In Praise of.....Mind Bomb by The The

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Randomly spun this on my way to work this morning, and Summer 1989 came hurtling back like a runaway scud missile. Though not widely hailed as Matt Johnson's finest hour, Mind Bomb is invariably the The The album I'll reach for first. Not as hook-laden as prior efforts and earnestly steeped in a strain of (literally) po-faced piety that makes Bono look like Ludacris, Mind Bomb is a starkly ambitious -- and admittedly flawed -- cautionary tale lambasting human failings both personal and political. Cosmic Thing it was not.

Being a strident fan of preachy doom-mongering (Johnson can give Jaz Coleman a run for his money when the mood suits him), I immediately warmed to Mind Bomb. Having just graduated college without the slightest semblance of a plan, I was feeling suitably apocalyptic, so the album couldn't have been better timed. The ominous opening salvo, "Good Morning Beautiful" alone ranks as a classic in my book. A ponderously paced procession of conspiracy, doubt and paranoia (fueled by menacing whines and cries from Johnny Marr's guitars), it builds to a head when Johnson finally loses cool and cathartically exhorts "YOU'VE STILL GOT A LOT TO FUCKING LEARN!". Awesome. Drummer David Robinson (ex of ABC, later to play for..er..Rod Stewart) has some nice moments here as well.

Sadly, it's not all gold. The album's two singles (i believe), "Armageddon Days are Here Again" and "The Beat(en) Generation" are bogged down in awkward concepts and cringe-worthy lyrics ("If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today/he'd be gunned down cold by the CIA!"). "Armageddon Days.." starts out promisingly with a Sweet allusion and Marr's snarky riff, but again, the song collapses under the weight of its herculean aspiration.

The slow, randy funk of "Gravitate to Me" rescues the affair once again, with Marr taking both a Nile Rodgers-ish rhythmic turn and returning to the wah-wah pedal. "Kingdom of Rain" (featuring Sinead O'Connor) merely updates the previous album's duet with Neneh Cherry, "Slow Train to Dawn," documenting yet another dysfunctional, dying romance (replete with graphically priapic imager,..."all the love we got to give has all spurted out").

There's nothing here as effortlessly catchy as "Infected" or "Sweet Bird of Truth" from Infected nor as gritty as anything on Dusk, but it still remains my favorite.

What say you of Mind Bomb? Thoughtfully Explosive or a dim-bulbed dud of a damp squib?

Final trivial footnote: A co-worker of mine later that summer went to go see The The on the Mind Bomb tour and said you couldn't see the band during the set, as they were shrouded by smoke/dry ice the entire time, Sisters/Nephilim style.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This album is fantastic even though I almost threw it away due to the "niggers of the world" line.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've been listening to Dusk for the past couple of weeks so I feel I'd be biased re: Johnson, though I do remember cringing heartily upon first listen

oh, and Dan OTM

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I can't really make myself listen to this album anymore even though I quite like all the others.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bonus points for the heavy-handed back cover art....

http://www.artbox.at/diplome2002_03/weinberger/taube_thethe.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That was the first time I encountered a situation where I felt like the performer was standing behind me and shouting "MY MUSIC IS NOT FOR YOU" as I was listening to it.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the performer was standing behind me and shouting "MY MUSIC IS NOT FOR YOU" as I was listening to it.

That's a great image. Didn't Eddie Vedder do this literally, though?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i love this album. i read that Matt dosed Marr with strong extacy and locked him in the dark for his noisey guitar track on "Good Morning Beautiful." i love EVERY The The album. The last one was the closest to Mind Bomb, production wise.

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

cringe-worthy lyrics. "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today/he'd be gunned down cold by the CIA!"

But, dude: it's so true.

Seriously, I sold my copy, but sort of regret it now. "Gravitate To Me" was the first song I knew by them, seeing the video on 120 Minutes, I think — Johnny Marr's guitar riff on that (good descrp., btw) absolutely kills. And while he did "predict" 9/11 (as I'm sure in his heart of hearts he sees it now), the political stuff on that is hideous. At least one great song though — maybe a few others, I can't remember.

