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Born in Dundee, Billy Mackenzie formed the legendary band The Associates with Alan Rankine in 1979. Their biggest hits included "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country". Post Rankine’s departure from the band in ’82, Mackenzie continued working under the same name until the 1990s when he began to use his own name. His debut album ‘Outernational’ was released in 1992. Struggling with depression and the death of his mother, Mackenzie sadly took his own life on the 22nd January 1997.  

The album 'Beyond The Sun' was released by Nude Records a few months after his death in January 1997 and includes some of his most melancholic material (much of it co-written with Steve Aungle) perhaps illustrated best by the track "Winter Academy" (from 'Beyond The Sun'). Four albums in total were released posthumously, showcasing Billy's influence to constantly push boundaries and produce beautifully crafted, heartfelt music. The last of these albums ‘Transmission Impossible’ was released in 2005. In June 2009, a play was staged in Dundee about Mackenzie’s life. We are extremely proud to represent Billy's music and have him part of the Domino Publishing family.