and being in a mental hospital and it was real!”

FRANK ZAPPA
After seeing Little Annie, onstage, at Max’s Kansas City, the New York City club of choice for much of the city’s art community in the late 1970s: Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Painters, Poets, and artists of all persuasions, including Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

 New Yorkers Little Annie Bandez and Bernard Fowler’s musical paths crossed in London, England in 1989 when both had entered the electronic madness in Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound Records Laboratory.

1979Hip Hop Happens
THE ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION  

Into the Light
“I’m Looking Through You”
Tack>>Head (Music for Paul & Linda McCartney)
((( 2012 )))

VINYL WISDOM
AND TWO LEGENDARY KEITHS
Keith Richards was in the crowd the night Bernard and longtime friend Waddy Wachtel played a show in New York City to celebrate his birthday.
1. “Jumpin Jack Flash” (what we all came for)
2. “I Gotta Go” (Slow Blues for Ronnie Woods)
3. “Lawyers Guns and Money” (One for Warren) Zevon
4. “Heroes” (and another for David) Bowie
5. “She’s So Cold” (upping the temperature)
6. “You Got Me Rockin'” (sliding out) 40MINS
Keith LeBlanc had Bernard sing on his 2024, Chess Records Project, what Keith described “New Moves” as his best work to date. Unfortunately Keith, Hip-Hop’s original drummer, died less than a year after it’s release.

A CONVERSATION w/BERNARD FOWLER
How Far The Stone Has Rolled

The morning after The Rolling Stones had finished a run of three sold-out shows at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts, longtime music writer Rick Moody sat down with Bernard in the lobby of the Four Seasons (Hotel) in Boston. 
Minutes after the interview, Bernard would catch a ride to a nearby executive airport. Waiting, would be one of the Rolling Stones’ fleet of jet airplanes, including two Boeing 767s. Before all that though, a conversation about his history and his just released Inside Out. A record as musical as ever, but vocally, more spoken-word than “singing.” With his Rolling Stones bandmates’  encouragement, Bernard went into the Stones’ archive, and looked for songs with lyrics he felt were still relevant and True Today.

RECORD SHOPPING w/BERNARD FOWLER

 

The Vinyl District @ Som Records (Washington D.C.)

1980PARADISE GARAGE (NYC)
1981 — w/ Material One Down Bill Laswell
1982 — w/ Herbie Hancock  Future Shock
Larry Levan “Don’t Make Me Wait” (NYCiti Peech Boys) w/ The Smurfs Smurf For What It’s Worth
1983 — w/ Grandmixer DST Crazy Cuts, w/ Sinnamon I Need You Now
1984BEAT STREET (MOVIE)
THE ROXY (ROLLER RINK B-BOY CLUB)
CBGB (DOWNTOWN NYC)
Sly & Robbie  Language Barrier

1985Mick Jagger She’s The Boss
Jeff Beck Flash (w/ Doug Wimbish,  Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall, Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice)
1986 — w/ Ryuichi Sakamoto Futurista
w/ Philip Glass Songs from Liquid Days
w/ Public Image, Ltd. Album 
1987 — w/ James Blood Ulmer America – Do You Remember the Love? 
STETSASONIC — A.F.R.I.C.A.
Mick Jagger Primitive Cool 
w/ Jeff Beck, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Simon Phillips, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z (Trust The Universe)

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“Young Americans”
Taking Mick for a Ride.
1988Mick Jagger (The Brothers of Sodom)
w/ Joe Satriani (The Extremist),Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Jimmy Rip, Susie Davis, Tina Turner (TOKYO/ AUSTRALIA). They called it Mick’s “solo” career, but the three years after Keith and Mick announced the end of The Rolling Stones in 1985, represented a short was more a wild ride but we know now, that it was actually just a little longer than usual argument between Mick and Keith. At the time, the Rolling Stones were preparing for their Steel Wheels (reunion) Tour, and most media was saying Mick’s “solo” career had been unsuccessful, and that was made the reunion possible. Of course they weren’t listening. For those who were looking, they saw Mick pushed back in his seat, as a group of Young Americans took him on the most Wild, E-Ticket Rides.
w/ Bootsy Collins What’s Bootsy Doin’?
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.

“Exodous”
Bernard Fowler Tack>>Head

The Black Album


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(left-right) Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald, Bernard Fowler, Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish. Tack>>Head, at a studio on a farm just outside of Chicago, taking a break in the middle of the 2004 reunion tour.

