Shack 2004-03-26 The Pickett Liverpool UK
03 Mood Of The Morning
05 As Long As I've Got You
06 Meant To Be
07 Streets Of Kenny
08 X Hits The Spot
09 Miles Apart
10 Queen Matilda
12 Black and White
14 Something Like You
15 Lizzy Mallally
16 Cornish Town
17 On The Terrace
19 Your Mind And We Belong Togethe 1
20 Byrds Turn To Stone
22 Hockens Hey
23 Green Velvet Jacket
24 A House Is Not A Motel
25 24 Hours
27 London Town
The Head brothers soon re-emerged as Shack, signing to the Ghetto Recording Company, home of record producer Ian Broudie's solo project, The Lightning Seeds and British soul band Distant Cousins. Shack's first album Zilch was released in 1988, but was neither critically nor commercially successful. The album was later re-released on the Red Flag Recording Company label with three extra tracks in 2007.
The follow-up, Waterpistol, was recorded in 1991 at London's Star Street Studio and Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire. Shortly after the recording of Waterpistolwas complete, the Star Street studio burnt down and most of the tapes were destroyed. The only remaining DAT of the album was in the possession of producer Chris Allison. At the time, Allison was in Los Angeles, and when he returned, it transpired that he had left the copy in his hire car. It was only found weeks later after a frenzied search. However, by this point, Ghetto had folded so the record was without a distributor. Shack split, with Wilkinson joining fellow Liverpudlian John Power (formerly of The La's) to form the successful Britpop band Cast. The Head brothers accompanied Love for a few touring dates in 1992.
Waterpistol was finally released in 1995 on the German independent record label, Marina. NME described Mick Head as "a lost genius and among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation". The album was later re-released with new artwork on the Red Flag Recording Company label in 2007. Michael Head went on to form Michael Head & The Strands with his brother John, which found them further critical acclaim with their record The Magical World of The Strands on its release in 1996.
1998–present: Reformation and new albums
The Head brothers, along with Iain Templeton (who drummed on The Magical World of The Strands) and bassist Ren Parry reformed Shack in 1998, releasingHMS Fable (1999). Parry was replaced by Guy Rigby on bass for ... Here's Tom With the Weather (2003). Wilkinson rejoined in 2005, replacing the departed Rigby.
The band signed to Noel Gallagher's 'Sour Mash' record label. In May 2006 they released the album ...The Corner of Miles and Gil, which is named after two of the Head brothers' heroes, Miles Davis and Gil Evans.
In October 2007 the band released their greatest hits compilation album, Time Machine, including two new tracks. They toured briefly in England in October and November with Martyn Campbell on bass, including a set at the Liverpool Academy on 26 October 2007, which was filmed and recorded for a possible live album and/or DVD.
In February 2008 the band re-formed the Pale Fountains for two critically acclaimed live shows in Liverpool and London. The members of the reformed band being Michael Head, John Head, Martyn Campbell, Andy Diagram, Thomas 'Jock' Whelan & Iain Templeton.
Since 2008 John Head has pursued a solo career playing live shows with his band The Streams. Michael Head has also played a handful of solo shows and as his solo project Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band.
Shack played together again in June 2010 at a charity event in Winsford.