Gary Clail

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Gary Clail is an English singer and record producer and is the founder of the Gary Clail Sound System.[1] He was part of On-U Sound Records (and also the On-U Sound System) and led Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System.


Clail worked originally as a roofer,[2] but during the mid to late 1980s based in Bristol, he became a warm up act for On-U gigs.[3] Clail first released a record in 1985.[2] Several 12" singles were issued between 1985 and 1987, before Clail's first LP for Nettwerk, Tackhead Tape Time, a split effort between Clail and Tackhead.[3] "Television: The Drug of the Nation" by The Beatnigs was remixed by Clail, Adrian Sherwood and Mark Stewart, on the Alternative Tentacles record label in 1988.[4]

In 1989, Clail issued his own album, billed as Gary Clail & On-U Sound System, on On-U Sound, which marked Clail's entrance to the electronic underground scene in Bristol, eventually leading him to work with RCA a couple of years later. This output incorporated several singles and EPs, as well as The Emotional Hooligan album (1991).[3]

Clail released a further album on Yelen Records, entitled Keep the Faith (1996).[3]

In 2013 Clail formed the Gary Clail Sound System and began work on the album 'Nail It To The Mast'.[1] It was release on 15 December 2014.[5]



  • Gary Clail and the Occult Technology of Power - "Half Cut for Confidence"
  • Gary Clail (and Tackhead) - "Hard Left"
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System featuring Bim Sherman - "Beef" (1990) - UK #64
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "Human Nature" (1991) - UK #10
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "Escape" (1991) - UK #44
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "The Emotional Hooligan"
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "Who Pays The Piper?" (1992) - UK #31
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "These Things Are Worth Fighting For" (1993) - UK #45
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - "Speak No Evil"
  • Gary Clail - "Another Hard Man"
  • Gary Clail - "Promotional Sampler"
  • Gary Clail - "Gary Clail"[6]


  • Gary Clail Sound System - Nail It To The Mast (2014) [1])
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - End Of The Century Party (1989)
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - Emotional Hooligan (1991) - UK #35
  • Gary Clail On-U Sound System - Dreamstealers (1993)
  • Gary Clail - Keep The Faith (1996)
  • Gary Clail - Human Nature: The Very Best Of Gary Clail - compilation[6]
  • Gary Clail Soundsystem - Nail it the Mast (2014). Label: Captain Swing – CATSWIG CD1


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ a b Gary Clail Biography
  3. ^ a b c d Proefrock, Stacia. Biography of Gary Clail at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  4. ^ Robbins, IA (1991) The Trouser Press Record Guide, 4th ed. Maxwell Macmillan International, ISBN 0-02-036361-3
  5. ^ "Gary Clail Soundsystem* - Nail It To The Mast". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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