The Affectionate Punch

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The Affectionate Punch
The Associates - The Affectionate Punch.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 August 1980 (1980-08-01)
StudioMorgan Studios, London
The Associates chronology
The Affectionate Punch
Fourth Drawer Down
Singles from The Affectionate Punch
  1. "The Affectionate Punch"
    Released: 1980
  2. "A"
    Released: 1981

The Affectionate Punch is the debut studio album by Scottish 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.[4] Alan Rankine recalls that the whole album was recorded with only himself, Billy and a session drummer: "it was great fun. We just never stopped and the ideas just came and came and came."[5]

"The Affectionate Punch" and "A" were released as singles to little commercial success.

The cover of the LP features Alan Rankine (in the starting position) and Billy Mackenzie (standing) on the running track of Wormwood Scrubs Prison.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
Record Collector4/5 stars[8]

Upon its release, The Affectionate Punch was declared “a kind of masterpiece" by Paul Morley of the NME, who described it as “a passionate cabaret soul music, a fulfillment of the European white dance music Bowie was flirting with back then.”[3]

Contemporary reviews have also been favourable, with BBC Music reviewer Chris Jones writing, "Few bands today would dare to be so audacious".[10]


The Affectionate Punch
The Affectionate Punch 1982 remix.jpeg
Studio album by
The Associates
Released1982 (1982)
  • 1980
  • 1982
  • Mark Arthurworry
  • The Associates
The Associates chronology
The Affectionate Punch
Singles from The Affectionate Punch
  1. "A Matter of Gender"
    Released: 1982

The album was remixed and re-released in 1982 by order of The Associates' new record company Warner Bros. 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[citation needed] and the album was reissued by Virgin in 2005.

The remixed version of "A Matter of Gender" was released as a single in 1982.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
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
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
1982 remixed version
Side A
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
Side B
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. ^ Goddard, Simon (6 September 2012). Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths. p. 235. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira (1983). The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records. p. 12. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Morley, Paul (16 August 1980). "... But the Thin White Dukes Do". NME. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Doyle, Tom (2011). The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy Mackenzie. Edinburg: Polygon.
  5. ^ "The Glamour Chase". Youtube. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  6. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Affectionate Punch – The Associates". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  7. ^ Quantick, David (July 2016). "Track Records". Q. No. 360. pp. 116–17.
  8. ^ Waring, Charles (June 2016). "The Associates – The Affectionate Punch, Fourth Drawer Down, Sulk". Record Collector. No. 454. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  9. ^ McKay, Alastair (June 2016). "The Associates: The Affectionate Punch / Fourth Drawer Down / Sulk". Uncut. No. 229. pp. 85–87.
  10. ^ Jones, Chris (2003). "BBC – Music – Review of Associates – The Affectionate Punch". BBC Music. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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