Saturday, 25 September 2010

The The

This weekend I'm over at The Spectator posting about Matt Johnson's The The, the band that never seems to arrive at a full stop (and Mind Bomb, probably their best album).

7 comments:

Sean said...

The The always struck me as a sort of Throbbing Gristle for the mainstream, to this day when I hear "Infected" the gag reflex kicks in as I remember listening to it in the midst of a global panic about aids, its in your face stuff, which probably belongs in the era it was created in.

Good write up on the Specky blog about Chatsworths Beyond Limits exhibition, truly art for the masses!

Gaw said...

Throbbing Gristle but for the mainstream seems an improvement. But I don't like Infected much either.

Sean said...

I think you will find MJ anf TG are pretty close, TG produced some of TT work, esp videos i seem to remember.

Vern said...

I could never get into Mindbomb. It was too earnest for me. Now everything he does is earnest, but it was the lyrical content that made me go a bit red behind the ears, especially on the Beaten Generation, which was really preachy. I preferred Dusk, and especially Hanky Panky, his album of Hank Williams covers, after which he seemed to fall off the face of the earth near enough.

Vern said...

He does have a great voice- that's indisputable.

Gaw said...

Being earnest didn't seem such a bad thing when I was twenty! Political pop was pretty commonplace then too, as I'm sure you recall, Vern.

The lyrics are a bit heavy going at times but on Kingdom of Rain I think they're really very good and a great description of the end of the affair.

Having said all that, my favourite The The track is Uncertain Smile (from what is probably my favourite album, Soul Mining). He's generally better on the disappointments of love and than of politics.

Vern said...

Uncertain Smile is great I agree & I'm with you on Kingdom of Rain. He licensed Uncertain to an M & M's ad in the US which I must say I found startling, coming from the fire breathing MJ.