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The Associates



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Released 2022, UK

Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1979, The Associates were comprised of vocalist Billy Mackenzie and multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine. Drawing from a diverse range of influences including art rock, glam, and disco, the duo achieved early success with their debut album "The Affectionate Punch" in 1981. Their second studio album, "Sulk," released in 1982, is considered the group's definitive work, blending lush New Romantic pop with dark, surreal cabaret elements. "Sulk" was acclaimed as the album of the year by Melody Maker upon its release. This limited edition 40th Anniversary Bookpack commemorates "Sulk" with the original album remastered on 140g Blue Vinyl and 3CDs containing the original album, out-takes, monitor mixes, rarities, Peel sessions, and a previously unreleased live show from Gigant in the Netherlands from 1981. The 12" Bookpack also includes exclusive sleevenotes by journalist Simon Reynolds, along with interviews with Alan Rankine, Michael Dempsey, Mike Hedges, and Martha Ludley, as well as unseen photography by Derek Reid, Tom Sheehan, and Eveline Dröge. Reflecting on "Sulk," Billy Mackenzie expressed that it was a true liberation for him, encapsulating the essence of his artistry and allowing him to "create [his] own sunshine." This edition includes 1LP and



  • : Sulk
  • LP-A1: Arrogance Gave Him Up
  • LP-A2: No
  • LP-A3: Bap De La Bap
  • LP-A4: Gloomy Sunday
  • LP-A5: Nude Spoons
  • LP-B1: Skipping
  • LP-B2: It's Better This Way
  • LP-B3: Party Fears Two
  • LP-B4: Club Country
  • LP-B5: Nothinginsomethingparticular
  • : Sulk
  • CD1-1: Arrogance Gave Him Up
  • CD1-2: No
  • CD1-3: Bap De La Bap
  • CD1-4: Gloomy Sunday
  • CD1-5: Nude Spoons
  • CD1-6: Skipping
  • CD1-7: It's Better This Way
  • CD1-8: Party Fears Two
  • CD1-9: Club Country
  • CD1-10: Nothinginsomethingparticular
  • : Outtakes, Monitor Mixes & Rarities
  • CD2-1: Ulcragyceptimol - Demo
  • CD2-2: I Never Will - Demo
  • CD2-3: Club Country - Demo
  • CD2-4: Me, Myself And The Tragic Story - John Leckie Recording
  • CD2-5: Australia - John Leckie Recording
  • CD2-6: Skipping - Monitor Mix Instrumental
  • CD2-7: It's Better This Way - Monitor Mix
  • CD2-8: And Then I Read A Book - Alternative Version
  • CD2-9: Ulcragyceptimol - Alternative Version
  • CD2-10: It's Better This Way - Alternative Version
  • CD2-11: The Associate
  • CD2-12: A Girl Named Property
  • CD2-13: Grecian 2000
  • CD2-14: Party Fears Two - 7"
  • CD2-15: Club Country - 7"
  • CD2-16: 18 Carat Love Affair
  • CD2-17: Love Hangover - Extended Version
  • : Associates Live - The Peel Sessions
  • CD3-1: Me, Myself and the Tragic Story
  • CD3-2: Nude Spoons
  • CD3-3: A Matter Of Gender
  • CD3-4: It's Better This Way
  • CD3-5: Ulcragyceptimol
  • CD3-6: Waiting for the Love Boat
  • CD3-7: Australia
  • CD3-8: Love Hangover
  • CD3-9: A Severe Case of Career Insecurity
  • : Associates Live - Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81
  • CD3-10: Arrogance Gave Him Up
  • CD3-11: A Matter Of Gender
  • CD3-12: Nude Spoons
  • CD3-13: Paper House
  • CD3-14: No
  • CD3-15: And Then I Read A Book
  • CD3-16: Gloomy Sunday
  • CD3-17: It's Better This Way
  • CD3-18: Skipping
  • CD3-19: Australia
  • : 18 Carat Love Affair / Love Hangover
  • A: 18 Carat Love Affair
  • B: Love Hangover (7" Edit)

Genres & Styles

Genres: Electronic, Rock, and Pop
Styles: New Wave, Synth-pop, and Art Rock

Other Information

40th Anniversary limited edition deluxe 12" book pack with an exclusive signed gold cassette single from Townsend Music. The exclusive gold cassette features the songs "18 Carat Love Affair" and "Love Hangover".

Originally released a few months after ‘Sulk’, the double A Side single ‘18 Carat Love Affair/Love Hangover’ achieved #21 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1982. This Limited Edition recreation of the 7” single is now available for the first time on Gold Cassette, presented in a card wallet.

Please note that the 'album version' of "Party Fears Two" included is the 12" version, not the original 1982 album version.

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* Audio and tracklist in this preview may differ from the vinyl record. See tracklist for the vinyl record above.