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  • THE THE - About
    advert in the NME It read Influences The Residents Syd Barrett Throbbing Gristle Velvet Underground They made their debut as a prototype electronic duo at Londonʼs Africa Centre on May 11th 1979 the week Margaret Thatcher was elected to power and began clawing their way onto indie labels 4AD Cherry Red and Some Bizarre the former releasing a 1981 debut Burning Blue Soul as Matt Johnson Within 3 years Johnsonʼs nom de studio THE THE after abandoning two still born albums Spirits and The Pornography of Despair would release the most critically acclaimed album of the year 1983ʼs synth noir classic Soul Mining on Epic CBS Records Charting the limits of the soul within a pop career while surrounded by big business and cynical 80ʼs music was never going to be a smooth ride but Johnson had a dedication that bordered on insanity with studio psychosis in New York and Hunter Thompson style road trips behind the recording of early singles Uncertain Smile and Perfect A further three years along saw the mammoth multi media Infected project and Johnsonʼs journey into the heartʼs darkness risking death filming the stunt filled ground breaking long form video in Peru Bolivia New York and London The album led to THE THE breaking through commercially despite radio bans on the political singles Sweet Bird Of Truth and Heartland No phase of THE THEʼs progress has been without drama to match the intensity on record By the time of the globally railing Mind Bomb album of 1989 and itʼs banned single about the impending clash between Islam and Christianity Armageddon Days are here again Johnson was pushing engineers and producers towards nervous breakdowns whilst mind surfing on meditation grape diets and magic mushroom tea He recruited his old friend ex Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to join the band and toured the world culminating in three sold out nights at Londonʼs Royal Albert Hall The evolution of Johnsonʼs writing is tightly bound with his personal odyssey The hauntingly beautiful singles from 1993ʼs UK No 2 hit album Dusk Love Is Stronger Than Death and Slow Emotion Replay are shaded by family bereavements The accompanying full length film of the album From Dusk ʻTil Dawn directed by long time collaborator Tim Pope and shot in an atmospheric New Orleans and New York delicately captured in 16mm monochrome the yearning trapped deep within the recordʼs grooves Having subsequently shipped out to New York preferring to conduct from afar his ongoing tussle with the meaning of British ness he pulled off a vindicatory feat re interpreting Hank Williams songs on 1995ʼs Hanky Panky It was voted one of the finest country albums of the year in the US and hailed by Williams biographer Colin Escott as amongst the finest ever cover recordings of Hankʼs classics AND THEN The last ten years began with the most critically acclaimed album of Johnsonʼs career Naked Self released through Trent Reznorʼs Nothing Records on Universal and lyrically targeting globalization and consumerism with songs

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  • THE THE - HYENA DOUBLE-DISC VINYL NOW ON SALE!
    Infected Mind Bomb I consider Matt to be an exceptional songwriter and was saddened when he shied away from recording and performing back in 2002 However some consolation was provided when he started to concentrate on soundtrack work starting with his brother Gerard s directorial debut Tony which is an incredibly chilling serial killer film if you haven t seen it and well you could say I was delirious when a mutual friend subsequently introduced me to Matt suggesting that Death Waltz would be the perfect fit to release his soundtracks on vinyl I am really honoured to be releasing Hyena once again directed by his brother the film is an utterly brutal and devastating look at police corruption and human trafficking and packs one heck of a punch truth be told The score on the other hand is dark beautiful and unnerving a fantastic doomy mix of electronics and more traditional instruments touching on everything from Krautrock to industrial to techno but always keeping melody and incredible tonal range at the forefront It s also unmistakably the sound of The The featuring Johnson s first vocal in 13 years on the mournful and devastating Everybody Wants To Go To

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  • THE THE - RADIO CINEOLA TEAMS WITH RADIO MANOBRAS
    January 2016 October 2015 July 2015 May 2015 January 2015 December 2014 April 2014 March 2014 April 2013 January 2013 April 2012 January 2012 September 2011 May 2007 September 2001 January 2001 Subscribe News RSS Mailing List RADIO CINEOLA TEAMS WITH RADIO MANOBRAS Radio Cineola Welcomes Portugal s Radio Manobras as a broadcast partner for our Election Day Special Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via

