Associates* ‎– The Affectionate Punch

Fiction Records ‎– SPELP 33, Fiction Records ‎– 2383 585
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Alternative Mixes


A1 Amused As Always 4:14
A2 The Affectionate Punch 3:28
A3 A Matter Of Gender 4:27
A4 Would I... Bounce Back? 3:54
A5 A 3:50
B1 Logan Time 4:12
B2 Paper House 4:48
B3 Deeply Concerned 3:39
B4 Even Dogs In The Wild 3:24
B5 Transport To Central 5:02

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Back sleeve artwork is upside-down and lists the tracks in the correct order but on the wrong sides and states:
"Original Recordings made at Morgan Studios, London, 1980".
"Re-recordings and Remixing made at Basing Street Studios, London and Odyssey Studios, London, 1982".
Labels state: "Original sound recordings made by Fiction Records".
The record is housed in a generic white paper inner sleeve.

Version notes:
Track A1 features an early fade-out.
Tracks A1, A4 and B1 are The Affectionate Punch remixed versions.
Track A2 has a fade-in, visible in the first 2 mm of grooves on the vinyl (the original mix does not fade in due to shorter piano intro) but else is the original version from The Affectionate Punch.
Tracks A3 and B2 to B5 are the original versions from The Affectionate Punch.
Track A4 omits the chattering noise at the end.
Track A5 is the Associates* - A single remix.

Tracks A1 to A5, B2 to B5 are published by APB Music Co. Ltd.
Track B1 is published by Sparta Florida Music Group Ltd.

The photo session was taken at George Hotel, Edinburgh.
Durations are not listed on the release.

N.B: Not all pressings of this mid-price reissue (SPELP 33) compile original and remix versions - there appear to be matrix-specific differences (as all versions should be the 1982 album remixes).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): SPELP 33 A/4 F̶1̶A̶0̶ A//4 ▽ 420 H ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): SPELP 33 B/4 F̶2̶A̶0̶ A//4 ▽ 420 H ARUN

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2383 585 The Associates The Affectionate Punch(LP, Album) Fiction Records 2383 585 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2383 585 The Associates The Affectionate Punch(LP) Polydor 2383 585 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
BMGCAT2CD70A The Associates The Affectionate Punch(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM + Promo) BMG BMGCAT2CD70A UK 2016 Sell This Version
2383 585 Associates* The Affectionate Punch(LP, Album, M/Print) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 585 France 1980 Sell This Version
SPELP 33, 2383 585 Associates* The Affectionate Punch(LP, Album, RE, Rem) Fiction Records, Fiction Records SPELP 33, 2383 585 UK 1983 Sell This Version


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January 19, 2017
Having bought 2 copies without option to test-play I have yet to find one that plays the mixed remix/original tracks. "Amused as Always" and "Affectionate Punch" transition is the place to check. Visually the fade-in of the remixed version of Punch can be seen by approx. 2mm of 'darker' (ie shallower) grooves, before the track starts in earnest. Both my copies had matrix very similar, if not identical, to that listed above, although the scratching out of FIXD5 elements makes it quite difficult to be 100% sure. Play-testing is the safest option if you want this version - I did miss out on one the seller checked for me, where the title track started with abrupt harsh keyboard stabs, but most have the lush synthesiser fade-in from FIXD5 pressing. Be warned!


November 12, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

The review used to state "This is the version to have (1982)", and after a bit of complaint (not by me, though I was tempted) it was changed to "Get both versions". Bull. Only on a couple of songs do the additional keyboards not sound like pointless crap add-ons, and much of the time Billy just sings like a caricature of himself, not really improving on the understated yet complete quality of the original 1980 version. This was going on as they rehearsed (sans Billy) with a nine-piece band in advance of the Sulk tour that Billy backed out of, and given all that went on at the exact same time this shouldn't have even been attempted--according to Alan Rankine it was mainly a financial motivation; that, plus they had wanted to use better keyboards during the original recording and additionally felt Fiction Records hadn't given the album enough promotion. Billy was, according to Rankine, "singing shite over the top" during the few rehearsals he actually showed up for, and that's the best way of describing this partial re-do of something that never needed it in the first place. The first stilted thing he'd done, and maybe the last. Even the indifferent songwriting and iffy production of the 1986-1993 period didn't mask great vocals; on the re-recording of The Affectionate Punch, the vocals and production are unfortunately perfect for one another--perfectly unacceptable.