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Fats Comet


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Fats Comet was the alter ego of Tackhead. Band members? The usual suspects: Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald, Keith LeBlanc and Adrian Sherwood. To quote Steve Barker’s liner notes for the Tackhead/Fats Comet compilations Power Inc., volumes 1 & 2:

“In short, the masterplan, although never commited to either memory or paper, was for Tackhead to take dub/funk on a journey through leftfield and into the unknown to God knows where, and then for Fats Comet to pilot the mothership smoothly back from this alternative dimension to a safe earthly landing with sounds that you would recognise instantly without ever having heard before.”

Here is Barker’s full text:

Back in a time when hard beats were the corpses of dead poets and the only samples offered out were from the inside of a trevelling salesman’s suitcase, in a time when we looked back at the golden age of dub and a rap was what you got when you were caught, that was the time ten years ago when we thought things had gone as far as it was possible for them to go - then Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc met. Engineered via the good offices of Tom ‘Tommy Boy’ Silverman, who had just put out Keith LeBlanc’s Malcolm X - No Sell Out, Sherwood had arrived in New York to supervise the Double & Steinski remix of Akabu’s Watch Yourself, and On-U Sound unreleased disco dubplate to be revamped urban style for the Tommy Boy offshoot label Body Rock. From the beginning it looked like some form of synergy was definitely on the cards, especially when they both got the same haircut! The circuits were being prepared for maximum overload.

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