It’s a good time to be a State fan. Not only is the complete MTV series finally hitting DVD in July — but their long lost comedy album just surfaced online. (Click here before it’s pulled.) The group recorded the disc for Warner Bros. about 15 years ago, and says they literally never heard from the label after turning it in. It’s since become the stuff of legend among the State’s massive fan base. It lives up to the hype, with a hysterical bit about a balloon-faced family and a techno song called “Illegal Rubbing.”
The group reunited for a San Francisco show earlier this year, when Rolling Stone first caught up with the crew. “We would love to do more,” David Wain tells RS now. “The State is an 11-headed beast though. Getting anything to happen requires divine miracles — just in terms of scheduling and logistics.” In the meantime, Wain is keeping busy with his Web series Wainy Days (viewable at My Damn Channel) while Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant work on screenplays (Night At the Museum) and new episodes of Reno 911.
Even if the full State doesn’t reunite, Wain would love to see many of them in a follow-up to his 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer. “Michael Showalter and I have discussed a prequel or a musical version,” says Wain. “It might take some third party with some juice and a vision to really get it off the ground though. It’s amazing that this movie has lived on and to some people has become a touchstone comedy. I can’t tell you how flattering that is. There’s something about WHAS and the State since they weren’t successful in their initial purpose that have made them more appealing to those that are interested in cult things.”