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Sulk [Original recording remastered]

Associates Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00004TL0C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Arrogance Gave Him Up
2. No
3. Bap De La Bap
4. Gloomy Sunday
5. Nude Spoons
6. Skipping
7. It's Better This Way
8. Party Fears Two
9. Club Country
10. nothinginsomethingparticular
11. Love Hangover
12. 18 Carat Love Affair
13. Ulcragyceptimol
14. And Then I Read A Book
15. Australia
16. Grecian 2000
17. The Room We Sat In Before

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The Associates' last album, Sulk, was their most fully realised. They were central to the New Pop revolution spiking the waters of the early 1980s charts, a stylish revolt against the joyless monotones of much post-punk music. On the cover of Sulk, singer Billy Mackenzie and musical half Alan Rankine are seen reclining in some hothouse, bathed in artificial blue and green light. Rankine's music was now equally "unnatural"--layer upon layer of synthetic uniqueness, its relationships to punk, funk and glam-rock no longer visible, while Mackenzie's vocals are grandiloquent without lapsing into Marc Almond-style camp cabaret. Yet there was something darkly peculiar about the Associates. "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country" were mutations of Haircut 100, extravagant yet haunted by doubt. "Alive and kicking at the country club/we're always sickening at the country club". Whatever drove the Associates, whatever was eating them remained a mystery, exacerbated by Mackenzie's suicide in 1997. --David Stubbs

