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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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The The Soul Mining (Album) Epic, Some Bizzare Japan 1983 Sell This Version
The The Infected (Album) Epic, Some Bizzare Canada 1986 Sell This Version
The The Mind Bomb (Album) Epic, Epic Europe 1989 Sell This Version
The The Alive - Interview And Live Music (Album) Epic Japan 1989 Sell This Version
CN 5504/S Tanita Tikaram / The The Tanita Tikaram / The The - In Concert-481(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5504/S UK 1990 Sell This Version
EAT 4847 The The Dawn Vs. Dusk - A The The Sampler(Cass, Smplr, Promo) Epic EAT 4847 US 1992 Sell This Version
The The Burning Blue Soul (Album) 4AD Japan 1993 Sell This Version
The The Dusk (Album, MiniAlbum) Epic US 1992 Sell This Version
The The Hanky Panky (Album, Single) Epic UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
The The NakedSelf (Album) Nothing Records US 1999 Sell This Version
The The Tony (A Soundtrack By The The) (Album) Lazarus Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
Cineola 2 The The Moonbug (A Soundtrack By The The)(CD, Album, Dlx) Lazarus Cineola 2 UK 2012 Sell This Version
The The Hyena (A Soundtrack By The The) (Album) Lazarus Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AD 10 The The Controversial Subject(7", Single) 4AD AD 10 UK 1980 Sell This Version
The The Cold Spell Ahead (Single) Some Bizzare UK 1981 Sell This Version
The The Uncertain Smile (Single, Maxi) Some Bizzare, Epic Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
The The This Is The Day (Single, Maxi) Epic, Epic UK 1983 Sell This Version
The The Perfect (Single, Maxi) Epic, Epic New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
none The The / The Sines The The / The Sines - Dumb As Death's Head / Johnathon(Flexi, 7") Melody Maker none UK 1983 Sell This Version
JC 15084 Neil Young / The The Neil Young / The The - Little Thing Called Love / Uncertain Smile(7", Jukebox) Geffen Records, Epic JC 15084 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
The The Flesh And Bones Some Bizzare UK 1985 Sell This Version
The The Infected (Single, Maxi) Epic, Epic, Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare UK 1986 Sell This Version
The The Heartland (Single, Maxi) Epic Italy 1986 Sell This Version
The The Sweet Bird Of Truth (Single, Maxi) Epic, Some Bizzare UK 1986 Sell This Version
The The Slow Train To Dawn (Single, Maxi) Epic, Some Bizzare Europe 1986 Sell This Version

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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!


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


October 23, 2016
One of my all-time favorite bands. Matt Johnson says the things that a lot of musicians won't touch with a ten foot pole and with so much conviction and passion. Simply amazing. It's just too bad his output has become strictly soundtrack music for about the last ten years. I really miss the The The I grew up with. Not that the soundtracks are bad but it's just not the same without his biting commentary on everything from love to lust to the state of the world.


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


August 27, 2015
Namaska The The


October 15, 2014
Outstanding Band

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