C86 Show - Indie Pop

The Associates with Alan Rankine - Part 1

May 12, 2022

The Associates with Alan Rankine - Part 1 - in conversation with David Eastaugh

The Associates  were a Scottish post-punk and pop band, formed in Dundee in 1979 by singer Billy Mackenzieand guitarist Alan Rankine. The group first gained recognition after releasing an unauthorized cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging" as their debut single 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

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