Fourth Drawer Down

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Fourth Drawer Down
Compilation album by The Associates
Released October 1981
Genre Post-punk
Label Situation Two (original release)
Beggars Banquet Records (1982 reissue)
V2 Records (2000 reissue)
Producer Mike Hedges, Flood
The Associates chronology
The Affectionate Punch
Fourth Drawer Down
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Fourth Drawer Down is the second album by Scottish Post-Punk/New Wave group Associates released in 1981. It is a singles and b-sides compilation from all 6 singles they released that year on Situation Two records. The album was reissued with 5 bonus tracks in 2000 by V2 Records.

Development and Style[edit]

Alan Rankine and Billy Mackenzie recorded 6 singles for Beggars Banquet imprint Situation 2 in 1981 at Playground Studios. These recordings would prove to be the most outworldly and avant-garde of the band's career. The angular production of The Affectionate Punch had been dropped in favour of vast dark electronic soundscapes. Everything from a typewriter as a back beat to coughs and sonar pings were used for musical effect. Mackenzie sung through a vacuum cleaner hose for the song "Kitchen Person" to obtain an intense compressed sound. Various drugs were consumed in the frenzied sessions which ended up in Rankine and Mackenzie's hospitalisation after accidentally snorting 5 grams of methamphetamine during the recording of the b-side "Straw Towels".


All songs written and composed by Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine

No. Title Length
1. "White Car in Germany"   5.28
2. "A Girl Named Property"   4.56
3. "Kitchen Person"   4.53
4. "Q Quarters"   4.55
5. "Tell Me Easter's on Friday"   4.29
6. "The Associate"   5.00
7. "Message Oblique Speech"   5.35
8. "An Even Whiter Car"   4.45
These tracks appeared on the 2000 CD reissue
No. Title Length
9. "Fearless (It Takes a Full Moon)"   3.37
10. "Point Si"   5.15
11. "Straw Towels"   5.16
12. "Kissed"   6.11
13. "Blue Soap"   3.52


The Associates:

Other Personnel:

  • Mike Hedges - Producer, Engineer
  • Flood - Producer
  • Antoine Giacomoni - Sleeve Photography


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. The Associates: Fourth Drawer Down > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2011.