Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Manchester's alright if you like saxophones

808 State - Pacific 707
(From Pacific single; 1989)



808 State don't like it when you say that Pacific is A Guy Called Gerald's song which Graham Massey played saxophone on.

A Guy Called Gerald doesn't like it when you say that Pacific is better than Voodoo Ray.

Mancunians don't like it when you say that Pacific almost single-handedly redeemed the Madchester era.

Londoners don't like it when you say that Pacific bodies any dance music from down south.

Americans don't like it when you say that Pacific bettered Chicago at its own game by truly putting the Acid into Acid House.

There were at least 5 different mixes of Pacific in 1989 alone starting with Pacific State from the Quadrastate EP, but the Pacific 707 single mix up top is the definitive one. You've gotta be a right dry-eared rando if you consider Pacific anything other than the G.O.A.T British song of the last 30 years. If a case could be made that Hip Hop kulcha's introduction to the U.K has been as inadvertently devastating as the introduction of grey squirrels to these shores, the exact opposite is true of House music - Chicago stays creating it, the U.K stays taking it and making it even better.

14 comments:

step one said...

got mixed feelings about this.
Not sure they're really comparable - Pacific is very balearic-y loved up sunrise business, Voodoo more of a sleazy half empty warehouse party at 5am vibe. Bit like comparing TROY to Come Clean or something.
Loved Pacific at the time but would prob go for Voodoo Ray now. Used to play the shit out of that when I was DJing (admittedly that might be because its a helluva lot easier to mix than Pacific)

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Don't get it twisted, I love Voodoo Ray.

But Pacific is on a whole 'nother level.

Dank said...

Iconic song.

Loool @ the grey squirel comparison

THE GUY said...

BIG TIME, BUDDDY

GERRY RAFFERTY AIN'T SHIT

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Tootin' tropical.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

1:32 to 1:40 in the video is an incredible combination of image and sound.

GGGGG said...

Amazing song.

But my only reference point for this is GTA San Andreas lol.

Anonymous said...

Nawww don’t diss the GOAT Larry Heard like that

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Not a dis.

I love Larry but even he's never made a song as good as Pacific.

Anonymous said...

Other than “Missing You”, what are your fav Larry Heard tracks?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Mr. Fingers - Mystery Of Love (dub mix)
Mr. Fingers - Washing Machine
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It
Mr. Fingers - Beyond The Clouds
Mr. Fingers - Bye Bye (Amnesia mix)
Fingers Inc - Bring Down The Walls
Fingers Inc - Never No More Lonely
Gherkin Jerks - Strange Creatures
Gherkin Jerks - Space Dance
Larry Heard - Direct Drive

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fingers - What About This Love? and Blakk Society - Just Another Lonely Day are my favs because as much as i love a endless house rhythm i love good ole fashion songcraft better.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Is it too soon to mention Full Moon as a Heard classic?

JohnnyBodéga said...

Seeing Larry Heard last summer is one of my all time great live shows.
Reminded me of seeing P-funk all stars or something, astral travelling and all that