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    Q A between Matt Johnson and CAS attendees CLICK 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

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    Q A between Matt Johnson and CAS attendees CLICK 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

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    conformity Why do album sales keep declining I wonder Is it because the music industry is no longer geared up for the long term support of musicians but just the short term marketing of celebrities Mostly all there is is buzz with no genuine talent underpinning it No one s interested in the product of these celebrities because they are the product It s all icing and no cake This combination of huge insecure egos on one side of the equation with rampant corporate greed on the other makes one wonder whether the music business is ever again likely to give birth to music with political vitality and relevance to our times Perhaps there s also just too much music around nowadays Maybe our brains are just too fatigued and numb with it Music is no longer something that must be actively sought it is now pumped out in industrial quantities day in day out as we go about our daily business whether queuing up in the supermarket watching television shopping for clothes waiting in the doctors surgery while the dentist drills into our teeth as cars drive by in the street or while we try to make ourselves heard to the barmaid in the local bar We are drenched from head to toe in the stuff virtually 24 hours a day There now seems little escape from the cacophonous white noise of nothing Is it any wonder that pop music has lost much of it s power to shock amaze and inspire It s as if the very soil from which its roots had drawn its inspiration and power from over the decades are now so depleted of nutrients and vitality from overuse as to be virtually sterile It does get very fatiguing being on the receiving end of all this mind numbing Muzak and one must just try to filter most of this out of one s mind if one is to maintain any sort of peace and space for the good uplifting sincere stuff I suppose this isn t helped by the fact that there now appear to be more people on the stage than in the audience all desperately vying for our attention Most with very little to say but with very big mouths with which to say it When I started out as an 11 year old kid in a band at school I was thought of as a weirdo Now it s almost compulsory to be in a band Pop music is now so thoroughly absorbed into corporate entertainment culture that maybe people with a real urge to say or do something are being drawn towards other areas of self expression Actually there is probably more interesting music being made now than ever before if you can find the time to seek it out In Britain just flick through the pages of a music magazine like Wire or listen to radio shows like Late Junction on Radio 3 or Resonance FM in London and they are teeming with weird and wonderful bands but it s certainly not pop music and not likely to gain mainstream exposure in the current climate Maybe that s not a bad thing It keeps it purer The problem is that there is just such a tidal wave of music generally that the bad stuff thoroughly swamps the good You really have to try and immerse yourself in long periods of silence where possible in order to keep your brain fresh for the music you actually like 200 Why do you think that American artists in the 60s like Bob Dylan Joan Baez and Pete Seeger and the Punk generation in the UK in the 70s felt the urge to express their discontent and write music with political content whereas today s artists hardly show any interest at all Matt Johnson When we think of the 1960 s and the 1970 s as an era of great political song writing are we oversimplifying and overrating things somewhat too Were they really that much better than the 1940 s 1950 s or even the 1980 s come to that Yes there were a handful of very powerful innovators to be sure but there were also so many copycats and bandwagon jumpers that the picture becomes very blurred when peering back into the rose tinted fog of time For every Bob Dylan there were literally dozens of boil in the bag copies Likewise for every Clash Taking Bob Dylan for the moment at his peak he was an outrageously gifted songwriter with a supernatural ability to capture the zeitgeist but by his own definition he was not a political songwriter and he loathed the term protest singer He wrote and continues to write about a huge range of subjects that happen to occasionally include political ones Songs such as With God on Our Side are just so damn timeless and pertinent If someone wrote that today you d say they certainly had their finger on the pulse of our times There were very few songwriters who could climb into the ring with him and last more than a few rounds One would have been John Lennon but whether even he would have lasted until the final bell is doubtful By the late 1960 s many of the record companies were just trying to make a fast buck by packaging or repackaging anyone and everyone who picked up an acoustic guitar as the New Bob Dylan for instance In every generation there are only ever a handful of genuine thinkers and innovators The rest follow in the slipstream Most artists bands in the music business are followers trying to anticipate what they think the public or their record company want rather than following their own gut instinct 200 Because record companies believe that political pop music doesn t guarantee instant commercial success Matt Johnson Due to the fashion of our times political song writing is not that commercially desirable to record companies at the moment therefore it probably doesn t appeal to many young bands whose main concern is celebrity so it s much a question of fashion and commerce as deeply held beliefs on the part of many songwriters An industry like