2 Man Utd fans are in

London. They walk past

a shop and see a sign

Shirts 50p Trousers £1.


One said 'great value!

lets buy some.'


The other one says

'don't let them know

we're Man U fans or

they'll try to rip us off.'


So they hide their



They enter the shop

and ask for 6 shirts

each & 6 pairs of

trousers each.


The assistant asked

"are you Man Utd fans"

to which they replied



He said 'Piss off this is

a launderette.' --------




Bez bumps into Jeremy Clarkson and they start

to chat. Bez says to



"What do you do



He replies, "Top Gear".


Bez says "Fucking

brilliant I'll have two




My doctor told me to

stay away from



So I bought a fifteen

foot straw.





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Fac 51  The Haçienda  (better known simply as Haçienda) was

a nightclub and music venue in Manchester, England. It became

most famous during the "Madchester" years of the late 1980s

and early 1990s; during the 1990s it was labelled the most

famous club in the world by Newsweek magazine. The Haçienda

opened in 1982, and despite considerable and persistent

financial troubles survived until 1997 – during much of this time

the club was mainly supported by record sales from New Order.

The Haçienda is associated with the rise of acid house and rave



The former warehouse occupied by the club was at 11-13,

Whitworth Street West on the south side of the Rochdale


         the frontage was curved and built of red brick. Before it was

turned into a club, the Haçienda was a yacht builder's shop and

warehouse before becoming a  Bollywood cinema  in the 1970s,

showing films to the local Asian community.


Originally conceived by Rob Gretton, it was largely financed by

the record label  Factory Records  and the band New Order

along with label boss Tony Wilson. It was located on the corner

of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street, close to Castlefield,

in the centre of the city. FAC 51 was its official designation in the

Factory catalogue. New Order and Tony Wilson were directors of

the club. Designed by  Ben Kelly , upon recommendation by Factory graphic designer Peter

Saville, upstairs consisted of a stage, dance area, bar, cloakroom, cafeteria area and balcony

with a DJ booth. Downstairs was a cocktail bar called 'The Gay Traitor,' which referred to

Anthony Blunt, a British art historian who spied for the Soviet Union. The two other bars,

'The Kim Philby' and 'Hicks,' were named after Blunt's fellow spies. From 1995 onwards, the

lower cellar areas of the venue were converted to create the 5th Man, a smaller music venue.


“Adidas produced a limited-edition pair of Haçienda trainers, designed by Yohji Yamamoto (Saville has worked with Yohji since the late 1980s, creating his catalogues and advertisements). They retailed for £345 but people queued up from midnight just to be the first through the doors to buy a pair. The shoes disappeared in twenty minutes - all soled out.” 

― Peter HookThe Haçienda:

                                               How Not to Run a Club

The name comes from a slogan of the radical group Situationist International:

                                                                                                                          "The Hacienda Must Be Built", from Formulary for a New Urbanism by  Ivan Chtcheglov .

A hacienda is a large homestead in a ranch or estate usually in places where Colonial Spanish culture has had architectural

influence. Even though the cedilla is not used in Spanish, the spelling " Haçienda " was decided on for the club because the cedilla makes the "çi" resemble "51,"the club's catalogue number.


The Haçienda was opened on the 21st of May 1982, when the comedian  Bernard Manning  remarked to the audience, "I've played some shit-holes during my time, but this is really something." His jokes did not go down well with the crowd and he returned his fee.


A wide portfolio of important 20th century musical acts appeared at the club. One of the earliest was the German EBM band Liaisons Dangereuses, which played there on the 7th of July 1982. The Smiths performed there three times in 1983. It served as a venue for  Madonna  on her first performance in the United Kingdom, on the 27th of January 1984. She was invited to appear as part of a one-off, live television broadcast by Channel 4 music programme The Tube. Madonna performed "Holiday" whilst at The Haçienda and the performance was described by Norman Cook (perhaps better known as Fatboy Slim) as one that "mesmerised the crowd".

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                                                                                                           At one time, the venue also included a hairdressing salon. As                                                                                                                  well as club nights there were regular concerts, including one in                                                                                                              which  Einstürzende Neubauten  drilled into the walls that                                                                                                                        surrounded the stage.


