The Associates were a post-punk/new wave band which formed in 1977 in dundee, Scotland. They initially consisted ofBillyMacKenzie (vocals), Alan Rankine (guitar, keyboards) and later, Michael Dempsey (bass), formerly of The Cure. After RankineandDempsey's departures in 1982, the band featured a fluctuating lineup revolving around MacKenzie. Their best known singleis1982's "Party Fears Two". The band split in 1990, but Billy and Alan reunited briefly in 1993. They did not play any moreconcertsbut made some recordings which were released on the double CD "Double Hipness".