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The Bizarre Life And Lonely Death Of Billy Mackenzie

Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

TOP OF THE POPS, MARCH 3, 1982. A relatively unknown band from north of the border are about to do what David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Sex Pistols have done before them, and what The Smiths, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Happy Mondays will do after: assault the cameras with sheer charisma, burst through the nation's cathode tubes and achieve television greatness. It is the debut mainstream TV appearance by Associates.

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