                                                                                                           In 1986, it became one of the first British clubs to start playing

                                                                                                            house music , with DJs Mike Pickering (of Quando Quango and

                                                                                                           M People) and Little Martin (later with Graeme Park) hosting the                                                                                                              visionary "Nude" night on Fridays. This night quickly became                                                                                                                   legendary, and helped to turn around the reputation and fortunes                                                                                                            of the Haçienda, which went from making a consistent loss to                                                                                                                  being full every night of the week by early 1987.


                                                                                                           The growth of the ' Madchester ' scene had little to do with the

                                                                                                           healthy house music scene in Manchester at the time but it was

                                                                                                           boosted by the success of he Haçienda's pioneering Ibiza night,

                                                                                                           "Hot", an acid house night hosted by Pickering and Jon DaSilva

                                                                                                           in July 1988.


However, drug use became a problem. On the 14th of July 1989, the  UK's first ecstasy-related death  occurred at the club:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  16-year-old Clare Leighton collapsed and died after her boyfriend gave her an ecstasy tablet. The police clampdown that followed was opposed by Manchester City Council, which argued that the club contributed to an "active use of the city centre core" in line with the government's policy of regenerating urban areas. The resulting problems caused the club to close for a short period in early 1991, before reopening with increased security later the same year.


Haçienda DJs made regular and guest appearances on radio and TV shows like Granada TV's Juice, Sunset 102 and BBC Radio 1. Between 1994 and 1997  Hacienda FM  was a weekly show on Manchester dance station Kiss 102.


Security was frequently a problem, particularly in the club's latter years. There were several  shootings inside and outside the club , and relations with the police and licensing authorities became troubled. When local magistrates and police visited the club in 1997, they witnessed a near-fatal assault on a man in the streets outside when a 18-year-old was hit over the head from behind with what looked like a metal bar before being pushed into the path of an on-

coming car.

The Haçienda lost its entertainments licence in June 1997. The last night

of the club was the 28th of June 1997, a club night called 'Freak'

featuring  DJs Elliot Eastwick and Dave Haslam  (the final live

performance was by Spiritualized on the 15th of June 1997). The club

remained open for a short period as an art gallery before finally going

bankrupt and closing for good. After the Haçienda officially closed, it was

used as a venue for two free parties organised by the Manchester free

party scene. One of the parties ended in a police siege of the building

while the party continued inside. These parties resulted in considerable

damage and the application of graffiti to the Ben Kelly designed interior.

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Following a number of years standing empty, the Whitworth Street West

site was purchased from the receivers by  Crosby Homes . They chose

to demolish the nightclub, and reuse the site for the construction of

domestic flats.


The iconic name was kept for the new development, with the Haçienda

name licensed from Peter Hook, who owns the name and trademark. The nightclub was demolished in 2002 - Crosby Homes had acquired the property some time before that and, on Saturday the 25th of November 2000, held a charity auction of the various fixtures and fittings from the nightclub. Club goers and enthusiasts from across the country attended to buy memorabilia ranging from  the DJ booth box  and radiators to emergency exit lights. The DJ booth was bought by Bobby Langley, ex Haçienda DJ, and Head of Merchandise for Sony Music London for an undisclosed fee.

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                                                                                                                 Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film  24 Hour Party People 

                                                                                                                 starring Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson, tells the story of the                                                                                                                     Haçienda.

                                                                                                                  The movie  was filmed in 2001, and required reconstructing

                                                                                                                 the Haçienda as a temporary set in a Manchester factory,                                                                                                                        which was then opened to ticket holders for one night, acting                                                                                                                   as a full-scale nightclub (except with free bar) as the film                                                                                                                          shooting took place.


                                                                                                                  The Manchester exhibition centre Urbis  hosted an exhibition                                                                                                                  celebrating the 25th anniversary of the club's opening, which                                                                                                                   ran from mid-July 2007 until mid February 2008. Peter Hook

                                                                                                                 and many other of those originally involved contributed or                                                                                                                        loaned material.