Most Tack>>Head album and record covers feature an image of  The Statue of Liberty , reminding us that despite all the English influence, Tack>>Head, despite all the English influence, Tack>>Head is, and always has been an American band. Reinforcing the fact, in 2009 the band covered James Brown’s “Funky President,” including Keith sampling Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address. Twenty years earlier, in a similar way, Keith used Malcolm X speeches in making “No Sell Out,” Keith’s landmark, post-Sugar Hill recording, many call the first “sampling” pressed in vinyl.

“East River” (NYC)
Brecker Brothers
Heavy Metal Bebop
1978A Collision In Space & Time
((( the”f”word )))

Charles Hoff (New York Daily News)

Growing Up in New York City’s Queensbridge Projects and stepping out from the shadow under the Queensboro Bridge, Bernard crossed the East River, and slipped into the darkness of Lower Manhattan.

We’re Playing Basketball
Kurtis Blow
1984 Beat Street
((( neighborhood game )))

Anthony Geathers (NYT)

If there’s one thing that signifies summer in New York City, it’s streetball. Known for its high energy and aggressive style, streetball is defined by the Oxford dictionary as an “informal type of basketball played especially in urban areas such as parking lots, playgrounds, parks, etc.” Some of New York City’s legendary courts, including Rucker Park and the West Fourth Street Courts, also known as “The Cage,” have been a training ground for a number of NBA stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kyrie Irving. (NAZ)

starting to roll …
((( Open Letter to NYC )))

Beastie Boys
To the 5 Boroughs (2004)

As a young boy, Bernard Fowler would follow his mother around the apartment, listening to MAHALIA JACKSON, JACKIE WILSON, and any and all things MOWTOWN. “Sweet Caroline” and all that pop On the radio, basketball In the street, trombone IN THE MARCHING BAND. Crossing Into Manhattan, between 59th and 60th Streets. (EAST RIVER CROSSING) 

NAS (Nas’ father Olu Dara) JAZZIZ

Live @ The Paradise Garage
Larry Levan

1979 — A COLLISION OF PUNK, FUNK, AND JAZZ.
((( hip-hop & dance )))

Paradise Garage ?

1979 Hip Hop Happens
1980 — DOWNTOWN AT THE PARADISE GARAGE 

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Larry Levan
Opportunities were eclectic and many for a talented young musician, coming of age at the turn of the 1980s. In the beginning, Bernard was interested in exploring it all, to discover which road would take him on the wildest ride.

 ((( mixup in clubland )))

“Dangerous Sex”
Tack>>Head
Bernard Fowler (vocal)
1990Strange Things

((( street talkin’ man? )))

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Working Girl?

On the sidewalk outside The Roxy, a downtown NYC institution (roller rink by day, B-Boy dance club by night), and where the climactic scene of the big-budget, Hollywood movie, Beat Street, was filmed. The finale featured Bernard, as the Original B-Boy Preacher, leading a raucous congregation in what seemed like a sort of Hip-Hop religious service.

“Summer In The City”
Ray Gomez
Volume
1980
((( fusion is what? )))

Ray Gomez

At the same time Hip-Hop was showing itself, the infusion of electric guitar into jazz continued. Many believe the “Fusion” movement started when Miles Davis had John McLaughlin play guitar on Bitches Brew. At the time (1980), Ray Gomez was among a number of guitarists who were stretching the boundaries of what was considered jazz. Swing, B-Bop, and the traditional was giving way to what was being called “Fusion.” Not Fusion Jazz, as Lenny White is quick to say. It is A Fusion of Rock and Jazz. Or Electric Jazz. Lenny also says “If it hadn’t been for the electric guitar, there would be no music called “FUSION.”

VERNON REID (GUITAR: INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE)
Yellowjackets w/ Robben Ford/ Jimmy Haslip 

Bernard Enters The Game
1981 — BILL LASWELL 
1982 — HERBIE HANCOCK Future Shock  
1983 — Sinnamon I Need You Now
1984 — BEAT STREET
HERBIE HANCOCK Sound-System 
1985 — MICK JAGGER She’s the Boss. Produced by Nile Rodgers and Bill Laswell, w/ Herbie HancockJeff Beck, and Jan Hammer.)

