808 State are an English electronic music outfit formed in 1988 in Manchester, taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drummachine and the "state
of mind" shared by the members. They were formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price and GeraldSimpson, and they released their debut Newbuild in
1988. The band really hit the big time during the "second summer of love" in1989 when their song "Pacific State" was picked up by Radio 1 DJ Gary
Davies. Davies played the record every day for 3 monthson his national primetime lunchtime show until it was released as a single. His promotion
singlehandedly helped propel the acidhouse group to the top of the UK charts and into the public conciousness.