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Associates

Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1979, the Associates comprised vocalist Billy Mackenzie and multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine. Built on an eclectic mix of influences and interests ranging from art rock to glam and disco, the group debuted with a manic cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging," which earned them a contract with Fiction Records. Their 1980 debut LP, The Affectionate Punch, was a critically acclaimed work which expanded the duo's sound into both stark minimalism and melodramatic ballads, earning Mackenzie's powerful voice favorable comparisons to Scott Walker.

After jumping to the Situation Two label, the Associates released a series of singles which explored a continually diverse array of styles and textures. With 1982's "Party Fears Two," issued under their own Associates label imprint, the group finally hit the U.K. Top Ten, and the follow-up singles "Club Country" and "18 Carat Love Affair" both reached the Top 30. 1982's Sulk was the group's definitive statement, a fascinating blend of lush, New Romantic popcraft and dark, surreal cabaret stylings.

Following the LP's success, however, relations between Mackenzie and Rankine soured, and the latter left the group for a solo career, releasing the albums The Day the World Became Her Age (1986), She Loves Me Not (1987), and The Big Picture Sucks (1989). Undaunted, Mackenzie retained the Associates name and teamed with Martin Rushent to record an album which went unreleased, although a few of the tracks later emerged on 1985's Perhaps, fleshed out by keyboardist Howard Hughes and guitarist Steve Reid. A long layoff followed, with another album, The Glamour Chase, recorded but rejected by label chiefs. In 1990, the Euro-disco-flavored Wild and Lonely emerged, and its lack of success effectively ended the Associates' story. In early 1997, while in the midst of preparing for a projected comeback, Mackenzie committed suicide. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wild And Lonely

1. Fire To Ice

2. Fever

3. People We Meet

4. Just Can't Say Goodbye

5. Calling All Around The World

6. The Glamour Chase

7. Where There's Love

8. Something's Got To Give

9. Strasbourg Square

10. Ever Since That Day

11. Wild And Lonely

12. 1, 2, 3,

13. Green Tambourine

14. Groovin' With Mr. Bloe

15. I'm Gonna Run Away From You

16. Fever In The Shadows

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Track List: Sulk

1. Arrogance Gave Him Up

2. No

3. Bap De La Bap

4. Gloomy Sunday

5. Nude Spoons

6. Skipping

7. It's Better This Way

8. Party Fears Two

9. Club Country

10. Nothinginsomethingparticular

11. Love Hangover

12. 18 Carat Love Affair

13. Ulcragyseptimol

14. And Then I Read A Book

15. Australia

16. Grecian 2000

17. The Room We Sat In Before

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Track List: The Affectionate Punch

1. The Affectionate Punch

2. Amused As Always

3. Logan Time

5. Transport To Central

6. A Matter Of Gender

7. Even Dogs In The Wild

8. Would I...Bounce Back

9. Deeply Concerned

10. A

11. You Were Young

14. Mona Property Girl

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Track List: Fourth Drawer Down

1. White Car In Germany

2. A Girl Named Property

3. Kitchen Person

4. Q Quarters

5. Tell Me Easter's On Friday

6. The Associate

7. Message Oblique Speech

8. An Even Whiter Car

9. Fearless (It Takes A Full Moon)

10. Point Si

11. Straw Towels

12. Kissed

13. Blue Soap

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max4134
White car In Germany. haven't heard it for ages. What a brilliant song, as they all are.
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max4134
Unbelievably underrated duo. Party Fears two has to be one of my alltime favorite songs by anyone
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They are such a good band.
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schweitzerst y l e
Even sadder that there's only one Pandora comment for Associates. Criminal, really.
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Sad story basically.

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