The Affectionate Punch

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The Affectionate Punch
Studio album by The Associates
Released August 1, 1980 (1980-08-01)
Recorded Morgan Studios
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 41:25
Label Fiction
Producer Mike Hedges, Chris Parry
The Associates chronology
The Affectionate Punch
Fourth Drawer Down

The Affectionate Punch is the debut studio album by Scottish post-punk/new wave band The Associates. It was released on 1 August 1980 by record label Fiction.


The Affectionate Punch was released on 1 August 1980. Michael Dempsey and John Murphy featured in promotional shots and the accompanying tour but did not perform on the record.

"The Affectionate Punch" and "Would I... Bounce Back" were released as singles to little commercial success.


The album was remixed and re-released in 1982 by order of The Associates' new record company Warner Bros. Records. The remixed record retained all the old tracks but was given typical '80s production values such as new synthesizers as well as some re-recorded vocals by Billy Mackenzie.[citation needed] Both Mackenzie and Rankine expressed dissatisfaction with the results.[citation needed] For years this was the only version available on CD, as the master tapes for the original had been lost. However, a duplicate was later found and the album was reissued by Virgin Records in 2005.

The remixed versions of "A Matter of Gender" and "A" were also released as singles in 1982.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music favourable[2]
NME very favourable[3]

Upon its release, The Affectionate Punch was praised by Paul Morley of the NME, who called it "a kind of masterpiece".[3]

Contemporary reviews have also been favourable, with BBC Music reviewer Chris Jones writing "Few bands today would dare to be so audacious".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Affectionate Punch"   3.30
2. "Amused As Always"   4.20
3. "Logan Time"   4.12
4. "Paper House"   4.54
5. "Transport to Central"   5.02
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "A Matter of Gender"   4.30
2. "Even Dogs in the Wild"   3.23
3. "Would I... Bounce Back"   3.59
4. "Deeply Concerned"   3.38
5. "A"   3.57

1982 remixed version[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Amused As Always"   4.20
2. "The Affectionate Punch"   4.18
3. "A Matter of Gender"   4.27
4. "Would I... Bounce Back"   3.57
5. "A"   3.49
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Logan Time"   4.13
2. "Paper House"   4.54
3. "Deeply Concerned"   4.03
4. "Even Dogs in the Wild"   3.09
5. "Transport to Central"   4.34


The Associates
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Affectionate Punch – The Associates | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Chris (2003). "BBC – Music – Review of Associates – The Affectionate Punch". BBC Music. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Morley, Paul (16 August 1980). "... But the Thin White Dukes Do". NME. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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