today s music business only really licks it s lips and kicks into gear as soon as there is lots of money to be made If the innovators become popular then the A R men will be hastily despatched far and wide to go find and sign every copycat they can lay their hands on Big Business always seems to find a way of sniffing out the latest youth movement examining it repackaging it and then reselling it back to the young 200 Are there any artists you can think of today who make interesting music with political content Matt Johnson Yes there are of course still contemporary singer songwriters out there trying to express sincerely held political thoughts and make themselves heard above the deafening din of popular entertainment s white noise of nothing Michael Franti with his I Know I m Not Alone project for instance But a large part of the problem they face is the intense concentration of ownership in the media since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in the US This allowed a company like Clear Channel Communications a little noticed media giant to quietly take over many of the country s radio and concert industries This was a devastating blow against originality and diversity in the American music industry It s no coincidence that more and more so called alternative and left field artists are now allowing their music to be used in advertising campaigns It s because it s becoming almost impossible to get on the radio and you actually get paid too Which is quite novel really Record companies on the whole are just not going to sign and promote anything remotely political if they are not certain it will be allowed media exposure So although there are some fine and thoughtful songwriters out there fighting the good fight the problem is that most of them will struggle to receive the oxygen of airplay While a companies like Clear Channel own and control so many of the stations and concert halls across America this homogenisation will continue For example take the CD smashing rally which was organised by KRMD part of the Cumulus Media corporation where a Louisiana crowd turned up to watch a huge tractor roll over and crush a collection of Dixie Chicks CD s after Natalie Maines their lead singer dared to criticise the Bush Administration for it s pre emptive invasion of Iraq Pro war rallies were being promoted by other corporate giants in the entertainment industry with close links to the current administration What an utter disgraceful state of affairs So due to some of the above perhaps the medium for political ideas seems to have shifted more towards documentary film making than song writing over the past decade Perhaps there s more freshness to that medium in this particular moment in time With the easy accessibility of video cameras computers and editing software perhaps young artistically inclined politically motivated people are gravitating towards this than going through the motions of being in a band 200 You say that record companies on the whole are just not going to sign and promote anything remotely political if they are not certain it will be allowed media exposure Do you think that if an artist in the future wants to bring out songs with political content the best way would be to release it by Internet a very democratic medium Matt Johnson Hopefully record companies as we have known them will soon atrophy and become relics of a bygone age Artists will be signed to their own labels and will have complete creative and political freedom to say and write what they please and will also own the rights to their own work and even start to get paid for the music they sell rather than having the record company seize virtually all of it The marketing and promotions departments of the record companies may well end up as small independent companies that artists choose to employ from project to project rather than the other way round So music will be released as downloads via the Internet and also available as hard copies in shops too if people wish to purchase their music that way 200 What s in your opinion a good political song Matt Johnson For me the most effective political song is one which for the listener triggers feelings of empathy inspiration and hope It shows a way forward Great political songs are about reaching people on an emotional as well as an intellectual level About articulating what the listener may have strongly felt yet not quite formulated into thoughts and words It should capture the zeitgeist provide a focal point and help people realise that they are not alone 200 Which artist pop groups do you think have written good political songs Matt Johnson When I first thought about this question I really thought I d have too many songs in mind But upon much reflection the list is much smaller than I thought Also I realised after writing out many of my favourite political songs that most were either by or about black people Make of that what you will Perhaps there has to be a certain amount of tension and oppression for great music to come about But there are so many different types of political songs Those that are specifically blatantly about a single issue such as Jerry Dammer s Free Nelson Mandela which you have to place in the context of time of course The Conservative government in Britain under Margaret Thatcher was still supporting the status quo in South Africa and many people in Britain weren t even aware who Nelson Mandela was or just thought he was another terrorist in prison This song simply and beautifully brought his plight to light with an infectious melody Another song in this bracket that again should be placed in the context of its time is Tom Robinson s Glad To Be Gay this song as far as I can remember was actually banned by Radio 1 at the time because the subject matter was too controversial although it still become quite a big hit A clever song it had a very catchy chorus melody that heterosexuals were singing along to it in spite