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The Associates – Party Fears Two (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 10th, 2015


A. Front

“Party Fears Two” is a 1982 single by Scottish post-punk/new wave band The Associates, released from their second studio (and third album in total) Sulk. The song became their breakthrough Top 20 and best-known hit, peaking at #9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted on the Irish Singles Chart at #16. With its iconic honky tonk piano line, “Party Fears Two” was a magnificent song about dealing with the perils of schizophrenia.

The band performed the song on the BBC television show Top of the Pops.

“Party Fears Two” has been covered by several artists, including The Divine Comedy, Heaven 17, King Creosote and Dan Bryk. “Party Fears Two” was used as an instrumental section for the theme music on BBC Radio 4 satirical current affairs series Week Ending.

The b-side “It’s Better This Way” is a radically different version from both the UK and US album versions.

Party Fears Two (Extended Mix) 5:34

It’s Better This Way 3:43

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Associates ‎– asc1t, Associates ‎– ASC 1 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 28 Jan 1982
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Composed By – Rankine*, McKenzie*
Producer – Associates*, Hedges*

“Party Fears Two” is an uncredited extended mix.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
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23 Responses to “The Associates – Party Fears Two (UK 12″)”

  1. Peter Says:

    Many thanks for this incredible Associates string of singles!
    Any chance you can do some 12” singles transfers of the group Imagination?
    They had some wonderful instrumental versions b-sides still unavailable elsewhere.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Peter. I never bought any Imagination singles. However I will try to get some of them as more donations come in 🙂


  2. Paddy Says:

    I love all your Associates rips. Please keep them coming, there are a few left to get a complete collection of one of the best voices during the 80s.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Paddy I will do my best 🙂


  3. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul once again for the wonderful Associates catalogue. Can u post some of the Mackenzie/Yello collaborations?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will in time Omar 🙂


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    One of the greatest and unlikeliest opening lines for a pop song ever! I’ve been singing it round the house all week, hoping, suspecting you’d post it. 🙂

    This song always reminds me of Wah’s Story Of The Blues, and vice versa. They just seem to go together as a pair.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will have to listen to the Wah song again Jermajesty 🙂


    Disco-D Reply:

    Party Fears Two and The Story Of The Blues were both produced by Mike Hedges 🙂


  5. Jeff Says:

    You’re pulling out all-the-stops Paul with this series of Associate’s singles!! I love how you make your community so very happy. I’m happy too, because it has been a blast hearing these records. I also like how you’re exposing them to us. You’re not presenting them in order, but you’re skipping about. It’s a great overall exposure to the band. Thanks for the care you undertake when you post things. You work your talents FIERCELY!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I kinda skipped around on this series Jeff but it’s fun hearing all of the different stages of the band 🙂


  6. mothloop Says:

    You certainly are on a nice roll with these two. I’m surprised you haven’t featured them before now, since you seem have quite a bit of their stuff. Thanks, these have been really nice to hear.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am surprised too Mothloop I have several artists that I have deep catalogs of. I just have to find the time to post them all lol. I’m really happy everyone is enjoying this series 🙂


  7. ex15 Says:


    Thanks for all of The Associates rips.. 🙂


  8. Junior Says:

    I need to check the other Associate singles you have posted, i have been away for a week or so.

    I have very fond memories of this single, so thank you Paul for posting it 🙂


  9. Joey Says:

    Nice, an absolute classic. I didn’t know the details of the songs origin, interesting. On a side note, The Divine Comedy did a nice cover version of this one a few years ago.


  10. Chris Says:

    Keep up The Associates, Paul.
    You’re on a roll.
    Any chance for Heart of Glass, either 12-inch mix?


  11. Mike Says:

    Quite spectacular record, one of the best singles ever. Thanks paul.


  12. NKelly Says:

    Awesome record. Of course Heaven 17 cover this a fair amount in recent years…


  13. Gizmo Says:

    I am loving all the Associates stuff. Bill M. left us too soon. Thanks again for all of your effort!


  14. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Thanks for the run of The Associates 12″ singles. I started checking out some of their material in the past few years. Now I’m getting a chance to hear all those wonderful 12″ singles, and they sound amazing, too. Nice work, Paul!


  15. EW Says:

    Hi Paul, this is amazing. I was hoping you had this particular 12″ – as much for the beautiful scan of the cover as the music! These extended versions are two of my most fond Associates memories.


  16. Disco-D Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks once again for another great rip and great choice.
    This particular mix – an uncredited 5’33” ‘extended mix’ – I believe, is actually the full(er) version of the original 4’52” Mike Hedges album mix.
    Warner Bros also commissioned UK mixer, Mark Arthurworrey to remix PFT for the U.S. release. His version pumps up the bass drum making it more dancey, but loses some of the jangly charm of the original. The 12″ extended mix follow almost the exact same structure of the MA remix. The only difference between the two is the last 20 seconds of music before it goes into the sudden ending (delayed bell synth with Billy MacKenzie singing in the shower). The music – on the 12″ – cuts out one round of Billy’s wailing before it goes into a no-vocal round of the piano riff, then stops. The ‘uncredited 12″ extended mix’ appears on the Music Club CD “Extended 80s Classic Pop 12″ Singles”

    Someone else posted here they noticed a similarity between Party Fears Two and The Mighty Wah’s “The Story Of The Blues”. They were both produced by Mike Hedges.


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