                                                                                                                  The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry  now

                                                                                                                 holds a variety of Haçienda and Factory records artefacts,                                                                                                                       including the main loading bay doors from the club, and a                                                                                                                         wide array of posters, fliers and props. Rob Gretton

                                                                                                                 bequeathed his collection of Haçienda memorabilia to the                                                                                                                         Museum.


                                                                                                                 In October 2009, Peter Hook published his book on his time                                                                                                                    as co-owner of the Haçienda, How Not to Run a Club.



    Joy Division sounded like Manchester:
                                                        cold, sparse and at
    times, bleak. Bernard Sumner


Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from  Salford, Greater Manchester . Formed in 1980, the band's original line

up was Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark "Bez" Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta Satchell joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.


The first official release from Happy Mondays was the " Forty Five E.P. ",

often called the "Delightful E.P." after its first track. It was released on

Factory Records in September 1985.


Manchester music impresario  Tony Wilson  discovered them (then

managed by Phil Saxe) at a battle of the bands contest held at his

Hacienda night club. Their first album, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four

Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), debuted in

1987 and was produced by John Cale.


This was followed by two classic albums; Bummed in 1988, produced

by Martin Hannett, then  Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches  in 1990

produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne which went platinum in

the UK selling more than 350,000 copies. This put the band firmly on

the map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in

the early 1990s.


The album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Singles "Step On" and "Kinky Afro" from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. Yes Please! followed in 1992, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, recorded at

 Eddy Grant's studio in Barbados . By the late 1980s, the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene and personified rave culture. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success as well as massive success in their home country. The line up of the band during this first and most important ten year phase never changed, and the six original members Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Paul Davis, Mark Day and Mark "Bez" Berry remained a tight unit until the first incarnation came to an end in 1994. Earlier that year, the band had appeared on the bill at the 1990 Glastonbury Festival. In late 1990, Paul McCartney stated:

                                            I saw the Happy Mondays on TV, and they reminded me of the Beatles in their 'Strawberry Fields' phase.

         —Paul McCartney, NME, November 1990


Musically, the band fused indie pop guitars with a rhythmic style that owed much to house music, funk and northern soul. Much of their music was remixed by popular DJs, emphasizing the dance influences even further. In terms of style and dress, they crossed

hippy fashion and ideals with 1970s glamour. Sartorially and musically, the band helped to encourage the psychedelic revival associated with acid house. One of their most popular songs was " Lazyitis  (One Armed Boxer)", featuring a surreal duet between Ryder and Karl Denver.


In February 1991, Happy Mondays played at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and famously went to meet  Ronnie Biggs  in with Piers Morgan, who at the time was a writer for The Sun newspaper. The Mondays also influenced many bands around the Northwest and beyond, including the Stone Roses, Oasis and the Charlatans. A multi-city US tour followed with the group returning home early in May 1991. However, by July that year they revealed details of a fourteen track 'official bootleg' live album, Baby Big Head, recorded in Leeds. The official record label release, Live followed later in the year.


Happy Mondays disbanded in 1993, and Shaun Ryder and Bez formed  Black Grape  with ex-Paris Angels guitarist "Wags" (who would later go on to serve in the 1999-2000 reincarnation of the Mondays) and ex-Ruthless Rap Assassins star Kermit.



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                                                                                                                     Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in

                                                                                                                     Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw,

                                                                                                                     the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and                                                                                                                                keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and                                                                                                                             drummer Stephen Morris.


                                                                                                                     Formed by Sumner and Hook right after they attended a

                                                                                                                     Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division transcended their punk roots

                                                                                                                     to develop a sound and style that made them one of the                                                                                                                          pioneers of the  post-punk movement . Their self -

                                                                                                                     release 1978 debut EP, an Ideal for Living, drew the                                                                                                                                 attention of the Manchester television personality Tony                                                                                                                             Wilson.


                                                                                                                     The sleeve's Germanic  imagery drew criticism on their                                                                                                                            politics, not helped by later name changes. Joy Division's                                                                                                                        debut album  Unknown Pleasures  was released in 1979

on Wilson's independent label Factory Records by Martin Hannett's sparse production, it was a critical success with the British

music press. Despite this early acclaim, Curtis suffered from severe depression and personal difficulties, including a broken marriage and epilepsy. In particular he found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he often suffered seizures. In May 1980, on the eve of the band's debut American tour, Curtis, aged 23, committed suicide.


