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808 State

A pioneer of the acid house sound, 808 State formed in Manchester, England in 1988 when Martin Price, the owner of the city's legendary record store Eastern Bloc and the founder of the independent label Creed, first joined forces with local musician and producer Graham Massey. After teaming with collaborator Gerald Simpson, 808 State recorded its debut EP Newbuild in 1988, and also began remixing tracks for groups like the Inspiral Carpets. After Simpson exited to form his solo project A Guy Called Gerald, Price and Massey enlisted DJs Andrew Barker and Darren Partington (known together as the Spinmasters) for the recording of 1989's Quadrastate EP, which earned the group a huge club hit with the track "Pacific." After signing with ZTT, they released the album 808:90, which was embraced by the burgeoning rave culture. 808 State's next single, "The Only Rhyme That Bites," recorded with hip-hopper MC Tunes, marked a dramatic shift into hardcore rap, but was another huge hit. A series of diverse singles followed, culminating in the 1991 album Ex: El, which featured guest vocals from New Order's Bernard Sumner and Bjork; the same year, 808 State also wrote, produced and performed the music for the MC Tunes LP The North at Its Heights. In 1992, Price left to work as a solo producer, later forming his own label, Sun Text. The remaining trio continued on in 1993 with Gorgeous, and handled remix work for the likes of David Bowie, Soundgarden, and Bomb the Bass before returning with the experimental Don Solaris in 1996. The 808:88-98 compilation followed two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Outpost Transmission

1. 606

2. Chopsumwong

3. Wheatstraw

4. Lemonsoul

5. Suntower

6. Bent

7. Souflex

8. Crossword

9. Lungfoo

10. Qunicy's Lunch

11. Dissadis

12. Doctors & Nurses

13. Brown Sauce

14. Long Orange (Testa)

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Track List: 808:88:98: 10 Years Of 808State

1. Pacific 707

2. Cubik

3. In Yer Face

4. The Only Rhyme That Bites (Extended Mix)

5. Olympic (Flutey Mix)

6. Ooops

7. Lift (EX:EL Mix)

9. Plan 9 (LP Mix.)

10. Bombadin (Quica Mix.)

11. Bond

12. Azura

13. Lopez

14. Crash

15. Pacific 808:98

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Track List: Forecast

1. Plan 9 (Choki Galaxy Mix)

2. One In Ten (808 Soriginal Mix)

3. Reaper Repo (12" Mix)

4. Plan 9 (Guitars On Fire Mix)

5. One In Ten (UB40 Full Instrumental)

6. One In Ten (UB40 Vocal)

7. Nbambi (The April Showers Mix)

8. Femme Deluxe

9. Lemon

10. Purple Dust

11. Olympic '93 (The Word Mix)

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Track List: Ooops

1. Ooops

3. Ooops (Mellow Birds Mix)

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Track List: Utd. State 90

1. Pacific 202

2. Boneyween

3. Ancodia (Utd. State 90 Variant)

4. Kinky National

5. Cobra Bora (Utd. State 90 Variant)

6. Cubik

7. Magical Dream

8. 80808080808

9. Revenge Of The Girlie Men

10. Donkey Doctor

11. Sunrise

12. State To State (Utd. State 90 Variant)

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Track List: Bombadin

1. Bombadin (Barta Edit)

2. Bombadin (Original Quica)

3. Marathon (Club 12")

4. Marathon (Original 2/4 Pub Mix)

5. Marathon (Drumapella)

6. Bombadin (Barta Mix)

7. Bombadin (Bombapella)

8. La Luz (Chunky Funky Mix)

9. La Luz (Acid Mix)

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Track List: Ex:El

1. San Francisco

2. Spanish Heart

3. Leo Leo

4. Qmart

5. Nephatiti

6. Lift

7. Ooops

8. Empire

9. In Yer Face

10. Cübik

11. Lambrusco Cowboy

12. Techno Bell

13. Olympic

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808
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1 go on ur phone
2 go to where u can change ur password
3 say ur crushes' name 10 times
4 close ur eyes
5 now put random password without knowing what it is.
6 close ur phone.
7 now try to remember what password u randomly chose.
8 realize uve been trolled and try to jailbreak ur phone
9 realize u can't, and become depressed and never do these stupid challenges!

LOLOLOLOLOL!
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From 1992-2001 my license plate in CA was 808STAT
Love them always
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This takes me back to before Prozac and s**tty times.
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rubenar21
chicago, 1992 wow the scene back then when vinyl 45s 12 ruled.
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brey128
808 Where it all began!
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Love the 808 they rule
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THIS SURE TO BE AT THE TOP OF THE HIT PARADE !
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hatemailfrom j e s u s
is this the singer from Lamb? it sounds just like her...
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Actually, 808 State is a reference to the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer (drum machine). Don't think the chaps were thinking about Hawaii back in '88.
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Here is something different, I like Aphex Twin and this one is great too! I can't get enough of the drums and beats!
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808 STATE = HAWAII!

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