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The Associates: The Affectionate Punch

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 16 August 1980

RUMOURS have been dripping down from Scotland about a diverse horde of determined post Skids/S. Minds/Scars groups all ready to shift our attention. Positive Noise, ...

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The Associates: Boys Keep Scoring

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1980

THERE'S SOMETHING a little odd about Billy Mackenzie. When he was younger, he says, his friends used to think that he was crazy. Mental. ...

The Associates: Oor Billy!

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 28 March 1981

THE ASSOCIATES' own Mackenzie renounces all evil and talks to Dave McCullough instead ...

The Associates: Sulk (Associates/WEA/Beggars Banquet etc.)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 15 May 1982


Associates Uncovered!

Interview by Betty Page, Noise!, 5 August 1982

JUST LIKE the naked truth of the new Associates single sleeve, Billy McKenzie feels that he's currently over exposed. Although it was obviously quite an ...

The Associates Q&A

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 5 August 1982

IT'S BEEN a good year for the Associates, thus far. Since we last interviewed them in February, they've had a second hit single with 'Club ...

Disassociate!: The Associates

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 9 October 1982

THE WHIPPETS have pissed on the carpet of Chris Parry's Office. Billy Mackenzie grins, a little wickedly; there's a nice little stain that should be ...

Spoilt Brat, Silly Prat Or Visionary Genius?: Billy Mackenzie

Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 10 September 1983

ONLY A YEAR AGO The Associates seemed to have the world at their feet; with three hit singles behind them and their first tour in ...

The Associates: First Impressions

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, 30 June 1984

HE'S BACK. And although it's been two years, an aborted LP and a thousand rumors since we last heard the Associates' flighty, feisty pop, listening ...

The Associates: Wild Man

Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, 11 August 1984


The Associates, Mathilde Santing: St. James' Church, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 3 August 1985


The Smiths: Meat Is Murder; The Associates: Perhaps

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, Spring 1985

MORRISSEY OF The Smiths is still the unlikeliest pop star of all. Watching him jerk and flounder about on Top Of The Pops last week, ...

Yello: Shirley and Company

Interview by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, 27 June 1987

2005 note: Easily my favourite NME piece. Kudos also to the sub who chose the original caption: "Helvetica Bold" ...

Mackenzie's Return

Interview by Jon Wilde, Blitz, October 1988

Pop erratic, matinee idol, cool-obsessive, ex-insomniac, hopeless romantic, strategist, hedonist. After a series of chart successes with the Associates and a protracted three-year vacation, Billy ...

The Associates: Wild and Lonely

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 24 March 1990

THE FIRST TIME I heard the Associates was when I saw 'Party Fears Two' on Top Of The Pops. It was one of those moments ...

The Associates: Popera

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 12 January 1991

ONCE UPON A time (the early '80s), there was something called "new pop". For about a year Morley's pipedream of a chartbusting music that combined ...

Those Last Impressions: Billy MacKenzie

Retrospective by Lucy O'Brien, Q, 1997

When Billy MacKenzie committed suicide in January, he was about to re-launch a career that sparkled briefly but brilliantly with The Associates. Lucy O'Brien recalls ...

Billy Mackenzie: Pop's Great Outsider

Obituary by Paul Morley, The Guardian, 27 January 1997

AN ANARCHIC Bassey, a sinister Pavarotti, a monstrous madcap Bowie, even when he was at his most obscure, his most difficult and extreme, there was ...

The Bizarre Life And Lonely Death Of Billy Mackenzie

Retrospective by 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 ...

The Associates: The Affectionate Punch

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, February 1998

THIS is impossible music. It's impossible to mimic its myriad uniqueness, impossible to place in pop time, impossible to imagine how such music could ever ...

Billy MacKenzie

Profile by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"MacKenzie's real fear was the banal actuality of pop success…to keep his perfect, impossible-past-and-future pop fantasy intact, it was necessary to destroy Associates" ...

The Associates: Reissues

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Legendary Scottish duo — featuring late, great Billy MacKenzie — issue best work and pre-fame material ...

Boys Keep Swinging: The Associates’ Singles

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

All the 45s from the sublime Scottish duo who briefly threatened to run away with the ‘80s pop circus. ...

The Associates: Wild and lonely

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Record Collector, April 2007

In January 1997, Billy Mackenzie, the most astonishing singer of his generation, was found dead. 10 years on, no one quite knows why the mercurial ...

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