The Associates - Sulk (40th Anniversary Edition) - (1LP/3CD 40th Anniversary Deluxe Boxset)

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The Associates - Sulk (40th Anniversary Edition) - (1LP/3CD Deluxe Boxset)

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 popcraft and dark, surreal cabaret stylings. Upon its release, the album was voted the album of the year by Melody Maker.

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

This limited edition 40th Anniversary Bookpack celebrates Sulk with the original album remastered on 140g Blue Vinyl and 3CDs featuring the original album, out-takes, monitor mixes, rarities, Peel sessions plus a previously unheard live show from Gigant in the Netherlands from 1981.

The 12” Bookpack also features exclusive sleevenotes from journalist Simon Reynolds with interviews from Alan Rankine, Michael Dempsey, Mike Hedges & Martha Ludley plus previously unseen photography by Derek Reid, Tom Sheehan & Eveline Dröge.



  • 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)


  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

Format: Limited Edition 12” Book Pack 1LP 140g Blue Vinyl + 3CDs + 16pp Booklet
Barcode: 4050538713824
Catalogue Number: ASCBOOK1
Label: BMG
Release Date: Friday, 15th July 2022

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