Rankine left the group after the successful 1982 album "Sulk", but Mackenzie continued to play and record, either as The Associates or as a solo artist, till 1997 when he committed suicide - in January to be more precise (I will post his solo discography soon!).
Here's some of the artists wich take part with The Associates throughout the years:
- Billy Mackenzie - Vocals
- Alan Rankine - Guitars, Keyboards and Other Instruments (1977-1982, 1993 for reunion)
- Michael Dempsey - Bass guitar, formerly of The Cure (1980-1982)
- John Murphy - Drums, later of SPK and Death In June, (1980-81)
- Steve Goulding - Drums, formerly of Graham Parker & the Rumour and later of the Mekons, He also played drums for The Cure on their single "Let's Go to Bed" (1982-1983)
- Howard Hughes was a longtime friend of Billy Mackenzie and played keyboards live and on his later albums Perhaps, The Glamour Chase and Wild And Lonely.
- Steve Reid was a longtime friend of Billy Mackenzie and played guitar on Perhaps.
- Roberto Soave - Bass (1983-1985) after departure of Michael Dempsey who also played bass with Shelleyan Orphan on their album "Humroot" and live for The Cure while Simon Gallup was ill; later played in the bands Presence and Babacar
- Moritz Von Oswald - Drums (1985 onwards), Percussion (On Wild and Lonely), Also composed on Outernational.
- Anne Dudley of Art of Noise - strings on Wild and Lonely.
- Martha Ladly - Keyboards and Vocals on Sulk, previously with Martha and the Muffins.
- Robert Smith - Backing vocals on 'The Affectionate Punch', the lead singer of The Cure who were also signed to Fiction at the time.
- Jim Russell- Drums (1984)
- Ian McIntosh - Guitars (Live and Radio Sessions only apart from Those First Impressions), after Alan Rankine left, (1982-1985)
- Martin Lowe - Guitars (Live), (1982)
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