Closer, Joy Division's second and final album was released two months later; the album and preceding single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting release. After Curtis's death, the remaining members continued as  New Order ,

achieving critical and commercial success. Today Joy Division are seen as one of the most influential bands of the late 1970s.

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The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983.

They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that

was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band's most

successful lineup consisted of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire,

bassist Mani, and drummer Reni.


The band released their debut album,  The Stone Roses , in 1989. The

album was a breakthrough success for the band and gained critical acclaim,

with many critics regarding it as one of the greatest British albums ever

recorded. At this time the group decided to capitalise on their success by

signing to a major label. Their current record label, Silvertone, would not let

them out of their contract, which led to a long legal battle that culminated

with the band signing with Geffen Records in 1991. The Stone Roses then

released their second album, Second Coming, which was met with

lacklustre reviews in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several line up

changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first

departing, followed by Squire.


Following much intensified media speculation, The Stone Roses called a press conference on the 18th of October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion tour of the world in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Heaton Park, Manchester. Plans to record a third album in the future were also floated. In June 2012, Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, revealed that the band "have at least three or four new tracks recorded". In June 2013, a documentary about the band's reformation directed by Shane Meadows and titled

 The Stone Roses:

                              Made of Stone was released .


The Stone Roses's influences included Garage Rock, Northern Soul, Punk Rock, and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Johnny Marr, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Sex Pistols and The Clash.


The band were part of the Madchester movement, a style of alternative rock that mixed acid house rhythms with guitar pop sounds.

The band went on to influence other artists, most notably Oasis, of which Noel Gallagher was quoted in an interview saying "when I heard  Sally Cinnamon  for the first time, I knew what my destiny was". Liam Gallagher has also stated that they were the first band that he had seen live, and that seeing them perform influenced him into becoming a musician.


         We're the most important group in the world, because we've got the best songs and we haven't even begun to show our                      potential yet.

                             – Ian Brown - NME - December 1989

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                                                                                 New Order  are an English rock band formed in 1980 and currently consisting of

                                                                                Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom

                                                                                Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards                                                                                    and synthesisers), Peter Hook (bass and vocals) and Morris (drums, electronic                                                                                      drums, keyboards and synthesisers) – the remaining members of Joy Division,                                                                                       following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis – with the addition of Gilbert                                                                                                    (keyboards, synthesisers and guitars).


                                                                                By combining post-punk and electronic dance music, New Order became one of                                                                                    the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. Though the                                                                                            band's early years were shadowed by the legacy and basic sound of Joy Division,

                                                                                their experience of the  early 1980s New York City club scene  increased their                                                                                        knowledge of dance music and helped them incorporate elements of that style

                                                                                into their work.


                                                                                The band's 1983 hit " Blue Monday ", the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is                                                                                   one example of how the band transformed their sound.


                                                                                New Order were the flagship band for Manchester based independent record

label Factory Records. Their minimalist album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks. In 1993, the band worked on their own individual projects and reunited as a band in 1998. In 2001, Cunningham (guitars, keyboards and synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who took a sabbatical from the band because of family commitments. In 2007, Peter Hook left the band. After Hook's departure, Bernard, Phil and Steve worked on Bad Lieutenant and the band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert's return and Chapman replacing Hook on bass. During the band's career and in between lengthy breaks, band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as

 Sumner's Electronic  and Bad Lieutenant; Hook's Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert and Morris' The Other Two. Cunningham was

previously a member of Marion and with Sumner and Chapman was a member of Bad Lieutenant.


Almost all New Order recordings bore the minimalist packaging of  Peter Saville . The group's record sleeves bucked the 1980s trend by rarely showing the band members (the Low-Life album was the exception) or even providing basic information such as the band name or the title of the release. Song names were often hidden within the shrink wrapped package, either on the disc itself (such as the "Blue Monday" single) or on an inconspicuous part of an inner sleeve ("The Perfect Kiss" single), or a cryptic colour code invented by Saville (Power, Corruption & Lies). Saville said his intention was to sell the band as a "mass-produced secret" of sorts, and that the minimalist style was enough to allow fans to identify the band's products without explicit labelling. Saville frequently sent the artwork straight to the printer, unreviewed by either the band or the label.

