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Subject: Uncharted in North America: The Associates

Written By: whistledog on 03/30/13 at 6:39 pm

The Associates were formed in Scotland by guitarist Alan Rankine and singer Billy MacKenzie in the late 70s.  They made their debut in 1979, and after a handful of singles that failed to chart, they finally made their breakthrough in 1982 with Party Fears Two that reached the UK Top 10 and remained their highest charting single.  In 1991, the group called it quits and through all their chart success in the UK, only 4 of their songs (one was a AA side) reached the UK Top 40.
In 1997, MacKenzie committed suicide shortly before a planned reunion.  Their music lives on.

Their music was released over here, I guess we just didn't bite.  I have a Canadian issued vinyl copy of their 1982 album Sulk and an American issued cassette copy of their 1990 greatest hits album Popera

Here are my two favourites from them ...

18 Carat Love Affair / Take Me to the Girl

The Associates Hit Singles ...
1982 - Party Fears Two
1982 - Club Country
1982 - 18 Carat Love Affair / Love Hangover
1984 - Those First Impressions
1984 - Waiting For the Love Boat
1985 - Breakfast
1985 - Take Me to the Girl
1988 - Heart of Glass
1990 - Fever
1990 - Fire to Ice
1991 - Just Can't Say Goodbye

Sulk (1982) is proudly in my list of the 10 greatest albums of the 80s!

Subject: Re: Uncharted in North America: The Associates

Written By: Paul on 06/23/13 at 5:36 pm

Die-hard fans of the duo insist that their best work was among the stuff that was released prior to chart action...whatever, they were highly distinctive, what with Bill's voice...

Who knows what could have been, had his demons not beaten him?

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