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Keith LeBlanc
Keith LeBlanc

A brief biography of the drummer responsible for Fats Comet's Tackhead beat:

Keith LeBlanc started out as a session drummer with Sugarhill Records, early 1980’s. He formed the Sugarhill House Band with fellow Americans Doug Wimbish (bass) and Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald (guitar), working with leading rap artists as the Sugarhill Gang ("Rapper’s Delight") and Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel on "The Message" and "Freedom".

From his own "No Sell Out", the first ever sampling record, on Tommy Boy Records (1983) to his involvement in creating the sound of funk noise giants Tackhead with Wimbish, McDonald and British dub producer Adrian Sherwood, he has gained recognition as one of the top and most innovative drummers/programmers around.

The influential 'Major Malfunction' album
The influential "Major Malfunction" album

His landmark album "Major Malfunction" (WR005) (considered to be the first Tackhead recording, although credited to LeBlanc solo) was of great influence to a whole generation of musicians. The album, a reaction to the 1986 disaster with space shuttle Challenger, started off a whole new genre of industrial music.

Apart from his work as member of the legendary On-U Sound posse, Keith LeBlanc has continued to experiment with new sounds using his own Blanc Records as a base from which to release pioneering albums and push musical boundaries even further. Apart from that he made a series of sampling CDs for the Advanced Media Group with loads of drum samples and sound effects, free for anyone to use.

His writing and production skills have attracted the likes of Living Colour, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails. As a drummer/programmer he has worked with everyone from James Brown to Trevor Horn, Seal to R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Jalal (Last Poets), The Stone Roses, Robert Palmer and Bomb The Bass. He also produced Charles & Eddie’s hit record "Would I Lie To You", along with Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass.

More recent work includes sessions for Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Brian Ferry, Sunscreem, Babylon Zoo, Sussan Deyhim, Depeche Mode, Sinéad O’Connor and of course Adrian Sherwood's solo project "Never Trust A Hippy?". 'KLB' is currently exploring the boundaries of jazz (an early love) with Manu Ventura's band Noah Ground.

(Taken from the official biography appearing on

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