of themselves and it did bring to the attention of the majority the plight of a minority There are also political songs that while not relating specifically to an event or movement just capture a time and atmosphere perfectly Sam Cooke s A Change Is Gonna Come gives me goose bumps every time I hear it The wonderful warmth of his voice the melody the arrangement and the words Simple gorgeous uplifting This song just stops you in your tracks and forces you to reflect on just where you are in life and how you got there Marvin Gaye s What s Going On is another There are also great political songs that rely on an infectious and overpowering rhythm to hammer home their message James Brown s Say it Loud I m Black and I m Proud and Public Enemy s Fight the Power come to mind Pure and simple anthems for their times Others use allegory to convey the brutal power of their message Strange Fruit popularised by Billie Holiday but actually written by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx Abel Meeropol under the pseudonym Lewis Allen This song became a regular part of Holiday s live performances and she apparently approached Columbia records about recording it but was refused due to the subject matter She then recorded it with Commodore a smaller alternative Jazz label It become the anthem of the anti lynching movement and may well have helped plant some of the seeds in what was to later become the civil rights movement It is a shining example of the power of song It is also interesting to note how certain political songs can be hijacked and taken far away from where their writers intended them to be Take Woody Guthrie s classic American song This Land is Your Land Apparently after George W Bush s re election he and a group of his ultra right wing pals were stood in a circle holding hands singing this to themselves in glee I suppose it was now true in a way This land was now their land and they were bloody well going to do with it what they liked I wonder if the ultra socialist Woody would have been spinning in his grave at the indignity of it all or just laughing to himself that his song had survived so long Things go in cycles and I m sure before long This Land is Your Land will be back amongst the people to whom it belongs But writing about songs and music is as someone once said a bit like dancing to describe architecture but let me give you a list of my favourite political songs in no particular order This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie God On Our Side Bob Dylan A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke Say It Loud I m Black and I m Proud James Brown Many Rivers To Cross Jimmy Cliff Redemption Song Bob Marley Strange Fruit Lewis Allen Working Class Hero John Lennon Glad To Be Gay Tom Robinson Fight The Power Public Enemy Free Nelson Mandela Jerry Dammers Ship Building Elvis Costello Sign Of The Time Prince 200 Why are you interested in writing pop music with political content Matt Johnson Only a minority of my songs have political content but I m intrigued by current affairs world events and the stuff that shapes our daily lives and thoughts There is a tendency to label anyone who writes a political song as a political songwriter but I just think of myself as a songwriter who tries to tackle a wide range of subjects Some of which may be personal some of which may be political some of which may be neither Why tie oneself down to one little area of expression when there s such a big and interesting world out there 200 What kind of research or study do you do before you write a song with political content Do you read a lot travel or is it your intuition Matt Johnson I travel a lot and enjoy talking to people asking questions trying to see the world through the eyes of others in order to help my own understanding When it comes to song writing it s mostly a matter of intuition instinct mood and emotion but I ll also read and research voraciously to try to understand and back up what I m trying to say 200 Is there anything particular you want to achieve with your political songs Matt Johnson Just to get things off my chest I suppose To help temporarily ease a growing sense of political impotence Of course it would be wonderful to write a song that really captured the moment and expressed what was on a lot of peoples minds but most people are probably not as interested in the subjects and scenarios that fascinate and vex me It s really a hit and miss affair 200 Have you got the idea that songs with political lyrics can change the world Matt Johnson No I don t think that at all There may have been a moment in the 1960 s where people thought this may have been possible but I think that moment has long gone As I mentioned before popular music on the whole has now been absorbed into corporate culture homogenised and sold back to the public as just another safe sanitised form of entertainment Nevertheless I do think a great song can provide a certain focal point but any lasting change has to come about by mass movement as in the earlier example of Strange Fruit and the anti lynching and civil rights movements and not by a single individual s contribution Songs and music are just threads in the wider fabric of our culture not the fabric itself I don t believe in figureheads but I do believe in mass movements As soon as you have figureheads and personality cults you have the poison of ego megalomania and the struggle for power That s where the trouble starts 200 Which political issue in the world screams for a political song right now Matt Johnson My goodness there are lots of issues that young songwriters should be chomping at the bit to tackle Of course it all depends on perspective though as there are British issues on the one hand and more global concerns on the other But for a start The War on Terror and trying to understand how we got to where we now are Continued foreign intervention in the affairs of many of these Middle East