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 The Charlatans  (known in the United States as The

Charlatans UK) are an English indie rock band. The band's

line-up currently comprises lead vocalist Tim Burgess, guitarist

Mark Collins, bassist Martin Blunt and keyboardist Tony



Former members of the band include vocalist Baz Ketley

(1989); guitarist Jon Day (Jonathan Baker) (1989–1991);

keyboardist Rob Collins (1989 – 1996), who died in a car

accident during recording of their fifth album; and drummer

Jon Brookes (1989-2013), who died after being diagnosed with

a brain tumour in 2010.


In the UK, all of the band's twelve studio albums have charted

in the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart, three of them being

number ones. They have also achieved seventeen Top 30

singles and four Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart. The band were originally formed in the West Midlands by bassist Martin Blunt, who recruited fellow West Midlanders Rob Collins (keyboards), Jon Brookes (drums), Jon Day (Jonathan Baker) (guitar) and singer/guitarist Baz Ketley (who later left the band to be replaced by Tim Burgess). Although the Charlatans would later become popularly associated with the Madchester scene, the band's early demos recorded in 1988 in Birmingham and Dudley already evidenced the sound that the band ultimately became famous for, dominated by Collins' Hammond organ but underpinned by the driving rhythm section of Blunt's powerful running bass and Brookes's drumming. With their sound fusing 1960s soul, R&B and

garage rock – inherited from Blunt's earlier 1982 band Making Time, the band saw themselves firmly in the West Midlands tradition of hard-edged soul and R&B that included Birmingham bands The Spencer Davis Group and early  Dexys Midnight Runners .


Although the name The Charlatans was already being used when the original members of the band were still located in the West Midlands, many sources state that they formed in Northwich, Cheshire. This is because the band relocated to the home town of new

lead singer Tim Burgess (who was born in Salford, but lived in Northwich from an early age) before the 1990 release of The Charlatans' debut single " Indian Rope ", on the band's own Dead Dead Good Records label. Thus based on the definition of hometown used by Guinness World Records the band was formed in Northwich, and consequently Northwich is recorded as their home town in such publications as British Hit Singles & Albums - although the founding members are actually from Walsall.

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                                                                      Inspiral Carpets  are an alternative rock band from Oldham in Greater Manchester,                                                                               England formed by Graham Lambert and Stephen Holt in 1983. Their sound is                                                                                       characterised by psychedelic organs and guitars.

                                                                      Schoolfriends Lambert and Holt  recruited drummer Craig Gill, and formed Inspiral                                                                                Carpets in 1983, originally as a garage punk band, with keyboardist Glenn Chesworth                                                                            and bassist Tony Feeley. In 1987, following the departures of Chesworth and Feeley, the                                                                       line up included first Mark Hughes, then Dave Swifton bass and organist Clint Boon

                                                                     (whose Ashton under Lyne studio the band had been using for rehearsals). The band                                                                            released two albums worth of demos in 1980s, Waiting for Ours and Songs of Shallow                                                                          Intensity, including songs that would later be re-recorded.


                                                                     They came to prominence, alongside bands like The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays,                                                                        in the 'Madchester' scene of the late 1980s. After a flexi-disc featuring Garage Full of                                                                            Flowers given free with Manchester's Debris magazine in 1987, followed the Cow

                                                                     cassette, their first release proper, the 1988 Plane crash EP on the Playtime label                                                                                  received much airplay from Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who asked the band to record a                                                                                session for his show. At the time of their initial success, the band earned some notoriety                                                                        for their squiggly-eyed cow '  Cool as Fuck  ' T-shirts when a student at Oxford                                                                                       Polytechnic was prosecuted on obscenity charges for wearing one. They reworked their                                                                        single "Find Out Why" as the theme tune to the 8:15 from Manchester.


