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The The is an English musical and multimedia group with singer/songwriter Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. The group has no permanent group line-up, and Johnson has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, changing personnel from project to project.
The The began recording in 1979/1980 and released their first single “Controversial Subject” in 1980. The first album release came in 1983, the critically acclaimed “Soul Mining", which featured guest appearances from Orange Juice (3) drummer Zeke Manyika, Jools Holland, Thomas Leer and J.G. Thirlwell.
Johnson followed with a new album entitled “Infected” in 1986, recording again with Zeke Manyika, plus singer Neneh Cherry, and a number of session musicians. Four singles were released from the album, with "Heartland" being the most successful, reaching 29 in the UK Chart. The album was accompanied by a full length video “Infected: The Movie” which was shot on location in Bolivia, Peru and New York. Johnson toured the world extensively with the movie.
In 1988, Johnson re-formed The The as a four piece band, having recruited ex-The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist James Eller and former ABC drummer David Palmer as full time band members. This line-up recorded the album “Mind Bomb”, which debuted at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart and featured the band's highest charting single to that time, "The Beat(en) Generation" hitting 18 in the UK chart.
In 1989 keyboard player D.C. Collard was added to the line-up and the band embarked on a lengthy world tour in 1989–90 called “The The Versus The World”, culminating in three sold out gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall at the end of the tour.
In 1990 the studio EP “Shades of Blue” was released.
In 1993, the five-piece line-up (Johnson/Marr/Collard/Eller/Palmer) recorded The The’s fourth album “Dusk”, which debuted at No. 2 in the UK. Another world tour followed, the “Lonely Planet” tour. Johnson relocated the band to America, at which point the band's line-up was reshuffled; Marr and Eller left, and were replaced by guitarist Keith Joyner and bassist Jared Michael Nickerson. Harmonica player Jim Fitting (formerly of Treat Her Right) joined the band in early 1993. Palmer left the band partway through the tour and was replaced by ex-Stabbing Westward drummer Andy Kubiszewski. The reshuffled band headlined the main stage at the 1993 Reading Festival.
Johnson then permanently relocated to New York, and The The's next project was 1995's “Hanky Panky”, an album that consisted entirely of Hank Williams cover versions. “Hanky Panky” was recorded by a new The The group, this time consisting of Johnson, Collard, Fitting, guitarist Eric Schermerhorn, bass guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey, and drummer Brian MacLeod. Their cover version of "I Saw The Light" hit No. 31 in the UK chart.
In 2000, The The, now consisting of Johnson, Schermerhorn, bassist Spencer Campbell and drummer Earl Harvin, released its sixth album “NakedSelf” and embarked on yet another lengthy world tour, “The Naked Tour”, lasting 14 months. “NakedSelf” remains The The's final released studio album to date.
Since 2003 the reclusive Johnson has kept well away from the public eye and has concentrated primarily on soundtrack work, scoring numerous documentaries, films and art installations.
In April 2014 The The announced that on June 30th 2014 a re-mastered, re-packaged version of "Soul Mining" would be released to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of its original release.
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EPC 25525 Soul Mining — The The The The Soul Mining (Album) Epic, Some Bizzare EPC 25525 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
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EPC 26770 Infected — The The The The Infected (Album) Epic, Some Bizzare EPC 26770 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
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QY・8P-90052 Alive - Interview And Live Music — The The The The Alive - Interview And Live Music Epic QY・8P-90052 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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none Mind Bomb — The The The The Mind Bomb (Album) Epic, Some Bizzare none UK 1989 Sell This Version
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CN 5504/S In Concert-481 — The The Tanita Tikaram / The The Tanita Tikaram / The The - In Concert-481(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5504/S UK 1990 Sell This Version
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EAT 4847 Dawn Vs. Dusk - A The The Sampler — The The The The Dawn Vs. Dusk - A The The Sampler(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Epic EAT 4847 US 1992 Sell This Version
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TCD 0602 In Concert - 573 — The The The The In Concert - 573(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0602 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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ESK 5300 Live In New York - (Yeah, It's A Bootleg) — The The The The Live In New York - (Yeah, It's A Bootleg) Epic, Epic ESK 5300 US 1993 Sell This Version
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COCY-75617 Burning Blue Soul — The The The The Burning Blue Soul (Album) 4AD COCY-75617 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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none Dusk — The The The The Dusk (Album, MiniAlbum) Epic none US 1992 Sell This Version
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93-24 In Concert - New Rock — The The Dada (4) / The The Dada (4) / The The - In Concert - New Rock(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 93-24 US 1993 Sell This Version
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none Hanky Panky — The The The The Hanky Panky (Album, Single) Epic none UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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95-11 On The Edge — The The The The / Belly The The / Belly - On The Edge(CDr, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks 95-11 US 1995 Sell This Version
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none NakedSelf — The The The The NakedSelf (Album) Nothing Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
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none Tony (A Soundtrack By The The) — The The The The Tony (A Soundtrack By The The) (Album) Lazarus none Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
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Cineola 2 Moonbug (A Soundtrack By The The) — The The The The Moonbug (A Soundtrack By The The) (Album) Lazarus Cineola 2 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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none The Ghost of Garden’s Past (Radio-Cinéola 2014) — The The The The The Ghost of Garden’s Past (Radio-Cinéola 2014)(File, MP3, 320) Lazarus none 2014
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none Midday To Midnight Part 1 (Radio-Cinéola 7 May 2015) — The The The The Midday To Midnight Part 1 (Radio-Cinéola 7 May 2015) Lazarus none 2015
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none Hyena (A Soundtrack By The The) — The The The The Hyena (A Soundtrack By The The) (Album) Lazarus none Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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none Soul Food (Radio-Cinéola 2015) — The The The The Soul Food (Radio-Cinéola 2015)(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Lazarus none 2015
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CINEOLA102 Radio Cinéola Trilogy — The The The The Radio Cinéola Trilogy (Album) Lazarus CINEOLA102 2017 Sell This Version
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CINECASS1 See Without Being Seen — The The The The See Without Being Seen (Album) Cinéola CINECASS1 UK 2019 Sell This Version
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Cineola 7 Muscle (A Soundtrack By The The) — The The The The Muscle (A Soundtrack By The The)(CD, Album, Dlx) Lazarus Cineola 7 UK 2020 Sell This Version
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0213947EMU The Comeback Special (Live At The Royal Albert Hall) — The The The The The Comeback Special (Live At The Royal Albert Hall) (Album) Cinéola, Ear Music 0213947EMU Germany 2021 Sell This Version
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none Official Bootleg - Volume 003 — The The The The Official Bootleg - Volume 003(CDr) Cinéola none UK 2021 Sell This Version

