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 Londons Africa Centre on 11 May 1979, The Thes first single, Controversial Subject, was issued by 4AD Records. Two years later, they signed with Stevos 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 Thes 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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