2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
A former member of THE CURE, bassist Michael Dempsey soon joined ASSOCIATES and played on the three albums which defined their reputation; now reissued as 2CD deluxe editions via BMG, these collections have been supervised and produced by Dempsey.
Michael Dempsey kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about this new ASSOCIATES reissue campaign and the challenges of the repackaging process in the 21st century. Continue Reading ›
Scotland’s ASSOCIATES are a band that burned briefly but brightly. Fronted by the mercurial Billy MacKenzie and driven musically by multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine, the group’s entire back catalogue has been remastered, accompanied by a new compilation.
With the upcoming reissues soon to be released, Alan Rankine kindly spoke to The Electricity Club about his time with ASSOCIATES and the legend of Billy MacKenzie. Continue Reading ›
The timely release of ‘The Very Best of ASSOCIATES’ featuring their hits ‘Party Fears Two’, ‘Club Country’ and ’18 Carat Love Affair’ creates an opportunity for the work of Billy MacKenzie and Alan Rankine to be re-evaluated and re-discovered.
With a partnership covering a period of just three albums, this anthology is only a part of the story. Thus, the new 2CD slipcased deluxe editions of the MacKenzie / Rankine era ASSOCIATES albums delve even further. Continue Reading ›
WINSTON TONG is best known for writing and singing ‘In A Manner Of Speaking’, a song that was subsequently covered by DEPECHE MODE’s Martin Gore on his 1989 ‘Counterfeit’ solo mini-album.
Originally performed by TUXEDOMOON, Tong had joined the experimental art rockers in a flexible arrangement that allowed him to pursue other projects. One of those was his electropop solo album 'Theoretically Chinese'. Continue Reading ›