9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
At last released on CD, phew!!!!,
This review is from: The Affectionate Punch (Audio CD)
This is a truly amazing album. Its unlike anything else I have heard and I struggle to compare the Associates to other groups.
Billy Macenzie's vocals are almost operatic. Some of the lyrics are nonsensical e.g the song entitled A lists the letters of the alphabet and then comes up with classic nonsense of "I've known Zed's who've only take B's to bed". Their meaning may be complete rubbish but it dosn't stop you singing the lyrics aloud whilst the underlying catch zips around your head. I was once singing the lyrics to Dog's in the Wild when my son who was 2 at the time started copying. Other lyrics sound as if they should have a deeper meaning such as the affectionate punch. Just how can a punch be affectionate?
The vocals are accompanied by often deep and haunting, bordering on grating guitars.
I remember the album released on vinyl and was blown away as a teenager. The record had been borrowed from the library and I was unable to get the record again either borrowed or purchased. The remixed re-released Affectionate Punch was not a patch on the original. The tracks had been remixed and reordered and despite these being the "only" changes the feal of the album had changed totally. Now 25 years later I have been reunited with the original version of this album and it still has a similar effect on me as it did over 20 years ago.
If you want something different then give it a try. You'll either love it or hate it.