countries has led to much of the rage we now feel directed towards the West We should really be trying to see things from the perspective of our so called enemies and what has radicalised them and not hiding behind simplistic war slogans and feeding the flames of mutual mistrust The brazen political hypocrisy of our leaders We continually hear the mantra of no negotiation with terrorists So they just arm and support them instead Remember the Contras And who sold Saddam Hussein his weapons But what about the negotiations with the ANC IRA and PLO Even George Washington was considered a terrorist by the British at one point Dialogue is the only way forward Just begin it before even more innocent lives are lost But you may have noticed that the Bush Administration always attaches impossible preconditions to the prospects of any talks with countries like Iran and Syria even though ultimately talks are the only way forward The problem for the West and the world actually is that we re saddled with a US president who is so far out of his depth in terms of worldliness vision statesmanship or even basic common sense Let s just pray the next one is better Climate change Well time is running out as fast as the snows on Kilimanjaro with this one What to do except batten down the hatches or head for the high ground The bastardisation of our political vocabulary This dreadful management marketing advertising jargon which has infected our language Political debate seems shrouded in euphemisms For example Enterprise Culture and Consumer Choice really mean deregulation of the rules for big business to make even bigger profits Flexible Labour Markets really means being able to shut factories down at a moment s notice and ship all the jobs off to countries with low cost non unionised workforces Free Trade really means poor countries forced to open up their markets while the rich ones keep their s closed Entrepreneurial Spirit really means self serving guilt free greed Not to mention all these ridiculous buzz words the politicians and corporations insist on using such as Brand and Content etc and we haven t even got onto the way we ve been sneakily turned from citizens into consumers and from passengers or patients into customers when using public transport or the NHS There are people that actually get paid a fortune for dreaming up this claptrap this relentless nonsensical drivel The vocabulary for political discourse now has to be reinvented somehow We need to redefine what words like democracy socialism and freedom really mean For instance take democracy On the one hand in America you can only run for President if you have several hundred million dollars worth of corporate funding in your pocket So how seriously compromised is anyone that runs for President It s absurd On the other hand The Palestinians voted in Hamas on a popular vote in fair elections yet it doesn t count because the Americans Israelis and British don t like it Are these really the sort of definitions of democratic values the West wishes to project across the globe That money counts for everything And that the range within which democracy must function is so narrow that only certain types of political discourse will ever be allowed The rampant greed of corporations the corruption of our political system by cash and the subsequent distorting of truth by the paid consultants and experts of wealthy lobby groups In Britain we seem to be selling off of everything for foreign ownership From state assets like water electricity gas airports ports defence contractors even the London stock exchange Premiership football clubs large swathes of our housing stock not to mention our food companies and farms Nothing is secure from being sold off in UK PLC But what amazes me is that it barely raises an eyebrow I don t know whether this vast sell off will be good or bad in the long term but surely it is worth discussing in some detail To try working out where this is all leading us Yet it gets barely a mention There is no analysis at all about what this actually means for the country in the long run All you ever hear are the business news commentators telling us in breathless tones what a great deal for the shareholders this deal or that is going to be No mention of the other costs involved in the short and long term to the country and it s population The fact that we no longer own much of our own energy water airports ports what does this all really mean Maybe it doesn t matter at all but wouldn t it be nice if someone were to start seriously asking the question This all started out in the 1980 s as supposedly selling the State s assets back to the British people But it was a vast con trick The British public already owned it all They were just being conned into being middle men between the government and big business Soon the government ministers responsible for the various privatisation deals were being offered lavish jobs and vast pay packages to sit on the boards of these newly privatised utilities Absolutely outrageous but all conveniently swept under the carpet The disgraceful massive and still growing disparity in pay rises over the past 20 years between the directors and employees of companies This sort of blatant unfairness will really cause problems for long term social cohesion in this country It creates an unhealthy unhappier society The insidious growth of the corporate private sector It s tentacles now reaching voraciously into every aspect of our public and private lives Witness the rise of the awful Private Finance Initiative in Britain whereby the taxpayer pays for schools hospitals and prisons in order to then hand them over to private corporations so they can then start charging rent to the taxpayer whilst making huge profits Bizarre Overpopulation of a small country like Britain But no one can mention this without being screamed down as a racist Political Correctness is now so corrosive it is almost a form of Thought