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The Associates – A (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 15th, 2016



“A” was the eighth single released by Scottish new wave band The Associates. The track features backing vocals by Robert Smith of The Cure. Both “A” and “Would I… Bounce Back” were remixed for the 1982 re-issue of the bands debut album The Affectionate Punch.

A (Remix) 3:50
Backing Vocals – Robert Smith

Would I… Bounce Back (Remix) 3:56

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Fiction Records ‎– FICSX 13
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: Oct 1981
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Post-Punk, Synth-pop

Producer – The Associates, Mike Hedges
Written-By – Rankine*, MacKenzie*

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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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15 Responses to “The Associates – A (UK 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Love it. Thanks Paul. Billy’s voice was irreplaceable. No one can ever sound like him.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Omar. I think I have almost posted every Associates single 🙂


  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Wow Paul, not only had I never heard of this track before, but also I didn’t know The Associates had a Robert Smith connection! What an odd pairing, I wonder where they met?

    What a fabulous treat. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I t is interesting I would love to know how their collaboration came about. I will have to do some investigating 🙂


    David Gerard Reply:

    The record company, Fiction. Who turned out not to be a very good record company. There was a recent Alan Rankine interview in Dangerous Minds that tells the story.


  3. Jeff Says:

    So pleased to have another Associates single posted Paul. Great follow up to the Marc Almond single too. And it’s a Mike Hedges production. Great thinking on you part paying homage to a fantastic producer too. I’m so thankful to you for these excellent songs and/or versions. Fantastic!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff 🙂


  4. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    T’anks! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Richard The Big Bunny 🙂


  5. VanceMan Says:

    You’re determined to make this an especially fabulous week, Paul! Everything’s just been spectacular! Thank you so much.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you VanceMan it’s been a fun week so far 🙂


  6. Junior Says:

    Looking forward to hearing this single from The Associates. I don’t think i remember this one.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


  7. Dirk Says:

    Great sleeve again, too, I might add. But somebodies did not think it would be nice to give credits on the sleeves? Or is it that they always made the coversleeves themselves, and I am the only one who missed the memo?


  8. Martin Says:

    This single was my introduction to a life long relationship with The Associates, Alan and Billy. I was completely knocked over, remember playing the b-side 18 times in a row. Still an amazing track!


  9. Ian Says:

    Thanks for this Paul. Nicely replaces the crackly vinyl rip flac that I downloaded from SoulSeek.


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