Review Revue: Tackhead - Tackhead Tape Time

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Happy New Year, everybody! Sorry today’s Review Revue is going up a little late, but if you’re anything like me, you probably slept in a little later than you might on a normal Thursday.

One of my favorite ways to find LPs to share with you is the time-honored tradition of completely randomly sticking my hand in the stacks and pulling something out. I don’t always -- or even usually -- find anything I’ve ever heard of before, but I always learn something, and I hope you do too.

This week’s example of said learning brings us Tackhead (see also here), or Tackhead Sound System, depending on where you look or whom you ask. This particular album was released in 1987, and the KCMU folks can tell you more about it than I can:

“Tackhead is Doug Wimbish, Keith LeBlank, Skip McDonald, with DJ Gary Clair and producer Adrian Sherwood. The latter is the force behind On-U sound records and also the finest producer in the business. Tackhead is the best dance band in music today, period. Tackhead as half a dozen 12″ singles out in the U.K. Some of those songs we have here on this. They are all drastically remixed for this LP. 2.3 is a new track. In short, THIS SMOKES!!”

“They will tour the U.S. in April. Hopefully a Seattle gig.”

“THAT DRILLING NOISE! Perfect.”

“Who and what is this Tackhead trash?”

“ALIEN ripoff from movie.” [Huh?]

“Listeners say we play this too much. Time to go down.”

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One Comment

  1. Damon Creed
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Still completely rips in 2009! The trio of songs “What’s My Mission Now?”, “Mind at the End of the Tether” and “Hard Left” alone are sufficient to cement Tackhead’s reputation nevermind the rest of this album. Also check out Keith LeBlanc’s album “Major Malfunction.” Although released under LeBlanc’s name it is essentially the debut Tackhead album.

    The “ALIEN ripoff from movie” comment refers to the screenshot from the movie ‘Alien’ that appears on the album cover. The shot comes from near the end of the movie when Ripley is attempting to stop the ship’s auto-destruct sequence.

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