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Altern 8

Altern-8 was a verging-on-the-cartoonish rave outfit that pushed their singles into the British charts with promotional theatrics borrowed from the KLF and attention-getting surgical masks and chemical-warfare uniforms from head to toe. Their catchy, energetic dance tunes combined breakbeats and heavy electronic basslines with familiar samples ranging from disco diva vocals to Detroit techno anthems like Rhythim Is Rhythim's "Strings of Life."

Originally formed by Mark Archer and Chris Peat as a side-gig from their Nexus 21 project, Altern-8 debuted with two EPs, 1990's Overload and the following year's Evapor 8. The singles "Activ 8 (Come with Me)" and "Evapor 8" both nicked the rave-hungry Top Ten during late 1991 and early 1992, thanks in part to a variety of group-sponsored, press-publicized half-truths -- the duo's reliance on drug-enhancing chemicals like Vicks Vapo-Rub, their nasty habit of spiking audience-distributed pastries with Ecstasy, even their candidacy in the General Elections. The LP Full On - Mask Hysteria followed later in 1992, and Altern-8 even managed a brief American contract (two EPs on Capitol, Infiltr-8 America and Brutal-8-E) before breaking up in 1993. Archer later produced as Slo-Moshun with Danny Taurus.

In 2001, Archer (billed as Altern-8) mixed a double CD of rave classics titled Old Skool Euphoria. Later in the decade, the duo reunited and made several appearances at dance music festivals across the U.K., introducing their sound (and masks) to the newer generations of ravers. In 2013, "Activ 8 (Come with Me)" was reissued with several new remixes in an attempt to get the song to number one at Christmas (it only made it to number 33). Full On - Mask Hysteria was given a deluxe vinyl reissue in 2016, including new mixes and songs that weren't on the original release. ~ John Bush & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Anthems Of Old Skool

Disc 1

2. Killer

4. Move Any Mountain

5. Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)

6. Anthem

7. Show Me Love

8. The Key, The Secret

10. Ride On Time

11. Plastic Dreams

12. Rhythm Is A Dancer

13. Move Your Body

14. Out Of My Head

15. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

20. Break Of Dawn

Disc 2

2. Playing With Knives

3. On A Ragga Tip

4. Set You Free

5. Go

6. Sweet Harmony

9. Injected With A Poison

12. Papua New Guinea

13. Far Out

14. Pacific State

18. Dance With Me (I'm Your Ecstasy)

20. 2 Bad Mice

Disc 3

1. Trip To Trumpton

2. Sesame's Treet

3. Feel Real Good

4. Evapor 8

6. Bombscare

7. We Are I.E.

9. Vamp

10. Testone

11. Dextrous

12. Stakker Humanoid

15. 2/231

17. Rush In The House

19. Mr Kirk's Nightmare

20. Dominator

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Track List: Essential Hardcore

1. So Real (Massive Mix)

2. Faith (In The Power Of Love)

4. Dj's Take Control

6. Something Got Me Started

7. Friendship

9. Let The Bass Kick

10. Playing With Knives

13. Extacy

18. James Brown Is Dead

20. Possible Worlds

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Track List: Hard Fax

Disc 1

1. Please Don't Go

2. It's My Pleasure

3. Passion

5. Love Breakdown

7. I Believe In Miracles

12. Temple Of Dreams

18. Stella

Disc 2

1. Hypnotic St-8

2. Workaholic

4. Mig 33

7. Dreams Of Santa Anna

9. Fear Of The Future

15. Papua New Guinea

17. Take It

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Track List: Hard Fax 2

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Track List: Original Old Skool Selection

Disc 1

1. Your Love

2. Promised Land

3. Let The Music Use You

4. Love Can't Turn Around

6. Voodoo Ray

7. Break Of Dawn

8. Papua New Guinea

12. On A Mission

Disc 2

1. No Limit

2. Everybody's Free

4. The Key, The Secret

5. Evapor 8

7. Trip To Trumpton

8. Injected With A Poison

10. Say Party

11. Stand Up

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Track List: Rave Anthems

Disc 1

2. Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)

3. Set You Free

4. Break Of Dawn

5. Don't Go

9. Dance With Me (I'm Your Ecstasy)

Disc 2

2. Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)

4. On A Ragga Tip

6. Cubik

7. Infiltrate 202

8. Playing With Knives

Disc 3

2. Injected With A Poison

3. Searchin' For My Rizla

5. Bombscare

6. Quadrophonia

8. Trip To Trumpton

9. Mr Kirk's Nightmare

10. Stand Up

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Track List: This Is... Rave Anthems

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This track takes me back to raving in the early 90's. fantastic shows with fantastic music. A simpler time when it was just about the crowd, the music, and the energy. Pure chemicals ruching through our blood streams and every one was dancing.

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