“Island Time”
Sly & Robbie
1985 Language Barrier
((( jamaica )))

Rhythm Killers (1987)
Yoko Ono
1986 — Ryuichi Sakamoto,  Philip GlassPublic Image, Ltd.  
1987 — JAMES “BLOOD” ULMER
MICK JAGGER Primitive Cool
w/Jeff Beck, Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Vernon Reid
Brothers of Sodom
Mick Jagger (Lead Vocals)
Joe Satriani (Lead Guitar) 
Doug Wimbish (Electric Bass Guitar)  
Simon Philips (Drums)
Phil AshleySusie Davis (Keyboards)
Jimmy Rip (Guitar)
Bernard FowlerCarol KenyonJenny DouglasLinda MoranValerie Scott (Backing Vocals)

1988 Mick Jagger (Japan/Australia Tours) w/Joe Satriani, Doug Wimbish
Bootsy Collins What’s Bootsy Doin’?
Rolling Stones
1989 STEEL WHEELS TOUR (ALBUM)
w/ Living Colour, Guns N Roses 
1990 Living Colour Time’s Up
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LIVING COLOUR (VIVID)

1970s — 

1977At the time Annie called herself Annie Anxiety was recording with Crass, and was a familiar character in the legendary NYC bar, home to the day’s most popular musicians, poets, and artists of all kinds. In New York, Annie recorded with Crass as Annie Anxiety, and went on to work with Coil, Current 93, Swans, Baby Dee, and many others, including, of course, her much-loved collaborations with English dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Annie once in fact lived in a shed at the bottom of Adrian’s garden!

1979 — Hip Hop Happens 
Iranian Hostages 11/4/79
Jimmy Carter

1980s  — Just Say No
1980 — Ronald Reagan
1981Shuttle
1982No Nukes
NYC Central Park June 12, 1982

1983 —  “No Sell Out”
Keith LeBlanc
Malcolm X 12″
1984 — Keith LeBlanc 

w/ Betty Shabazz vs. Sugar Hill Records
((( the original hip-hop beat )))

1984BEAT STREET, Herbie Hancock Sound-System Keith LeBlanc (“King Of The Beat”) “NO SELL OUT” (Malcolm X) vs. Sugar Hill Records (Joe and Sylvia Robinson) w/Betty Shabazz.
1985Live Aid
Mick Jagger & Tina Turner
Farm Aid
We Are The World
Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones
Artists United Against Apartheid
Miami Vice
Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound
Fat’s Comet,
Gary Clail
Mark Stewart
Bernard Meets Mick Jagger
She’s The Boss.
Jeff Beck Flash
w/ Jimmy Hall, Rod Stewart, Nile Rodgers and Arthur Baker (Production) Carmine Appice
1986Jeff Beck Flash Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Doug Wimbish, Steve Lukather, (TOKYO)
1987 — Living Colour Vivid, Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction, Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien
1988The Young Americans 
The Second Coming of Mick Primitive Cool The Brothers of Sodom

1989Bill Hicks
Viciously Honest (“Patriot”/”American Scream”) “The Gospel According To Bill Hicks” (GQ)

“The Story Of Willie”
King Missile (downtown nyc)
((( apocalyptic opinion )))

 

1990 — Duran Duran
1991 — Johnnie Johnson
Bill Hicks (Truth Always Mattered)
1992 — Yoko Ono Obnox
1993 — Living Colour Stain
1994 — Little Axe, Roy Nathanson’s Jazz Passengers
1995 — Nicklebag Mas Feedback

STEVIE SALAS (WHY SILVER?)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Link Ray
Rod Stewart (Out of Order Tour)
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
The Living Earth Festival.
Koshi Inaba Chubby Groove (2017)

1996 — Nicklebag 12 Hits and a Bump
Stevie Salas explained why he and Bernard painted their faces silver for the Nicklebag album cover. “Our idea was, in recognition of the obvious racism in the music business, we wanted to present ourselves in the most racially neutral way.
1997 — Bridges of Babylon RS
1998 — No Security RS
1999 — Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence
Herb Alpert Colors
2000 — Ronnie Wood Live and Eclectic
2001 The Day The Earth Stood Still
2002 — Forty Licks RS
2003Living Colour CollideOscope 
2004 Tack>>Head (Asylum Street Re-hearsals)
Tack>>Head Family Reunion @ Sully’s (Hartford)
Little Axe Champagne & Grits
2005 — A Bigger Bang RS
2006 Friends With Privileges
Real World Sessions w/LITTLE AXE
2007 — Bad Dog Live In Vienna
2008 — Shine A Light RS
2009 — New York Time
((( “danger” )))
Doug Wimbish f/Bernard Fowler (vocal)
CinemaSonics

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“Dangerous” / “All Mixed Up” b/ Linda Zachs

“Stealing”
In the Name of The Lord
Bernard Fowler

Tack>>Head at the Highline Ballroom (NYC).

