Sept. 5, 2020

S3E131 - The Associates - "Fourth Drawer Down" with Tom Smith

S3E131 - The Associates -

Associates – Fourth Drawer Down
Returning guest, …

Associates – Fourth Drawer Down Returning guest, composer/producer/singer Tom Smith (To Live and Shave In L.A., Peach of Immortality) brings in a band that managed to escape both Rob & Barry’s radar, the darkly expansive and criminally overlooked (at least in the US) Scottish post-punk-pop band Associates. This amazing collection of singles released in 1980/81 defies categorization – but Berlin-era Bowie and mid-70s Roxy Music is a fair comparison. Main men Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine combine fiercely intelligent lyrics and cinematic soundscapes to create desolately beautiful tales of dreams, nightmares and urban paranoia.

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Tom Smith

Founder of the long-running noise collective "To Live And Shave In L.A." (as well as Washington, DC groups "Peach of Immortality" and "Pussy Galore"), avant-garde composer, producer and performer Tom Smith sadly passed Jan 20th, 2022 in Hannover, Germany. His particular brand of genre-less chaos - as well as his biting sense of humor and passion for great art/music - will be missed.