                                                                     As their popularity grew, Playtime's distributor Red Rhino Records went bust, leading

                                                                     the band to form their own label, Cow Records in March 1989, the labels' first release      being the  Trainsurfing EP . But with half of first album Life written, Holt and Swift departed and formed The Rainkings, The Inspirals recruited Too Much Texas singer Tom Hingley and Martin "Bungle" Walsh of The Next Step to replace them. Guitarist Graham Lambert states in an interview on the Cool As box set that the band had tried numerous bass players before settling on Martyn Walsh, who was their thirteenth bass player. After a handful of singles on their own label, the last of which, "Move", came close to

the UK top 40, they signed a deal with Mute Records, and immediately had their first top 40 chart success in the UK with "This Is How It Feels", which is a song about unemployment and touches on themes of domestic violence. The single reached No. 14 in the singles chart, and debut album Life reached No. 2 in the album chart, both in 1990. The following year's The Beast Inside was less well received by critics, but still achieved a top 5 album chart placing. The "Caravan" and "Please be Cruel" singles only reached No. 30 and No. 50 respectively, and an attempt to crack the American market largely failed.

The band did, however, gain a strong following in Portugal, Germany, and Argentina, with the band's 1992 album Revenge of the Goldfish becoming their most successful in those countries. The album peaked at number 17 in the UK, and spawned four UK hit singles. The next album, Devil Hopping (1994) reached number 10 in the album chart, with "Saturn 5" and "I Want You" giving them top 20 hits, from that LP. (The latter's single version featured  Mark E. Smith ). Next single "Uniform" stalled at No. 51 and in 1995, after the release of a Singles collection, the band were dropped by Mute, and split up soon after.

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808 State are an English electronic music group, formed in 1987 in Manchester, taking

their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and their common state of mind.

They were formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson, and they

released their debut album Newbuild in September 1988. The band secured

commercial success in 1989, when their song " Pacific State " was picked up by BBC

Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies.


Martin Price was the owner of a record store, Eastern Bloc, and was also the founder

of the independent record label, Creed. Customers Graham Massey and Gerald

Simpson joined with Price to form a hip-hop group called Hit Squad Manchester. Soon

after, the band shifted to an acid house sound, recording the debut  Newbuild  in 1988,

while using the name 808 State for the first time. Newbuild was released on Price's

own record label. In an interview with Mojo magazine in 2005, Graham Massey

explained that the album was recorded over the course of a winter weekend in January

1988 at Spirit Studios, Manchester. The album was named after a Bolton housing co-operative. The record was re-released in 2005 on Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records. Aphex Twin was a huge fan of the record:

                                                                                                                          "It was the next step after Chicago acid, and as much as I loved that, I could relate much better to 808 State. It seemed colder and more human at the same time."


Around the same time, the band also recorded an acid house version of New Order's "Blue Monday". A favourite at The Haçienda's Hot Night, the recording was believed lost until Autechre's Sean Booth asked Massey to dig through his archive of old material. The record was released in 2004 by  Rephlex Records . “We didn’t put a lot of thought into it but maybe that’s its charm," said Massey at the time. Massey had been a member of the band Aqua in the 1970s, along with the violinist Graham Clark, a former pupil of

Manchester Grammar School.


The band's song "Pacific State" was released as a single, peaking at #10 in the UK Singles Chart. Simpson left the group in 1989 to form his own solo project, A Guy Called Gerald. At this point, the remaining personnel enlisted DJs Andrew Barker and Darren Partington, known as the Spinmasters, and recorded the EP,  Quadrastate  in July 1989. Ninety was released in December 1989.


MC Tunes worked with the band on the 1990 album, The North At Its Heights. The album was a moderate success, reaching #26 in the UK Albums Chart, and also saw a European and Japanese release. It spawned three UK singles, "The Only Rhyme That Bites"

– featuring a sample of "The Big Country" performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic – (UK #10), "Tunes Splits the Atom" (UK #18) and "Primary Rhyming" (UK #67). The first two issues credited MC Tunes versus 808 State, whilst the latter was simply MC Tunes. Tunes later returned in 1996 to work with on a new track, "Pump", taken from 808 State's album Thermo Kings. 808 State's next album was released in 1991,  Ex:el , which featured vocals from Bernard Sumner and Björk. Other hits included "In Yer Face" (UK #9), "Cubik Olympic" (UK #10) and "Lift" (UK #38).

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