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Sunday, August 12, 2007

the The - Controversial Subject

FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT KNOW: The The are an English musical and multimedia group that have been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. Releases are fairly few and far between but over the years The The have sold several million albums internationally and achieved critical acclaim - their 1983 album Soul Mining was voted the third best album of the year by British music magazine Melody Maker (the album featured the song "Uncertain Smile," which at one point was voted the fourth greatest song ever by Australian Triple J radio listeners).
During The The's more prolific period of releases, from Soul Mining (1983) to Dusk (1992), most artwork used on the albums and single releases was produced by Matt Johnson's brother Andrew Johnson (Andy Dog Johnson). The artwork has a distinctive style, and sometimes courted controversy, most notably the inital release of the single "Infected" which was withdrawn from sale and re-issued with an edited version of the cover art.
Recently, The The have enjoyed a small surge of attention in the United States thanks to an M&M's advertising campaign, which has been using the band's song "This is the Day" as its theme music.

In 1993, BBC radio broadcast a series of tracks from The The's appearance at the 1993 Reading Music Festival in England. Below are the tracks that were broadcast in the order they appeared. This is not necessarily the full track listing for the show and I have no idea whether this broadcast appeared for sale anywhere as a bootleg, but some people have it on cassette.

Track Listing: Heartland, Soul Mining, The Sinking Feeling, Uncertain Smile, Violence Of Truth .


the The - Reading Festival - Reading, England 08-27-1993

SourceFMSound QualityA+Formatmp3Bitrate192Tracks12

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