Police The size of a country s population should be dependent upon it s ability to feed itself and maintain good public services The fact of the matter is that the UK is a small country and we should be looking at ways of reducing our population to a manageable size and not continually expanding it But when will we wake up to this fact When our population reaches 100 million Personal privacy The British population are now one of the most spied upon in the world The state along with the private sector are busily trying to establish systems that will keep a close check on virtually every aspect of an individual s life and habits This is not science fiction this is happening now Britain is sleepwalking into an Orwellian state Of course the government will always trot out the line If you ve got nothing to hide you ve got nothing to worry about but is this really the direction we want to see our country going 200 Did you grow up within a family that was politically concerned Matt Johnson Yes I was lucky in having parents who had no deeply held prejudice and who seem in retrospect to have been natural liberals Warm kind and generous Up to his mid twenties my Dad held no deeply held beliefs other than hating unfairness and like my Mum detesting racial prejudice When my Dad worked in the London Docks mainly the Royal Group he was a member of the Blue Union of NASDU National Association of Stevedores and Dockers The other union was known as the White Union but was the TGWU He was deeply influenced by some of the dockers many of whom were widely read and would quote poetry and Marx in the same conversation They were all self taught and of high intelligence When he was hospitalised for many months with TB after being stabbed during a fight he read Das Kapital War Peace Camus the War poets Jack Kerouac Henry Miller amongst others This period really influenced his thinking and ideas He became increasingly drawn to socialism and an alternative left wing view of the world and more involved in the Union He was even elected from the floor of a mass meeting to Jackie Dash s strike committee but eventually economic needs of a small and growing family meant he went into the pub trade and left the docks behind Recently his political feelings have been stirred again by various events He actively takes part in antiwar marches and now votes for the Ecology party 200 So your childhood and environment contributed to your political views and opinions in your work Matt Johnson Certainly everyone is influenced by the environment in which they grow up in whether they are aware of it or not I suppose if I m honest I do find myself trying to gently influence my own son but without wishing to undermine his own sense of himself and the world as he finds it 200 A lot of filmmakers musicians comedians journalists and writers are self censoring themselves and avoid certain political sensitive subjects In these times would you ever consider self censorship yourself Matt Johnson Well we re going through a very strange period in Britain at the moment The issues of freedom of expression and self censorship are really running through a lot of people s minds Certain minorities now react with such hysteria to anything they may perceive as even a minor insult that people are becoming afraid to say anything at all for fear of a violent reaction This is a very dangerous situation and ultimately will act as a recruiting agent for the likes of the BNP and other extremist groups If you want to come and live in a country like Britain then I think the least you can do is respect the traditions of free expression If you really don t like living in a country with free expression then you should probably choose to live elsewhere I honestly believe that the issues that divide the population are best expressed openly and smashed on the anvil of public debate Certainly not swept under the carpet or silenced by threats of violence 200 Would you release a single like Armageddon days are here again tomorrow Matt Johnson Well to be clear Armageddon Days was shelved at the last minute as a single because of threats received at both the offices of CBS my ex record company and against various radio stations that started to play it In fact CBS even had to remove the American flag from their rooftop such was the paranoia of the time It has never ever been played on commercial radio since Make of that what you will The censorship is there whether we want to admit it or not I have no idea what anyone who really listened to this song would find offensive about it as it s message was simple that we have forgotten the unifying message behind the world s major religions and instead now worship the differences To my ears eyes and heart the real essence of most faiths is similar it is just the language that s different You can say I Love You in 20 different languages but it still means I Love You 200 Would you still write songs about this subject matter Matt Johnson If I felt I had anything worth saying on the subject yes I would but I still feel the songs I wrote on the Mind Bomb album covered the area fairly well I really don t know what I would add at this moment in time to what I ve already said 200 Some of the songs you wrote became a reality like Heartland Did you foresee that this was going to happen Matt Johnson I m just a voracious consumer of news and current affairs and it seemed pretty obvious even back in the 1980 s that Britain was becoming unhealthily dominated by American culture generally and by American foreign policy specifically The unbalance in this relationship has continued upon this trajectory in the 20 years since I wrote Heartland We are now in a situation where most of the UK s foreign and defence policy is formulated and dictated from Washington and yet the people who scream the loudest that we are losing our sovereignty to the Europe Union don t even bat an eyelid about this Odd I have lived on and off in New York