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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2001
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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A great re-release of a classic album originally released in 1982. Still sounds timeless over 30 years later.
I guess you know the album’s context – Billy Mackenzie (soaring vocalist) and Alan Rankine (multi-instrumentalist) along with guest musicians were let loose in the aptly named The Playhouse (studios) and let their imaginations run riot. New Romantics were in vogue, but the Associates used this as an inspiration whilst sniggering at the trends - check out lyrics to 'Club Country'. Peerless single 'Party Fears Two' (with euphoric TOTP appearances) was coupled with an album of lush arrangements and bonkers lyrics that all make perfect sense. Recorded in a frenetic period that was to prove the apex of the band.
This is a solid reissue of a fabulous album. Never has an album cover so aptly matched the music within – lush setting, awash with nightclub lighting, insouciant and smouldering expressions and a liberal dash of spontaneity.
This is the 4th time I have bought this album, so what’s new in this version?
• Sourced from original ¼ inch tape – the best it has ever sounded, at last! Brings out all the instruments and shows off Alan Rankine's contribution.
• Longest version of Part Fears Two (at 5:34) - epic.
• 12” of Country Club (6:55) good to have. 'Every breath belongs to someone there'.
• Instrumental version of Party Fears Two - lovely.
• It’s Better This Way (the best break-up song ever) with alternative version (B-side to PF2) which as Billy notes at the end ‘was at a groovy, groovy speed’.
• Other extras of singles, various demos and 5 previously unreleased tracks which show work in progress. I loved them, others may think that it is too much exposure.
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'Sulk' is probably THE pop album of all time (though it moves pop to giddy stratospheres), probably better than masterpieces like 'New Gold Dream', 'Cupid & Psyche 85', 'The Facts of Life', 'World Shut Your Mouth', 'Kimino my House', 'Penthouse & Pavement', 'English Settlement', 'Technique', 'Screamadelica', '3ft high & Rising', 'Transformer', 'Surfer Rosa', 'The Lexicon of Love', 'Brilliant Trees', 'The Head on the Door', 'Ultra Vivid Scene' (I could go on). It also works as a concept album a la 'Dark Side of the Moon'- the first ten tracks comprising the original 'Sulk' LP release (I have two); side one takes us into the darkness. Side two returns us to the light. EVERYONE I've played this to has been blown away- best heard at night, in darkness, it evokes the colour of dreams- as I was when I first heard 'Partyfearstwo' and a friend played me 'Breakfast' and the Fiction original of 'The Affectionate Punch' (don't buy the exploitative 1997 version, it is erroneous). The intro, 'Arrogance...' takes us to the Nymanesque-'No'- with its litter of oblique lines. 'BapdelaBap'takes us to a surreal plain where Vasco de Gama only voyaged with intent to stare. Associates 'Gloomy Sunday' is fantastic; their own. 'Nude Spoons' is a manic-meltdown: "I'm glad I had this vital heart attack/It clears psoriasis" before the insane screams of "nude spoons euphoria". I must mention Alan Rankine's soundscapes, Mike Hedges production and Billy Mackenzie's heartbreaking vocals. 'Skipping' & 'It's Better This Way' take us to a more conventional sound (not far from the Banshees, Cure or Magazine)- Billy's vocals are as ever indescribable: like the bloke from the tindersticks mixed with Scott Walker mixed with Bjork mixed with...heaven.Read more ›
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What the other (excellent) reviews have failed to mention, is that the version of the stunning 'Club Country' is the truncated single version and NOT the version from the original UK album release. This, together with the fact that 'Grecian 2000' and 'Australia' are listed in the wrong order, spoils anotherwise welcome reissue.
5 stars for the music, 3 for the attention given to this release.
Billy deserves far better.
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