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 14 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This version of Sulk is based on the original UK issue, with "Bap De La Bap", "Nude Spoons" and "Nothing In Something Particular" included, but happily also includes the old Diana Ross hit "Love Hangover" and "18 Carat Love Affair" (a vocal interpretation of "Nothing In Something Particular") which was one of The Associates' few chart hits. From the alternative Sulk issue, only "White Car In Germany" is missed and the version of both "It's Better This Way" and "Club Country" are slightly different. Of the extra tracks, "The Room We Sat In Before", a demo guitar and vocal version of "It's Better This Way" is outstanding. Very few bands, if any, were capable of matching, let alone exceeding the genious of The Associates at their peak, and this album is most definitely at their peak! Mackenzie's voice is astonishing (although "The Radio 1 Sessions" shows this in ever more detail) and the originality of Rankine's music and arrangements is superb.
This is the ultimate pop album, and should be in everyone's collection!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever made. 8 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Beware of hyperbole. It can only lead to disappointment. If someone tells you that an album is one of the greatest things ever, what chance has it of living up to expectations? In the case of "Sulk", I'll ignore that rule.
This is the third album by The Associates and their last as a duo of Billy MacKenzie and Alan Rankine. It was a commercial success, reaching number 4 in the UK album charts and spawning two hit singles.
It is also very weird. I remember buying this in 1982 and being slightly shocked at just how experimental, edgy and DARK it was in places. This is not the kind of album that reaches number 4 nowadays. Nor are the singles Party Fears Two and Club Country likely to remind you much of anything Simon Cowell foists upon us. Driven by MacKenzie's magnificent, operatic voice, the songs zip around in all sorts of directions at once, using every available instrument and every studio technique possible. The result is a sort of non-retro psychedelia.
Elsewhere, the darkness emerges on Bap de La Bap. Like much of the album, it is difficult work out what exactly is going on, but there is an atmosphere of horror about the thing. Try these lyrics for size: "How does an antelope feel when it's being chased?/ The same as a man with a geiger pointing in his face/ Bap de la bap disregards all intelligence..." Then there is Gloomy Sunday - the band's take on a notorious 1930s ode to suicide. Listening to it now is a more troubling experience than it once was when one thinks of MacKenzie's end. Musically, it is actually one of the more conventional moments on an album that also includes the angsty It's Better This Way, the insane Nude Spoons and the magnificent Euro-romanticism of Skipping.
It is difficult to compare this album to anything, so original is it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost alt-pop masterpiece finally rediscovered. 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's certainly taken some time, but finally the Associates' third album from 1982 has got a deserved reissue. As a testament to the 80's images of excess, flamboyance, glamour and generally everything being over the top, this serves as a fine example. But whereas their contemporaries now sound superficial, Associates had two major assets, firstly the operatic splendour of Billy Mackenzie's voice and secondly the gloriously bonkers soundscapes developed by Alan Rankine. One only has to cock an ear to the third track, 'Bap De La Bap' where the liaison of minds first proves to be a match made in heaven; Mackenzie sounding like he is fighting a screaming battle in the synthetic hellhole created by his accomplice. 'Party Fears Two', a top ten hit originally, contains one of the most memorable piano riffs ever, complemented by Mackenzie's paranoid lyric putting himself in the minds of two party gatecrashers ("I'll have a shower and then phone my brother up. Within the hour I'll smash another cup."). Save the two rather pointless instrumentals the original album is a masterpiece of unhinged originality. Extra tracks featured include many of their later singles of which the euphoric '18 Carat Love Affair' and the rawer, guitar sounds of 'The Room We Sat In Before' impress the most.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest pop record ever made. 21 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Listen carefully, and you can hear a kitchen sink being tapped in 'No'. I'm sorry, I can't claim that that's original as Paul Morley said it in the original view in the NME in 1981. Yes mother, 19 years ago, but not one record has managed to spin, swirl, bemuse, annoy, disquiet or confound in the way 'Sulk' did. It's lush in only the way that 80s records could be but never were: Duran Duran never matched 'Club Country', ABC couldn't touch 'Party Fears Two'; it's the real sound of lying in the gutter and staring at the stars - read the book for the squalid brandy and coke madness of the record's construction (I'm sure it's around here somewhere). 'Sulk' is as plastic as a Dobro guitar and as valuable. Sulk is a record that could never be made again as it wouldn't get past the accountants and, well, the guy who made it what it was, he's dead.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back! 9 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
Some albums from the 80s condemn themselves to be forever incarcerated in the decade by using the fairlight or the fretless bass..."Sulk" labours under no such strife, and sounds more of this time than the day of it's release, with it's impact exacerbated by the fact that one of it's architects - the other-worldly voiced Billy Mackenzie - left this mortal coil in 97.,thus ensuring that it's brilliance will never be repeated.
The familiar one's are there - "Party Fears Two", which was mad, but not their best..and the incredible "Club Country"...Also the cacophonic "Nude Spoons", which sounds wonderful now, whilst in the 80s it just sounded a bit too much......
Other songs have matured wonderfully - "Skipping" is a hidden classic, whilst the demo "The Room We Sat In Before" improves on the finished article "It's Better This Way" by its starkness giving clarity to the full character of it's lyrics...
I'm hoping that in the glut of re-releases that subsequent albums such as "Perhaps" and maybe even the hitherto unreleased "The Glamour Chase" may see the light of day!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by STEPHEN CIRCUIT
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Legendary
OK not normally one to leave reviews.....but this album is fantastic. It may be more than 30 years old but I wish there were more artists around today who experimented so... Read more
Published 11 days ago by John S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great third album...of a very talented duo
The Associates are really up there with their other contemporaries like Yazoo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magazine and Wire
Loved this album when I bought it in 82 and it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Super massive voice Super massive LP
I bought this Lp back in the early 80s, and played it till it was virtually unplayable... then it was forgotten about.. BUT, Ive re discovered it on CD... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
yet again the true sound of 80s at it finest was ground breaking music found that amazon was the only web i could find this cd on go on give it a try its brill
Published 19 months ago by MR J N BANNER-BROADHEAD
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend
Have not listened to the album. But my friend wanted this to complete his collection so bought as a present.

Published 24 months ago by C. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars sulk remastered
Quick delivery , CD well priced , Well packed. My son very happy not been able to get this anywhere. I told him to try Amazon.
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by Mr. K. J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy is God
Simply the best album ever produced. Don't let anyone tell you anything different. x
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by K. P. Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars good for three songs
This group had three good songs and three only, they are Party Fears two, Club Country and 18 c love affair, sorry to anyone who thinks otherwise, this is really the only album you... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2008 by A. Thornton
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