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dcrawley

dcrawley

May 20, 2020
Anyone hear anything about a Dusk reissue on vinyl? I love that album and would love to have it on vinyl.
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kaseryn

kaseryn

April 20, 2020
For all those asking about PoD and rarities, our prayers have been answered!

https://www.thethe.com/product/see-without-being-seen-cd/?mc_cid=b5146ca00d&mc_eid=3d3d71e7ad
guttee929

guttee929

October 20, 2018
Anyone know if the early rarities CD is genuine release or bootleg as its not shown on here. Thanks
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Andrew_Lawson

Andrew_Lawson

September 30, 2018
Has anyone been able to locate a copy of "The Pornography of Despair"?
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Viking_Scars

Viking_Scars

September 29, 2018
Most underrated band in the World and also my favorite band. Discovered them with the Soul Mining album and I still listen all of their stuff decades later.
ian.bunnyman

ian.bunnyman

September 23, 2017
As most bands seem content to throw a box set together that just features a remaster of an album recorded in perfect conditions with a "bonus" live disc SURELY the world needs a The The box with unreleased albums/unrealised projects / b-sides etc. Or failing that a brand new album?
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rorymc99

rorymc99

May 31, 2017
One of the best artists of all time. Only problem is that some of MJ's best work is unreleased or really hard to find/unavailable on CD. Spirits, Pornography of Despair and all those early b-sides. Amongst DVDs/Blu-ray of Infected and Versus the World, it would be amazing to see those unreleased gems out finally. For now we'll just have to live with the fantastic tracks we have already!
PauloTex

PauloTex

May 25, 2017
One of my favorits bands Ever! "Bluer than midnight": save me, save me!!!!! (Dusk) :-)
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notec

notec

April 8, 2016
without a doubt one of the worst bands ever - what with the name and of course the so called muzac....
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Reacher

Reacher

August 27, 2015
Namaska The The

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