Alan Rankine (born 17 May 1958, Edinburgh, Scotland) played keyboards, and guitars, for the rock band known as The Associates, which he co-founded with Billy Mackenzie in the late 1970s.
Together they recorded three albums: The Affectionate Punch (1980), Fourth Drawer Down (1981) and Sulk (1982). The alchemy between Rankine's multi-instrument talents and MacKenzie's multi-octave voice (and cryptic lyrics) resulted in a collection of songs which remain unclassifiable even today. Rankine left the band in 1982 on the eve of what would have been the Sulk tour.
While Mackenzie continued with other associates, Rankine started a solo career as a recording artist. He recorded three solo albums: Pink Pound (1986), She Loves Me Not (1987) and the fully instrumental The Big Picture Sucks (1989).
Then he became a record producer, producing such artists as The Pale Fountains, Cocteau Twins and Paul Haig, before joining the Belgian independent record label, Les Disques du Crepuscule, as a permanent producer and relocating to Brussels.
Rankine eventually came back to Scotland, and he now works in Stow College in Glasgow.
Alan Rankine - The Sandman
Alan Rankine - Rumours Of War
Alan Rankine - Rue Traversiere
Alan Rankine - Sunny Lee