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  • THE THE - RADIO CINEOLA – 200% and RANSOM NOTE
    April 2014 March 2014 April 2013 January 2013 April 2012 January 2012 September 2011 May 2007 September 2001 January 2001 Subscribe News RSS Mailing List RADIO CINEOLA 200 and RANSOM NOTE Matt Johnson Thierry Somers Interview Sessions Round Two http 200 percent com the the radio cineola election day Documenting The Election Matt Johnson Talks To Ransom Note http www theransomnote co uk music interviews documenting the election matt johnson

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  • THE THE - HYENA – NEW ALBUM!
    it is available for purchase through this website Hyena is the third volume in the Cinéola series of film soundtrack releases and follows the critically acclaimed soundtracks for Tony 2010 and Moonbug 2012 Each release is published as a deluxe edition CD Book packaged in hardback form and filled with additional and exclusive material including photographs interviews stills from the films and notes from the directors Cinéola the independent film soundtrack company was formed by Matt Johnson in 2005 since when he has composed distinct soundtracks for numerous documentaries and feature films Cinéola have also signed an exclusive licensing deal with boutique soundtrack label Death Waltz Recording Company known for their work with legendary composers and directors such as John Carpenter Richard Kelly Alan Howarth and Fabio Frizzi to release vinyl editions from the Cinéola catalogue Released in UK cinemas on 6 th March Hyena was written and directed by Gerard Johnson and follows his critically acclaimed debut Tony The film was recently announced as winner of the Official Fantàstic Òrbita prize in the Best Feature Film category at the Sitges 2014 film festival and Peter Ferdinando triumphed in the Best Actor category at the Les Arcs film festival The

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  • THE THE - RADIO CINEOLA – THE INERTIA VARIATIONS
    not lucky enough to be at the opening of this mixed medium Anglo Swedish production at RÖDA STEN KONSTHALL in Goteborg Sweden there is still time to head North and catch it in place until the first week of February 2015 It features a projected audio visual loop and the stunning new Radio Cineola Tower sculpture This is just the first phase in an innovating Anglo Swedish collaboration between Matt

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  • THE THE - THE RETURN OF SOUL MINING
    HERE TO BOOK In the meantime you may be curious to read about the making of Soul Mining in the following interviews in Quietus and Monocle Re mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original master tapes by Matt Johnson and packaged in a lavish 12 box this vinyl only release includes an authentic reproduction of the 1983 release on 180g vinyl plus an extra 12 gatefold vinyl of alternative versions and remixes For the free digital copy the re mastered audio has then been dubbed from new vinyl test pressings recorded from Matt s original 1982 Thorens TD 147 gramophone player using patent Dubbed From Disc technology obtainable via a download code contained within the boxset Apart from the re mastered album the boxset also includes a unique news poster containing extensive notes written by Johnson that detail the making of the album the bonus vinyl of alternative versions and remixes contained in a gatefold sleeve the panels of which contain the original artwork for Uncertain Smile Perfect and This Is The Day plus a master tape circular card insert containing credits and the download code Originally released on 21st October 1983 the recording of Soul Mining began in the spring of 1982 when the then 20 year old Matt Johnson financed at this point by London Records de camped to New York to record Uncertain Smile with producer Mike Thorne A subsequent session again in New York with Thorne and featuring David Johansen of the New York Dolls resulted in Perfect yet both sessions and the deal with London Records were subsequently scrapped when THE THE made an audacious switch to CBS Records and decided to start the album afresh Work on the album was reconvened at John Foxx s Garden Studios in the then pre gentrified Shoreditch

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  • THE THE - GIANT2FACED12INCH
    limited edition 12 vinyl especially for this year s Record Store Day on Saturday 19th April 2014 GIANT2FACED12INCH is a double A sided release including THE THE s Giant and DJ Food s 2011 remix of the track featuring reprised vocals from Matt Johnson http www recordstoreday co uk Here s an exclusive first look at the artwork below which features a 2 faced double cover THE THE s Andy

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