The Associates were a post-punk/new wave band which formed in 1977 in dundee, Scotland. They initially consisted of Billy
MacKenzie (vocals), Alan Rankine (guitar, keyboards) and later, Michael Dempsey (bass), formerly of The Cure. After Rankine and
Dempsey's departures in 1982, the band featured a fluctuating lineup revolving around MacKenzie. Their best known single is
1982's "Party Fears Two". The band split in 1990, but Billy and Alan reunited briefly in 1993. They did not play any more concerts
but made some recordings which were released on the double CD "Double Hipness".