808 State
Old 8th March 2009
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Any love for these guys?
At the time, early 90's, they were using a lot of different synths and machines to most electronic artists. Using different sounds and rhythms too.
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Here's a personal favourite:
YouTube - 808 State - Moses

Love the sequencer sound and drums. Ian McCulloch is a great singer too.

This is their most famous track:
YouTube - 808 State - Pacific State

With Bjork:
YouTube - 808 State - Qmart (audio only)


yea actually pacific state was my favorite from there's...pretty cool tunes
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That Gorgeous record is well done. I didnt appreciate it at the time, but relistening to it years later, really piqued my interest in them.


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It's hard to understand now, but the music they've made in the late 80's compared to the rest of what was going on (back then!) was simply stunning !!!! I wonder will the music ever sound that NEW and FRESH again. Judging by the releases we're surrounded with - don't think so. The sampler revolution era is over. Gone are Bomb The Bass, 808 State, The KLF and many many other house/techno wizards. Oh and there was that kid who did the whole track on Ensoniq SQ-80 synth (with TR-909), Adamski was his name - track was titled the "Killer" (featured Seal on vocals)....
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Yeah, 808 State were definitely......
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NEW and FRESH
I read a few articles on them at the time.
They had a massive collection of gear, well before it was cool, or the done thing.
They weren't into the analogue snobbery either. They used classic gear, but alongside some crappy digital 80's synths and cheap long forgotten drum machines.
The end result was a hybrid.
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The guy I used to buy my analogue synths from used to sell them stuff occasionally.
I think he did some repairs for them too.

Another favourite:
YouTube - 808 State - Plan 9 (ZANG 38)
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Thanks for the video URL!
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Great band, and their tracks still hold up today. Pacific State was my favorite. Cubik was awesome too.

Old 9th March 2009
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Loved Cubik. thumbsup
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I was all about this guy, after they kicked him out they weren't very good.
Check the first LP Newbuild for some proper non-cheesy UK acid house.
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A Guy Called Gerald?

I disagree. I particularly like Ex:El and Gorgeous.
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OK we can agree to differ

Personally I thought he did all their best stuff for them and later stuff was a bit polite.
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I know next to nothing about 808, but I did finally get a CD copy of "Voiceprint / Jon Hassell vs. 808 State."

It's a 5 track single/EP... haven't listened to it yet - one step closer to completing my Hassell collection!

I have everything on this page now: jon hassell | discography 1 | solo works

- plus some of the collabs and ST's - kinda OT, but I had to say...
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808 State are legends ! - XL and others were superb and what an amzing array of Analogue kit thoes guys collected too.

Shame it went a bit pair shaped with 'Gorgeous' - trying a bit too hard to go more harmonic and clever but without enough understanding of chords to pull it off.
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I know next to nothing about 808, but I did finally get a CD copy of "Voiceprint / Jon Hassell vs. 808 State."

It's a 5 track single/EP... haven't listened to it yet - one step closer to completing my Hassell collection!

I have everything on this page now: jon hassell | discography 1 | solo works

- plus some of the collabs and ST's - kinda OT, but I had to say...
+1 off topic but a welcome reference

808 state -- the music seemed so incredibly busy at the time. Good in retrospect though.
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I think they understood chords fine on Gorgeous.

I lost interest in 808 when they seemed to need to conform to the electronica scene around them. After Gorgeous they got more obviously dance oriented and started using more obvious Drum & Bass sounds and rhythms.
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One of my favourite acid tracks:

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Flow Coma and Cubik are my faves. That PPG melody on Cubik is classic. I saw 808 State live with Meat Beat Manifesto and The Supreme Love Gods back in 1993.

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I was a big fan of 808 State, I've got plenty of their vinyls and CD's.

My favorite track would have to be Cubik, it sounded awesome on a big system. Other tracks I loved were an extended version of Cobra Bora on 12" and In Yer Face.

My Brother has a couple of 808 State tracks on 7" in his Jukebox which still get listened to regularly.
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I saw them live supported by Moby.
At the time Moby seemed like a joke by comparison.
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I saw them live supported by Moby.
At the time Moby seemed like a joke by comparison.
You've just reminded me, I saw them live too, they were on with The Shamen who were having success at the time with Progen.
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I seem to recall going to Manchester to watch them make a video in maybe 1990/1
It's all a blur...alas. Wish I could remember some more of those moments.
The UK scene from 88-91 was just amazing and I think Mr Massey was/is a master.
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I saw them live supported by Moby.
At the time Moby seemed like a joke by comparison.

I saw Moby too that year. And it WAS a joke. He just sang into a mic over a DAT, and acted like he was playing a keyboard. During Thousand, he just went to the front of the stage and did the "i'm crucified" pose for the entire track. Moby did some great tracks back then though.
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The UK scene from 88-91 was just amazing and I think Mr Massey was/is a master.
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I saw Moby too that year. And it WAS a joke. He just sang into a mic over a DAT, and acted like he was playing a keyboard. During Thousand, he just went to the front of the stage and did the "i'm crucified" pose for the entire track. Moby did some great tracks back then though.
- never seen Moby or 808 State, but I did used to do a fair amount of work for the Flaming Lips. Moby did at least one show with them in Europe around that time. They described it pretty much as above. Though ironically, they seemed to go on to do a lot of "stage playback" themselves.
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One of my flatmates back at that back in the mid-late 80s was a DJ. He used to play rare grooves (ie basically all sorts of stuff you'd never heard of that sounded a bit like james brown) & then one day he turned up with an 808 state record and a few other tracks and we just listened to them over and over (and over and over). I agree with what another poster said it was just such a huge leap in the music we were all listening to. Then there were the acid house parties... :J
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Then there were the acid house parties... :J
aaaahhhhhhh.... you just brought a tear to my eye.

Those were the days. thumbsup





....and playing Stakker Humanoid at least 8 times a night....
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808 state -- the music seemed so incredibly busy at the time.
I know what you mean. I am listening to Ex:el as I type this and the drum patterns in particular seem way more complicated than they need to be. Getting to Cubik (with its much more minimal percussion) is a rather welcome relief.
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