Alongside five great songs, including three by The Associates on ‘Fourth Drawer Down’ and three from hit album ‘Sulk’. in this program Neil Saint talks with musician Alan Rankine about those early releases as momentum builds as well as the their time of peak success leading to it somewhat falling apart as Billy Mackenzie simply refuses to tour! Neil asks “What was The Associates objective with their first album ‘The Affectionate Punch’? Signed to Fiction Records, what was their relationship like with label mates ‘The Cure’? Why was The Associates working pattern during the making of those six singles, which later became ‘Fourth Drawer Down’ so unusual ? How do The Associates experiment during recordings? Why did things fall apart after the phenomenal success of the album ‘Sulk’?