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Dundee, United Kingdom (1977 – 1990)

Associates were a post-punk/new wave band which formed in 1977 in Dundee, Scotland. They initially consisted of Billy MacKenzie (vocals), Alan Rankine (guitar, keyboards) and later, Michael Dempsey (bass), formerly of The Cure. After Rankine and Dempsey’s departures in 1982, the band featured a fluctuating lineup revolving around MacKenzie. Their best known single is 1982’s “Party Fears Two”. The band split in 1990, but Billy and Alan reunited briefly in 1993. They did not play any more concerts but made some recordings which were released on the double CD “Double Hipness”. MacKenzie commited suicide in 1997, which deeply affected his friends Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux, who both wrote songs in tribute of MacKenzie for their respective bands The Cure (“Cut Here”) and The Creatures (“Say”).


The Affectionate Punch (Fiction, 1980)
Fourth Drawer Down (Fiction, 1981)
Sulk (WEA, 1982)
Perhaps (WEA, 1985)
The Glamour Chase (WEA, 1988) - but unreleased until 2003
Wild and Lonely (Circa, 1990)
Popera: The Singles Collection (WEA East West, 1990)
The Radio One Sessions (Nighttracks, 1994)
Double Hipness (V2, 2000)
The Radio One Sessions Volume One 1981-1983 (Strange Fruit, 2003)
The Radio One Sessions Volume Two 1984-1985 (Strange Fruit, 2003)
Singles (Warners, 2004)


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  • bingbongbilly

    Fourth Drawer Down ♥

    12 Mar 11:27am Reply
  • eriqk

    i think it might be a typo though im not sure.

    16 Feb 3:57pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    pft, I'm gonna have to turn 112 in that case... here's for hoping, I guess?

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    It's funny listening to pop music and thinking that Sulk was released over thirty years ago. It's as if we're going backwards. So yeah, 2099.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    I'm looking forward to Sulk's release in 2099 [6]

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • alexpedro1988

    I'm looking forward to Sulk's release in 2099 [5]

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lesoleilvert

    I'm looking forward to Sulk's release in 2099 [4]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    Alan Rankine looks like an Arab.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • StuffedBird

    @blueajcooper, I don't think it really matters. Some album art contains ''The'' (Associates).

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • GazGod

    I'm looking forward to Sulk's release in 2099 [2]

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • blueajcooper

    RussellChap has it right. There is no 'the' in 'Associates'.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    I'm looking forward to Sulk's release in 2099.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I might be being pedantic but it's Associates NOT The Associates >:-(

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Aberdeen's an old place, Dusseldorf's a cold place.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • little-bluebird

    gloomy like a desperate day. pure brilliance!

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Mozzerella10

    party fears two was playing before a film at the odeon (which surprised + delighted me).

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I prefer Associates

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    that bitter sticky sweet romantic voice ........ ♥

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • rockrollmilk

    不知道能迷倒多少少女心~!光听歌都能爱上这样的小伙,可惜比利已死了10多年了,对他们感情很深 ,以前在床上听,睡前听,公车上听,激动又感动,触电了一般,这个苏格兰的乐队 绝对是天才,他们的歌,气氛和旋律都太奇妙,太美了,冷冰冰的华丽浪漫和悲伤 五彩缤纷 冷酷的 甜蜜忧郁

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Fruity, Fuckable, Colourful & sweetly sad & that's just MacKenzie's VOICE (not really a adequate description), Rankine's Guitar & Keyboards are equally lush. The Associates a total one off.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
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