What does it sound like?:
Now expanded to two cds and remastered from the newly rediscovered original master tapes, this debut album from the Scottish duo still packs more than just an affectionate punch.
Originally released back in 1980, this album appeared like something from another planet, something totally alien. In a way, there are almost too many ideas vying for attention here – hints of Sparks, a touch of The Cure, a little influence of early Simple Minds even, all are grist to the creative mill of Rankine and MacKenzie.
The music is that of a band still to some extent searching for an identity, still refining their unique creative approach to song writing.
The second disc comprises a mixture of early demos and remixes, including their version of Bowie’s Boys Keep Swinging, some of which would have held their own on the finished album – Double Hipness being the obvious example.
The package is completed with a very informative booklet, which makes most interesting reading.
What does it all *mean*?
An album that still sounds as innovative and invigorating now as it did back in the dim and distant days of 1980.
Goes well with…
Quirky pop, Josef K, XTC perhaps.
Might suit people who like…
Any album that includes a song like Even Dogs In The Wild has got to be worth a listen, so if you’ve not heard much of The Associates before apart from the obvious singles then give this set a chance to make its mark on you!