808 State

Genres: Dance
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Manchester, England’s finest acid music combo of the early 90s was founded by Martin Price (26 March 1955, England), owner of the city’s influential Eastern Bloc record shop, and Graham Massey (b. 4 August 1960, Manchester, Lancashire, England; ex-Biting Tongues), who had previously worked in a café opposite the shop. Together with Gerald Simpson, they began recording together as a loose electro / house collective, releasing Newbuild in 1988. Simpson subsequently left to form his own A Guy Called Gerald vehicle, and was replaced by Darren Partington (b. 1 November 1969, Manchester, Lancashire, England) and Andrew Barker (b. 2 November 1969, Manchester, Lancashire, England). These two young DJs were working together as the Spin Masters and were regular visitors to Eastern Bloc, proffering a variety of tapes in the hope of securing a contract with Price’s Creed label. Quadrastate, which included some input from Simpson, helped to establish the...

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