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The The - 45 RPM The Singles Of The The only £4.99 @ Play.com Delivered + Quidco
The The - 45 RPM The Singles Of The The only £4.99 @ Play.com Delivered + Quidco

The The - 45 RPM The Singles Of The The only £4.99 @ Play.com Delivered + Quidco

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The The wasn't so much a band as a personal musical conceit/alter ego, this one for English writer-performer Matt Johnson. While Johnson's "band" came of age during the English synth pop boom of the early 80s, electricity was about the only common denominator between Johnson and his fashion slave contemporaries. Indeed, the sense of conscientious outrage that informs many of the two decades worth of singles collected here fostered a perception of Johnson as something of a prickly malcontent. But fashion was never an end in itself for Johnson, even on early pop fare like "Uncertain Smile" and "Perfect." Johnson's restless creative bent has led him to remix many of these tracks anew, ensuring that this set would never be seen as mere artistic obituary. Johnson's reputation as a socio-political crank reached its zenith on tracks like "Heartland" (which decries the reverse cultural colonization of Britain by America) and "Armageddon Days" (a shotgun blast at pan-religious hypocrisy, here introduced by a hilarious parody of the Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz": "Are you ready Jesus? Yeah! / Budda? Uh-huh."), but subsequent history has only proven him sagacious. Pity that Johnson's "Armageddon" lineup was short-lived: The The was a real band in 89, with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr adding his signature sound to "The Beat(en) Generation" as well. And if anyone thought they had Johnson pegged, his acclaimed 1995 Hank Williams tribute, Hanky Panky (represented here by a riveting reinvention of the country legend's "I Saw the Light"), surely set them scratching their heads again. The set is rounded out by three strong new tracks ("Decembersunlight (Cried Out)," a duet with Liz Horsman; "Pillar Box Red"; and "Deep Down Truth," a duet with Wild Colonial Angela McCluskey).

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Track Listing :

Uncertain Smile
Perfect
Sweet Bird Of Truth
Infected
Heartland
Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)
The Beat(en) Generation
Dogs Of Lust
Slow Emotion Replay
Love Is Stronger Than Death
This Is The Day
I Saw The Light
December Sunlight
Pillar Box Red
The Deep Down Truth


All tracks 24 bit digitally remastered. £4.98 on import at Amazon.co.uk, getting hard to find now.

I loved the the back in the day

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think;4411882

I loved the the back in the day



Very much overlooked, such a great cult band, and musically forward thinking unlike a lot of 80s bands.

superb band, good cross section of songs

cicobuff;4411891

Very much overlooked, such a great cult band, and musically forward … Very much overlooked, such a great cult band, and musically forward thinking unlike a lot of 80s bands.



I agree... I voted hot... If you haven't heard before then I recommend you buy this and broaden your musical experience

Should be called Most of the Singles really... where's Controversial Subject?

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think;4411919

I agree... I voted hot... If you haven't heard before then I recommend … I agree... I voted hot... If you haven't heard before then I recommend you buy this and broaden your musical experience



Cheers

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Dear Mr Echo;4411924

Should be called Most of the Singles really... where's Controversial … Should be called Most of the Singles really... where's Controversial Subject?



Or "Cold Spell Ahead"

Jools Holland's cameo in Uncertain Smile is probably the greatest bit of piano playing ever.

mod

You deserve much heat and rep purely for finding this.

I mean, go on, type "The The" into google. See you a few months.

I'm tempted. Most of my The The has gone on a long holiday somewhere.

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andywedge;4411951

You deserve much heat and rep purely for finding this.I mean, go on, type … You deserve much heat and rep purely for finding this.I mean, go on, type "The The" into google. See you a few months.I'm tempted. Most of my The The has gone on a long holiday somewhere.



All of their back catalogue of Albums are remastered and less than a fiver on Amazon (remaster of Mind Bomb particularly being amazing), however I think this was only available on import and increasingly getting hard to find, I managed to get the Limited 2 CD edition whilst in the US from Borders or Barnes & Noble cant remember which for $9.99 which was a steal.

Consequently, Play have got the image up for the 2 CD edition, but the track listing for the single CD of which I presume is what you would get if you ordered.

Hint : The way to find a lot of The The artist listings is to type "TheThe"

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Trickyjabs;4411950

Jools Holland's cameo in Uncertain Smile is probably the greatest bit of … Jools Holland's cameo in Uncertain Smile is probably the greatest bit of piano playing ever.



It is, but not in the original mix that is on this CD, that only later appeared on the "Soul Mining" album, so this different mix is interesting.

thethe.com/ - official website

great stuff, the limited 2 disc vesion was fantastic as it had a load of original 12"s on it, including some of the very rare ones that cost me over £20 each in the early 90s. some of the single versions of tracks from soul mining were rerecorded for the album, so both 7", 12" and album versions are different

there was one box set released of the main official albums, but the other box set of the unreleased albums like gun sluts, pornography of despair, etc didn't get released, and neither did the dvd boxset of the official released vhs videos plus other video material

whilst matt fell out with sony, when he heard they were going to reissue his albums he co-operated with them so the fans would at least have a decent release

Ahh Magaluf in 1989!!! what a memory (or lack of them to be honest!!!!) hot

thethe.com/sec…tml
you can check out the songs here

December Sunlight sounds good as a new song

Another of my favourite bands. Infected, Mind Bomb, Dusk and Naked Self are my favourite albums. Solitude (quite rare) is also worth seeking out but, even as a big fan, I'd have to say that Hanky Panky is a bit of a duff album.

45rpm is a good collection with a couple of new songs.

Heat + Rep added, obviously.

supergoose;4414801

...Solitude (quite rare) is also worth seeking out...



Hah - forgot I had that one. I was a massive fan back in the mid 80's - still got all the stuff on the original cassettes - it was about all I listened to.

And I thought I was the only fan (well, I was in my school...)

/wipes tear from eye and heads over to quidco...

Trickyjabs;4411950

Jools Holland's cameo in Uncertain Smile is probably the greatest bit of … Jools Holland's cameo in Uncertain Smile is probably the greatest bit of piano playing ever.



I totally agree. Jools Holland played ace on that track.

Also if anybody can remember Sinead O'Connor joined Matt Johnson on "Kingdom of Rain" - terrific stuff!

I have all the original CD's - I had to wait ages for Soul Mining to be re-issued on CD.

Class act for the Casual Age. Also, wasn't Soulmining considered to be the first "E" alb:whistling:um?

Matt Johnson is one of my all time heroes. Fantastic songs full of angst and heartache, vitriol and venom.
What about Neneh Cherry on Slow train to dawn?

HEAT>>>>>>>>>>Lots of.

Great find, and a chance to reminise...Heartland was a great 12" single at a time when there were some fab 12" discs around - I have loads sat gathering dusk in the attic..which is a real shame. The The, along with other terific bands of the 80's (16 Tambourines, The Senators and Love and Money to name a few) never received the true acolades their music richly deserved.

beecee -wishing he was back in the 80's!!

beecee;4426196

Great find, and a chance to reminise...Heartland was a great 12" single … Great find, and a chance to reminise...Heartland was a great 12" single at a time when there were some fab 12" discs around - I have loads sat gathering dusk in the attic..which is a real shame. The The, along with other terific bands of the 80's (16 Tambourines, The Senators and [SIZE="5"]Love and Money[/SIZE] to name a few) never received the true acolades their music richly deserved.beecee -wishing he was back in the 80's!!



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