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About 808 State

One of the most important dance music acts of all time, 808 State played a major role in popularizing acid house at the end of the 1980s, and have remained a primary influence on several generations of techno, IDM, and alternative dance artists. Initially associated with the Madchester scene, they were among the first groups to put a British spin on Detroit techno and Chicago house, producing electronic tracks that were complex and experimental yet melodic and accessible, such as their U.K. Top Ten hit "Pacific," a lush, summery 1989 single that remains one of the most beloved tunes of the rave era. In addition, they've released acclaimed albums like ex:el (1991) and Gorgeous (1993), and collaborated with guest vocalists Björk, Bernard Sumner, Ian McCulloch, and Lou Rhodes.

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