The The

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Short biography of The The: The The is an English musical and multimedia group with singer/songwriter [a=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 [a=Orange Juice (3)] drummer [a=Zeke Manyika], [a=Jools Holland], [a=Thomas Leer] and [a=J. G. Thirlwell].
Johnson followed with a new album entitled “Infected” in 1986, recording again with Zeke Manyika, plus singer [a=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-[a=Smiths, The] guitarist [a=Johnny Marr], bassist [a=James Eller] and former [a=ABC] drummer [a=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 [a=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 [a=Keith Joyner] and bassist [a=Jared Michael Nickerson]. Harmonica player [a=Jim Fitting] (formerly of [a=Treat Her Right]) joined the band in early 1993. Palmer left the band partway through the tour and was replaced by ex-[a=Stabbing Westward] drummer [a=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 [a=Hank Williams] cover versions. “Hanky Panky” was recorded by a new The The group, this time consisting of Johnson, Collard, Fitting, guitarist [a=Eric Schermerhorn], bass guitarist [a=Gail Ann Dorsey], and drummer [a=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 [a=Spencer Campbell] and drummer [a=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 Anniversay of its original release.

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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Uncertain Smile 2
mp3, CD
1983-00-00
2 This Is The Day 2
mp3, CD
1983 Some Bizzare
3 Infected 8
mp3, CD
1986-00-00 Epic
4 Soul Mining 7
mp3, CD
2002-00-00
5 Soul Mining 8
mp3, CD
1983-00-00
6 Soul Mining 7
mp3, CD
1983
7 Uncertain Smile 2
mp3, CD
1982-00-00 Epic
8 45 RPM: The Singles Of The The 23
mp3, CD
2002-05-00
9 Slow Emotion Replay 4
mp3, CD
1993-04-05 Epic
10 Dogs Of Lust 3
mp3, CD
1992-00-00 Epic
11 Infected 11
mp3, CD
1990
12 Uncertain Smile 3
mp3, CD
1982-10-00
13 Infected 3
mp3, CD
1986
14 Uncertain Smile 3
mp3, CD
1982
15 Soul Mining 8
mp3, CD
Epic
16 Burning Blue Soul 10
mp3, CD
1993-06-07
17 Dogs Of Lust 3
mp3, CD
1993 Epic
18 Cold Spell Ahead 2
mp3, CD
1992-10-00 Some Bizzare
19 Infected 8
mp3, CD
1987 CMV Enterprises
20 Heartland 3
mp3, CD
1986 Epic
21 Disinfected EP 4
mp3, CD
1994-01-00 Epic
22 Infected 8
mp3, CD
2002 Epic
23 Infected 3
mp3, CD
1986
24 Dumb As Death's Head / Johnathon 2
mp3, CD
1983 Melody Maker
25 Interpretations: Issue One - ShrunkenMan 4
mp3, CD
2000-04-10 Nothing Records
26 NakedSelf 12
mp3, CD
2000-02-29 Nothing Records
27 Dusk 10
mp3, CD
1993-01-26 Epic
28 Mind Bomb 8
mp3, CD
1989
29 Gunsluts 3
mp3, CD
2000 Lazarus
30 Solitude 9
mp3, CD
1994-05-10 Epic
31 Hanky Panky 11
mp3, CD
1995-02-14 550 Music
32 Controversial Subject 2
mp3, CD
1980-08-00 4AD
33 Cold Spell Ahead 2
mp3, CD
1981-09-00 Some Bizzare
34 Perfect 2
mp3, CD
1983-02-00
35 Sweet Bird Of Truth 6
mp3, CD
1987-05-00

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