The The

Genres: Horror Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Descriptive "tags": post-punk new wave alternative 80s indie british rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formed in 1979, this UK band centres around the activities of singer-songwriter Matt Johnson (15 August 1961, London, England). Initially, the unit included keyboardist Keith Laws and cartoonist Tom Johnston, but the line-up was continually changing and often featured Johnson alone. Following their debut at London’s Africa Centre on 11 May 1979, The The’s first single, ‘Controversial Subject’, was issued by 4AD Records. Two years later, they signed with Stevo’s Some Bizzare Records and released the excellent ‘Cold Spell Ahead’. Since 4AD still had a one-record option, Johnson issued Burning Blue Soul for them under his own name. Manager Stevo found it difficult to license The The’s material to a major label but eventually Phonogram Records invested £8, 000 in ‘Uncertain Smile’ (a retitled version of ‘Cold Spell Ahead’), produced in New York by Mike Thorne. It was an exceptionally impressive...

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