808 State are a British electronic music outfit, 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 Newbuild in September 1988. During the making of the second album ‘Quadrastate’, Gerald Simpson departed to continue with his solo project ‘A Guy Called Gerald’. DJ’s Andrew Barker and Darren Partington, a.k.a. the Spinmasters, got recruited on a permanent basis to fill up the gap left by Gerald.
The 1992 album Gorgeous included a remake of the UB 40 classic "One In Ten". After extensive touring, 808 State took a break and it wasn’t until 1994 that the single "Bombadin" was released. During that year a fanclub-only CD entitled State to State was pressed containing unreleased material. It took two years to finish the 1996 album called Don Solaris. To celebrate ten years of 808 State, 1998 saw the release of a Best Of 808 State album, entitled 808:88:98.