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1986's INFECTED, the second official The The album, is the sound of main-man Matt Johnson really coming into his own. The record is a combination of the full-on flowering of Johnson's claustrophobic, paranoid loathing, a beat you can dance to, and lyrics that, while disturbing, are never delivered solely for sheer shock value. Collectors should note that a 1987 compilation of eight videos, one for each album track, contains slightly different versions of the songs.
While metal scrapes in the background and a guitar skitters, the narrator of "Out of the Blue (Into the Fire)" attempts to reinforce his own self-worth by engaging in sex with a prostitute. "Sweet Bird of Truth", set to a thudding beat and jittering saxophone, chronicles the last moments of a military transport plane before it crashes. "Slow Train to Dawn" examines a relationship between a man and woman (a duet with Neneh Cherry), who, though unable to communicate, talk endlessly, while a horn section blares the night away. Also of note are the punchy album opener, "Infected", and "Twilight of a Champion", both of which suggest a more commercially conscious version of Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel, while setting their own, subversive course.

1. "Infected" - 4:49
2. "Out of the Blue (Into the Fire)" - 5:10
3. "Heartland" - 5:01
4. "Angels of Deception" - 4:37
5. "Sweet Bird of Truth" - 5:22
6. "Slow Train to Dawn" - 4:14
7. "Twilight of a Champion" - 4:22
8. "The Mercy Beat" - 7:22


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#2
Awesome CD. Had this for years, but still a cracking album.
#3
Fantastic album - I can still hum any of the songs 24 years on.
#4
If you don't have this then buy it NOW!
Then go buy every other The The album (except Hanky Panky).
#5
Then go buy every other The The album
especially Soul Mining, which is another, equally awesome album by The The.
[mod]#6
Super hot
Awesome album and total bargain - Love it
#7
I agree - Matt Johnson was so under-rated, but then again if he had made it big time it would have ruined his music. I agree Soul Mining was probably the best, followed by infected and then Mind Bomb.

I once owned the Infected video on VHS and ended up playing it so much the tape stretched - ahhh the good old days of tapes!

Quality stuff.
#8
Best Album of all time Buy Buy Buy!!!
#9
I so wished (and so long overdue) there were DVD or better still Blu Ray releases of Infected Video & The The vs The World.

As for this, and the other remasters, very good remasters indeed.

Shame Matt Johnson seems to be lying dormant.
#10
Great album.
#11
Cracking album. 'Heartland' is a masterpiece.

Hot!!
1 Like #12
One of the best albums of all time? I'd say so. Total genius and one song eclispes many bands entire careers....
#13
Infected and Soulmining are absolute gems. Hot hot hot!!!
#14
moonloop
One of the best albums of all time? I'd say so. Total genius and one song eclispes many bands entire careers....

was just about to post a similar comment

def one of the best albums EVER :)
1 Like #15
cicobuff
I so wished (and so long overdue) there were DVD or better still Blu Ray releases of Infected Video & The The vs The World.

As for this, and the other remasters, very good remasters indeed.

Shame Matt Johnson seems to be lying dormant.


when infected, soul mining, mindbomb and dusk were rereleased in the remastered boxset (that this version of infected was part of - the remaster specifically not including the bonus 12" versions as matt wanted the album to be as he intended, not extended by sony), there was talk of a second boxset with a bunch of the unreleased albums like pornography of despair, plus a dvd boxset that would include the official vhs releases and some unreleased stuff, but presumably it didn't happen as the sales weren't what sony expected

matt left sony as they wouldn't release gun sluts, and released nakedself on an indie label and found things weren't any better on the other side, and when he heard sony were going to remaster his albums he thought he would get involved in a chance to have them done to his liking, instead of butchering them. so perfect was removed from the end of soul mining as it was a single that wasn't part of the album, but it was stuck on the end of the cd and tape (with 6 bonus b sides etc stuck on the tape, mostly pornography of despair tracks in different versions). it was one of the only remaster box sets that has less tracks that the original release. at least there was the 45rpm compilation that had an excellent second disc of 12" versions, but it would have been nice to have a bonus disc with the other soul mining bonus tracks

btw hanky panky isn't a bad album, if you listen to it after dusk (my fave) it sounds very similar
#16
Matt Johnson with Thethe was ace, but I never did on with his solo stuff, still got the LP of Burningbluesoul (?) kicking around somewhere, a little unloved.
#17
Timeless
#18
Excellent. Have this on vinyl and VHS. Sing it now: This is the 51st sta-ay-ay-ate of the U-oo-oo-oo-S-A-ay ...
#19
I paid £17 for this (mid 90's) after I lost my original version.

A truly great Album.
#20
Yeh great album,an all time classic the memorys come flooding back,can you get the dvd of the videos they were great to,if i remember correctly he filmed some of them in bolivia
#21
"24 years!" This timeless 'The The' album (and others) could live with almost anything produced today.

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