2009 Bernard put the band together, calling them Bad Dog, and played shows in Austria and Germany in the Fall and Winter of 2008. The next year Bernard released “New York Time” (song/video), and did a one off show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, Bernard’s hometown.

2010 A Bass Odyssey
Doug Wimbish CinemaSonics
2010 
Little Axe Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime
2011 Tack>>Head The Black Album

“Take A Walk On The Wild Side”  
Bernard Fowler
Little Axe
For The Love Of Money

2014
((( times square patriots )))

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Painted Patriot

On the sidewalk in Times Square, a body-painted, “American” model counts the money she earned standing in the thick of the Square, paid to stand for her picture to be taken with, by, and for any willing tourist passing by.

2012 
2013Little Axe Stone Cold Ohio
2014 Tack>>Head For The Love of Money
2015 — The Bura, (Havana, Cuba) w/The Rolling Stones
2016 — Havana Moon RS
2017Little Axe London Blues
2018 — voodoo lounge RS
2019 — Inside Out
2020 On-U Sound (40th) Anniversary
2021 A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach RS
2022 — Steel Wheels Live RS
2023 — George Lynch and Jeff Pilson Heavy Hitters II, And
All the While, a Rolling Stone.
w/Karl Denson (Tiny Universe) Music of David Bowie
2024  “Storm Is Rising”

— Skip Little Axe McDonald

2001An Apocalyptic Day In The Life.

“Mother Earth”
The Chess Project (Keith LeBlanc)
New Moves

2024
((( remixing the blues )))

 Still Alive And Well (Ailing?)

Chess Records revived … an album of classics reinterpreted by a supergroup.”

The New Yorker

FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION (Best Contemporary Blues Album) Marshall Chess and Jamar Chess team with producer Keith LeBlanc to reimagine their family’s hallowed Chess Records vault — including favorites by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and more … (CHESS RECORDS)

2024 — For Adrian Sherwood’s party at The Jazz Cafe, celebrating ON-U SOUND’S 40TH YEAR, all the original Tack>>Head bandmembers took time away from their individual projects (Living Colour, Rolling Stones, Chess Records) to play their English mate’s show.

 

“I’m Comin’ On Back To You”
Jackie Wilson
By Special Request

1961When asked of his earliest musical memories, Bernard, after 35 years traveling the entire world, remembers most fondly of listening with his mom, to her favorites, Mahalia Jackson and Jackie Wilson.
 ((( home again )))

((( video )))

“New York Time”
Bernard Fowler  (INTERVIEW)
2009 — NYC HOMECOMING.

Rock N Role Reversal 
1990 — After the Steel Wheels tour and being asked to join the Rolling Stones as a permanent member, Bernard was back with his Tack>>Head mates to record Strange Things, the band’s second album with Bernard out front as lead singer. Strange Things is the record on which Mick Jagger asked to (and does) sing backup on “Take A Stroll.”

“Sympathy For The Devil” 
Bernard Fowler
Inside Out

2021 Bernard, with his Rolling Stone bandmates’ blessing, Bernard went into the band’s immense archive, looking for songs that were lyrically substantive, and whose words are still relevant and true.
((the “f” word )))

dave.

Sold Your Soul For “Fame”
2017 — Celebrating David Bowie @ Ponte Vedra, Florida
Bernard Fowler (vocals)

Mike Garson (piano / musical director)
Earl Slick (guitar)

Bernard Fowler (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Living Colour (discography)
Little Axe (discography)

Taking Mick Jagger for a Ride

Tokyo w/ Doug Wimbish, Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Carlos Santana
1987 Mick Jagger Primitive Cool (Columbia)
w/ Jeff Beck, Simon Phillips

The Brothers of Sodom (w/Joe Satriani, Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Jimmy Rip, Erotic Keys…

POST-COVID RESURRECTION (2020)