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After meeting at The Hacienda in
1988, K-klass (Paul Roberts, Carl Thomas, Russ Morgan, and Andy
Williams) made the groundbreaking Wildlife EP. It earned them
an almost unique reputation for house and techno, a genre that
hardly existed in the UK at the time. 1993 saw the release of
their first album, Unversal, which further cemented their reputation,
as well as allowing them to collaborate with the likes of The
Smith's Johnny Marr and Andrew Wetherall. In 1999 they released
their second album, K2
"We all met at the Hacienda in 1988.
We had met before, though. Me and Carl had done some gigs in Chester
supporting 808 State. Andy and Carl were already pretty established,
but we had no gear at the time - it was basically an SH-101 and
a little Tandy mixer.
"We took about five tracks to Eastern
Bloc in Manchester, just to see what they thought. We didn't have
a name for the band or anything, and the tracks were just numbers,
but they were really keen, and we put it out on a white label.
We were playing a lot of live shows at the time, and used to take
along boxloads of stuff to sell, and it went down really well.".
- PAUL ROBERTS