The Associates / Sulk 40th anniversary deluxe edition with SDE-exclusive 'Party Fears Two' CD single



Release Date: 15 July 2022

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Sulk 3CD+LP vinyl deluxe set with exclusive Party Fears Two CD single

• FREE 'Party Fears Two' limited CD single with each order (while stocks last) 

Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1979, The Associates were comprised of vocalist Billy Mackenzie and multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine. Built on an eclectic mix of influences and interests ranging from art rock to glam and disco, the duo found early success with their debut record The Affectionate Punch in 1981.

Their second studio album Sulk, released in 1982, was the group's definitive statement, a fascinating blend of lush, New Romantic pop craft and dark, surreal cabaret stylings. Upon its release, the album was voted the album of the year by Melody Maker.

This 40th Anniversary Limited Edition large format deluxe edition celebrates Sulk with three CDs of content including the original album, out-takes, monitor mixes, rarities, Peel sessions plus a previously unheard live show from Gigant in the Netherlands from 1981. The deluxe set also includes the original album remastered on 140g blue vinyl for the first time. 

Also features exclusive sleeve notes from Simon Reynolds with interviews from Alan Rankine, Michael Dempsey, Mike Hedges & Martha Ludley plus previously unseen photography by Derek Reid, Tom Sheehan & Eveline Dröge.

Sulk, Billy Mackenzie recalled before his death in 1997, “was a real liberation. It had the essence of what I’m about. I realized I could create my own sunshine.”

SDE is offering a totally exclusive 6-track CD single of Party Fears Two with all purchases of the Sulk 3CD+LP deluxe edition. This is a limited edition item while stocks last.

Sulk 40th anniversary deluxe edition is released on 15 July via BMG (was 13 May)


1. Arrogance Gave Him Up (2016 Remaster)
2. No (2016 Remaster)
3. Bap De La Bap (2016 Remaster)
4. Gloomy Sunday (2016 Remaster)
5. Nude Spoons (2016 Remaster)
6. Skipping (2016 Remaster)
7. It's Better This Way (2016 Remaster)
8. Party Fears Two (2016 Remaster)
9. Club Country (2016 Remaster)
10. Nothingsomethingparticular (2016 Remaster)


  1. Ulcragyceptimol (Demo) (2022 Master)^
  2. I Never Will (Demo) (2022 Master)
  3. Club Country (Demo) (2022 Master)
  4. Me, Myself and the Tragic Story (John Leckie Recording) (2022 Master)
  5. Australia (John Leckie Recording) (2022 Master)
  6. Skipping (Monitor Mix Instrumental) (2022 Master)^
  7. It's Better This Way (Monitor Mix) (2022 Master)^
  8. And Then I Read a Book (Alternative Version) (2022 Master)
  9. Ulcragyceptimol (2022 Master)
  10. It’s Better This Way (Alt Version) (2022 Master)
  11. The Associate (2022 Master)
  12. A Girl Named Property (2022 Master)
  13. Grecian 2000 (2022 Master)
  14. Party Fears Two (7") (2022 Master)
  15. Club Country (7") (2022 Master)
  16. 18 Carat Love Affair (2022 Master)
  17. Love Hangover (Extended Version) (2022 Master)


  1. Me Myself And The Tragic Story (Peel Session 28/04/81)
  2. Nude Spoons (Peel Session 28/04/81)
  3. A Matter Of Gender (Peel Session 28/04/81)
  4. It's Better This Way (Peel Session 28/04/81)
  5. Ulcragyceptimol (Peel Session 28/04/81)
  6. Waiting For The Love Boat (Peel Session 06/03/82)
  7. Australia (Peel Session 06/03/82)
  8. Love Hangover (Peel Session 06/03/82)
  9. A Severe Case of Career Insecurity (Peel Session 06/03/82)
  10. Arrogance Gave Him Up (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  11. A Matter Of Gender (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  12. Nude Spoons (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  13. Paper House (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  14. No (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  15. And Then I Read a Book (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  16. Gloomy Sunday (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  17. It's Better This Way (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  18. Skipping (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^
  19. Australia (Live at Gigant, Apeldoorn 10/01/81)^

^unreleased tracks


A1. Arrogance Gave Him Up (2016 Remaster)
A2. No (2016 Remaster)
A3. Bap De La Bap (2016 Remaster)
A4. Gloomy Sunday (2016 Remaster)
A5. Nude Spoons (2016 Remaster)
B1. Skipping (2016 Remaster)
B2. It's Better This Way (2016 Remaster)
B3. Party Fears Two (2016 Remaster)
B4. Club Country (2016 Remaster)
B5. Nothingsomethingparticular (2016 Remaster)

SDE-exclusive Party Fears Two CD single

1. Party Fears Two (7")
2. Party Fears Two (Album Version)
3. Party Fears Two (Remix)
4. Party Fears Two (Instrumental)
5. I Never Will (Demo)
6. It's Better This Way (B-Side)

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