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 ›
When ASSOCIATES appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops’ in Winter of 1982 with ‘Party Fears Two’, it was the first time that many had experienced the kaleidoscopic vocal of Billy Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s outlandish operatics with a four-and-a-half octave range made him a stand out character during the post-punk era.
So what songs deserve to be on an imaginary compilation as an introduction to Mackenzie’s work? Here are 18 songs which gather the sporadic genius of Billy Mackenzie. Continue Reading ›