Posted by DjPaulT on September 4th, 2015
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982
“18 Carat Love Affair/Love Hangover” was a 1982 double A side single by Scottish post punk/new wave band The Associates released on July 23, 1985. The single was backed with a cover of the Diana Ross hit “Love Hangover”. “18 Carat Love Affair/Love Hangover” debuted on the UK singles chart on August 7, 1982 peaking at #21.
Described by Billy Mackenzie in Smash Hits as a “quasi-Neil Sedaka song”, ’18 Carat Love Affair’ was ASSOCIATES’ most commercial offering and a fine example of their supreme avant pop. Martha Ladly’s girlie shrill went hand-in-hand with the incessant synth riff in this tale about a gay affair that Mackenzie was trying to hide.
“18 Carat Love Affair” and “Love Hangover” were not included on the original UK issue of the album “Sulk” but were included on the US version of the original LP.
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
Label: Associates – ASC3T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Released: 23 Jul 1982
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Track A2 is written “Swap It” on the label and written as one word “Swapit” on the back cover.
Find the 12″ on DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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