This style continued with "Mind At The End Of Tether" and "What's My Mission Now?", but was dropped for "Sharp As a Needle", originally intended as a Maffia B-side featuring football samples, appearances by Al Jourgensen, and Rollo (Woodentops), and eventually released under the name Barmy Army. Urban legend has it that in 1987 a Bristol scaffolder called Gary Clail made someone a bet that they anyone could have an indie number one if they knew the right people. Introduced to Sherwood through Mark Stewart Clail had his number one with "Hard Left" and the Tackhead Sound System was unleashed, using Tackhead backing tracks over which Clail would rap. After a couple more singles the "Tackhead Tape Time" album was released. Clails other work was released under his own name, and Tackhead were introduced to ex-Peech Boys vocalist Bernard Fowler by Mick Jagger for "Friendly As A Hand Grenade".
With Fowlers vocals the Tackhead sound started to head towards the mainstream. A more industrial edge continued in more releases under the name of Keith Leblanc, as well providing backing for countless other On-U sound acts, notably Mark Stewart, Gary Clail, and Andy Fairley. In 1990 Tackhead released the "Strange Things" album, and were dropped by EMI. The use of the name to promote new material largely dried up. Though Tackhead as a name has slipped out of use, collaboration between various of its former members continues, such as the Strange Parcels ("a Tackhead re-duction"), the Barmy Army and the Skip McDonald-fronted Little Axe. Tackhead's members also played, produced and remixed for a wide range of more mainstream artists: e.g.
James Brown, Africa Bambaataa, George Clinton, Seal, BB King, Robbie Robertson, Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, R.E.M., Tina Turner, Depeche Mode, Bomb The Bass, Robert Palmer, Neneh Cherry, Malcolm McLaren, ABC. In 2007 Echobeach label owner Nicolai Beverungen started the Sharehead project. Fans can buy shares that will make a whole new Tackhead album possible. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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