Humanoid ‎– Stakker Humanoid

Westside Records (2) ‎– WSRT 12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Picture Sleeve


A1 Stakker Humanoid 4:59
A2 Stakker Humanoid (Radio Edit) 3:40
B Stakker Humanoid (The Omen Mix) 7:50

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'Produced by B. Dougans/J. Laker' is credited on the centre label.
Recorded & Mixed at Dance Music Studios, London W5
℗ 1988 Westside Records Ltd

The release samples the voice of Evil Otto from the "Berzerk" videogame, manufactured by Stern in 1980.
Also released in a generic sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 015712 161265
  • Barcode (String): 5015712161265
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A-side - Variant 1): WSRT 12 A-1 DAMONT MT B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B-side - Variant 1): WSRT 12 B-1 DAMONT MT I
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A-side - Variant 2): WSRT 12 A-1 DAMONT MT D
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B-side - Variant 2): WSRT 12 B-1 DAMONT MT S
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A-side - Variant 3): WSRT 12 A-1 DAMONT MT T
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B-side - Variant 3): WSRT 12 B-1 DAMONT MT P

Other Versions (5 of 48) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DD TOT 47 Humanoid Stakker Humanoid (Feadz 2007 Mix)(File, MP3, 320) Jumpin' & Pumpin' DD TOT 47 UK 2007
ZYX 6047-8 Humanoid Stakker Humanoid(CD, Maxi, Car) ZYX Records ZYX 6047-8 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
MCS TOT 27 Humanoid Stakker Humanoid 92(Cass, Single) Jumpin' & Pumpin' MCS TOT 27 UK 1992 Sell This Version
OTB 1366 7 Humanoid Stakker Humanoid(7", Pic) On The Beat OTB 1366 7 France 1989 Sell This Version
BB 8199 Stakker* Stakker Humanoid(12", Promo) Beat Box BB 8199 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version


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April 10, 2016

Looking back, it's incredible just how quickly music seemed to move on back in the 1980s.

From tracks which still sounded more like electro in 1985, to piano tracks with (even at the time) fairly lame kick drums in 1986, then onto tunes like "Acid Tracks" in 1987, then onto this. All in less than two years! Music just doesn't seem to move forward quite so quickly these days, if at all.

This was one of the "hardest" house tunes back then, and it could even be a contender for the first "hard trance" record, and surely an influence on the upcoming breakbeat hardcore scene as well. House and techno wasn't really "hard" back in '87-'88 (if you wanted hard beats, you needed to listen to good hardcore hip-hop, strange as that may sound today), but this one was one of the game-changers.

Still sounds amazing even after all these years. One of my favourite tunes of 1988, always on the Technics back then, and spinning on the 1210s as I write.

I think I'll still be playing this one in a nursing home in 30 years time (if I live that long, lol).


July 1, 2015
wicked old skool were samples were at there best my fav sample out of this tune is the defender arcade game plus so many more in this tune days gone by


May 9, 2015

The begining of the goldenage all that LSD and Shrooms and bangin beats on those drums , it's in the sky ;-)


January 28, 2015
Class acid, rave tune that still holds up now. Good dance music comes full circle and this still sounds so fresh and is so full of raw, euro energy without sounding cheesey. Many imitated this sound but few could compete, one of the best of it's time and genre in my opinion.


January 8, 2014
This was the 1st 12" single i bought.


November 7, 2012

Just one of my 2-3 favourite tracks all times! Classic tune. Real acid house track. I love playing and dancin'!Amazing! Thanks Brian for this jewel


October 23, 2010
First acid tune I ever heard. 14 years old. WICKED. Very few (if any) have come even close over the last 20 years. "Right place, right time...."


October 12, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Stakker was the collaborative work of video artists Mark McClean and Colin Scott.
Stakker needed someone to engineer on the music for what eventually became the Eurotechno video and got Brian Dougans to work with them.
Stakker sent Morgan Khan a video tape of their graphics which had some of the sound that Scott, McClean, Dougans were developing on it.
Morgan invited them to his studio in Ealing London and here Colin Scott, Mark McClean and Brian Dougans recorded Humanoid. The Evil Otto sample “Humanoid” from the "Berzerk" videogame, which provided the name of the track, was recorded by Dougans in an arcade on Ealing High St.
Originally called “Humanoid” to be put out by Stakker through Morgan Khans label Westside Records, it was released by Morgan as “Stakker Humanoid” by “Humanoid” to avoid copyright issues.
A dispute had arisen between Dougans and Scott / McClean and before the record was in the shops Stakker and Dougans split. It was the end of their working relationship. It had lasted just over a year.
The soundtrack for Eurotechno was later totally remixed and overdubbed with new sections added by Colin Scott and Simon Monday in the digital studio that Colin Scott and mark McClean had set up in the Goldcrest building in Great Pultney St in Soho.
This soundtrack is on the Eurotechno video and on the CD recently released by rephlex.


November 15, 2003
edited over 7 years ago
One of those records where the radio edit is better than the full length version. The radio mix peaks at *just* the right moment with the "humanoid" vocal sample coming in and causing delirium on the dancefloor.
Somehow the 4.59 mix misses the boat on that crucial aspect and shoe-horns an unnecessary 4 bars in there and ends up sounding *wrong*.
It becomes a good lesson in how NOT to arrange a track, but its genius anyway , so what the hell........


September 10, 2003
Still a total classic and as fresh as the day i heard it at a warehouse party in blackburn in 88. It's awful to hear updated versions of it remixed though, as it is a timeless keystone in house music history, and defines itself in that place like a rock.
If you compare the original to the music of today, you will gasp at the amazing production and the pure energy thats in this track, which always leaves you breathless when you play it out at high volume. It's also the only REAL acid track to break the british pop charts, which is a hell of an achievement in itself.
Indeed like someone said earlier, you only have to look at the work that Dougans and Cobain wrote after this masterwork under the guise of FSOL, it's almost like a precursor of what was to come.

Diggers rating 10 out of 10