Fourth Drawer Down

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Fourth Drawer Down
Fourth Drawer Down cover.jpg
Compilation album by Associates
Released October 1981
Label Situation Two
Associates chronology
The Affectionate Punch
Fourth Drawer Down

Fourth Drawer Down is a compilation album by Scottish new wave act Associates, released in October 1981 by record label Situation Two. It compiles the A- and B-sides from the six singles the band released that year on the label.


Fourth Drawer Down was released in October 1981.

The album was re-issued in 2000 by V2 Records, containing five bonus tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
NME favourable[4]
Trouser Press generally favourable[5]

Fourth Drawer Down has been well received by critics, with reviewers commenting on the band's increased experimentalism.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine, except "The Associate", written by Mackenzie, Rankine and Michael Dempsey.

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


The Associates
Other personnel


  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2 April 2009). Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984. Faber & Faber. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira (1983). The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records. p. 12. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Fourth Drawer Down – The Associates | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Cook, Richard. "Unlimited Company". NME. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Green, Jim; Aswad, Jem. " :: Associates". Retrieved 31 July 2016. 

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