for many years and though there is much I genuinely love about America one thing I ve always consistently criticised is their foreign policy It has really done the American people no favours at all and has now led to them being the most reviled nation on Earth So in Blair s close relationship with Bush we seem to have a classic case of power without principles A Labour Prime Minister super gluing himself to the repugnant policies of an ultra right wing Neo Con US administration for some imagined influence Do you remember when Tony Blair met George Bush at his Texan ranch and we saw Blair awkwardly dressed up in the same casual military wear as the Commander In Chief Very embarrassing to watch When in the presence of high ranking Americans Tony Blair seems to go as weak at the knees as a schoolgirl meeting a boy band Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave In return for our unstinting support of US foreign policy what does Britain really get out of this Special Relationship apart from the dubious privilege of spending taxpayers money on the latest American weaponry When British soldiers get killed by US friendly fire the Americans refuse to even show the courtesy of turning up at the inquests Whereas our soldiers would be required to show up if it was the other way round We also now have a completely unbalanced Extradition Treaty with them Under the new treaty the allegations of the US government will be enough to secure the extradition of British citizens from the UK Yet if the UK wants to extradite someone from the US evidence to the standard of a reasonable demonstration of guilt will still be required Why would we sign such a one sided treaty Are the people running Britain incompetent or plain corrupt So because of all this macho posturing by Tony Blair and his closest advisers Britain has ended up over stretching our ill equipped armed forces to breaking point Sending them to hell with radios that don t work guns that jam and tanks that stall Not only is this ill fated and illegal war costing hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives countless more injuries and putting British cities at increased risk of terrorist attack but it is also costing the British taxpayer billions of pounds too And this at a time when the government is preparing to shut down thousands of Post Offices across Britain in an attempt to save money Someone has to be held to account for this monumental incompetence Blair is not only the most right wing leader the Labour party has ever had he s also turning out to be one of the most right wing Prime Ministers this country s ever had Surrounded by a small cabal of shadowy un elected officials who wield more power over the country than the elected cabinet or parliament it seems that once the chalice is lifted to the lips and the elixir of power has been tasted it becomes impossible not to become intoxicated Whichever individual is in office after two terms it seems they become a swivel eyed ego maniac with a messiah complex Although I actually think most of us would become swivel eyed egomaniacs before too long in office and like Thatcher and Blair would have to be dragged from power kicking screaming with fingernails splintered from hanging onto the door frame at No 10 That s why the checks and balances on power should be increased not loosened as we have seen The fact that an egomaniacal Prime Minister dragged the country to war against it s will is testament to this We need the keep these people in check We desperately an expansion of true democracy and fully transparent accountability Power is like radiation Come too close to it for too long and you are poisoned Very few can withstand it s seduction You d have to be locked in a cell for a couple of decades to

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    Q A between Matt Johnson and CAS attendees CLICK 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

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    Q A between Matt Johnson and CAS attendees CLICK 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

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    Food GIANT2FACED12INCH Introducing Giant from THE THE a 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 Dog s artwork features on one side and DJ Food s illustrative interpretation of the artwork is on the other Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend Radio Cinéola s Deep Space broadcast has landed Radio Cinéola is back New broadcast available now Featuring the enigmatic DJ Food and his Deep Space version of GIANT mixed exclusively for Radio Cinéola with an exclusive satellite interview between Strictly Kev aka DJ Food and Matt Johnson plus some previously unheard nuggets freshly unearthed from the Lazarus vaults Buy your copy today Meanwhile to find out more about DJ Food and his wonderful new album click here http www djfood org

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    GIANT GIANT2FACED12INCH Introducing Giant from THE THE a 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 Dog s artwork features on one side and DJ Food s illustrative interpretation of the artwork is on the other Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend Radio Cinéola s Deep Space broadcast has landed Radio Cinéola is back New broadcast available now Featuring the enigmatic DJ Food and his Deep Space version of GIANT mixed exclusively for Radio Cinéola with an exclusive satellite interview between Strictly Kev aka DJ Food and Matt Johnson plus some previously unheard nuggets freshly unearthed from the Lazarus vaults Buy your copy today Meanwhile to find out more about DJ Food and his wonderful new album click here http www djfood org

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    Ninja Tunes GIANT2FACED12INCH Introducing Giant from THE THE a 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

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