The Associates

Scottish rock band featuring Billy MacKenzie and Alan Rankine. Formed 1976
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The Associates Biography (Wikipedia)

The Associates (or simply Associates) were a Scottish rock band, formed in Dundee in 1979 by singer Billy Mackenzie and guitarist Alan Rankine. The group first gained recognition after releasing an unauthorized cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging" in 1979, which landed them a contract with Fiction Records. They followed with their debut album The Affectionate Punch in 1980 and the singles collection Fourth Drawer Down in 1981, both to critical praise.

They achieved commercial success in 1982 with the UK Top 10 album Sulk and UK Top 20 singles "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country", during which time they were associated with the New Pop movement. Rankine left the group that year, leaving Mackenzie to record under the Associates name until 1990. They briefly reunited in 1993. Mackenzie died in 1997.

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Party Fears Two
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Party Fears Two
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Club Country
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Club Country
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Skipping
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Skipping
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Those First Impressions
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Those First Impressions
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Even Dogs In The Wild
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Even Dogs In The Wild
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White Car In Germany
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White Car In Germany
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18 Carat Love Affair
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18 Carat Love Affair
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The Affectionate Punch
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The Affectionate Punch
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Message / Speech (Radio 1 Session, 17 Jul 1984)
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Message / Speech (Radio 1 Session, 17 Jul 1984)
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A Matter Of Gender (Radio 1 Richard Skinner Session, 15 Jul 1984)
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A Matter Of Gender (Radio 1 Richard Skinner Session, 15 Jul 1984)
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Australia (Radio 1 John Peel Session, 6 Mar 1982)
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Australia (Radio 1 John Peel Session, 6 Mar 1982)
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Love Hangover (Radio 1 John Peel Session, 6 Mar 1982)
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Love Hangover (Radio 1 John Peel Session, 6 Mar 1982)
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