Maniacal Mondays: The The

Thethe It's a shame more people haven't heard of The The on North American shores. Sure, they've had some success overseas (a smattering of singles and albums in the Top 10), but for the most part they've never found the popularity they deserve (in my humble opinion).  They've always had the support of college radio in Canada and the U.S., but for whatever reason the second those smarty-pants kids graduate they forget all about poor old The The.   

For the most part, The The is the guise of singer/songwriter Matt Johnson. Over the years there have been 'official' permanent line-ups (including the late eighties/early nineties when former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and ex-Julian Cope bass player James Eller were recruited for the recording of the Mind Bomb and Dusk albums), but for the most The The is Matt Johnson and whatever session players he recruits.

I personally started to get into The The around '92-'93, around the release of Dusk. Around that time my older brother and I had tickets to see Depeche Mode at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, and The The were the opening act. It is one of the only concerts I've been to where the venue was packed for the opening band, and when The The kicked off its set with the Dusk track Dogs of Lust the place went completely ballistic. The crowd was on its feet for the full 45 minute set, plus an encore. Very cool.

Here's The The from around that same time period, with Uncertain Smile from 1983 album Soul Mining.

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on January 24, 2011, in Maniacal Mondays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The The was one of my high school bands, specifically the album ‘Dusk.’ I first heard it played at one of them ‘dragon and incense’ booths at the Fergus Market and listened to it till the tape stretched. I even got a ‘Dusk’ shirt while visiting New York City as a high school kiddo! Thanks for the reminder…I’ve found that I’ve forgotten some of my favourite bands, and it’s blogs like this that remind me! 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Roo!
    Dusk is an amazing album. It still gets quite a workout in my collection. There’s no better ‘low light’ atmospheric release out there.
    Glad I could help you reconnect with some old favourites!

  3. Jay
    Alan Cross had an interesting article a little while ago about bands that were hard to find on the internet. I am blanking on most, but one was The The. Apparently most search engines just think you are an idiot when you enter The The. Who knew?
    One other band that comes to mind was !!! (chk chk chk).
    Ill look for that link later. It was pretty humourous.

  4. Rob
    Shoot me that Cross piece if you can find it. Sounds cool.

  5. Jay, “Soul Mining” is a top 50 album for me. Spun it just last weekend. Nice highlight! Fucker.

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