Anyway, I was always under the impression that Burning Blue Soul was the Matt Johnson masterpiece. I have it, but haven't yet waded into his, well, burning blue soul. I like Soul Mining ok, though — as Trouser Press said, I think, there are moments on that where he sounds exACTly like Ian Anderson.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dusk is where it comes together best for MJ. he's better at depressed romantic loneliness than he ever was at political manifestos

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think Dusk is the worst of the albums. he lost his edge on that one. thankfully he reclaimed it with the last one!

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yah theres cringeworthy lyrics on every album.

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Which was the last one? Naked Self? Never got around to hearing it. Worth picking up?

Never heard Hanky Panky either.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yah Naked Self. That album is the shit. Really dark and interesting production. I liked it much more after i heard the songs live though. Theres this great bootleg from 2000 in Amsterdam. They do the whole album and alot of cuts from Mind Bomb with the new kick ass band.

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

fuck yes. i very consciously pulled this out the morning of november 3 after i realized what we were in for over the next four years.

melodramatic? fuck yes. disturbingly prescient? absolutely.

but i don't cringe when i hear / read lines like:

"Who is it?
That turns your blood into spirit
And your spirit into blood?
Who is it?
That can reach down from above
And set your souls ablaze with love?
Or fill you with the insanity of violence
And it's brother, lust?

Who is it?
Whose words have been twisted
Beyond recognition
In order to build
Your planet Earth's religions?
Who is it?
Who could make your little armies of the left
And your little armies of the right
Light up your skies tonight?"

instead, i shake my head real fast and blink, like, "wha?!?"

john'n'chicago, Monday, 29 November 2004 20:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh yah and you can probably find it for like 1.99 in the used bin since no one bought it and there were many=a=promo. xpost

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I LOVE THIS ALBUM AND HAVE SO SINCE IT'S RELEASE.

ddb (ddb), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I enjoy the album though on album by The The has every really blown me away. Just moments therein.

and re: "the niggers of the world" line - what is that all about? I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he was trying to "say something" rather than use it as a slur but i think i am too dense to "get it".

gspm (gspm), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

grr, ...no album by The The...

gspm (gspm), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Possibly an allusion to the Lennon song?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"The Violence Of Truth" - The The

What is evil? what is love?
What is the force that possesses us?
Where is the beauty? where is the truth?
Where is the force that watches over you?

What is it that makes us ashamed to be white?
(when we close our ears to the sound of machine gun)

And while the niggers of this world are starving
With their mouths wide open
What is it that turns the coins we throw at them
Into worthless little tokens?

Why is it that anything on this earth we do not understand
We are pushed onto our knees to worship or to damn?

Those are the rules of religion
Those are the laws of the land
That's how the forces of darkness have suppressed the spirit of man

That's why human beings still walk on all fours
Whilst in the presence of their so called superiors

Somethings telling you to wake up and salute
The dangers of obedience and the violence of truth

God is evil, god is love
God is the force that possesses us
God is beauty, god is truth
God is the force that is watching over you

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh that's bad stuff

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

but that keyboard line!

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Very breathy delivery. I gave this to a cute girl in the 9th grade because it made me feel like a big homo at the time. In 9th grade, I was concerned with music being too "gay."

asdf troll, Monday, 29 November 2004 21:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm not especially critical in that I can tolerate most everything, *however* I hate The The. "Infected" made me want to tear my hair out and I heard part of this and it made me want to die. So pretentious in the worst way possible. I'm not even sure why it bothers me so much. The cover is awful.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OK, so maybe I am not too dense but just lack the breadth to catch any Lennon allusion. All I know about Lennon, musically, is the Legend compilation so if it isn't on there then I probably haven't heard it. and if it is on there then it probably gets filed in the
"never listened the lyrics close enough" pile.

gspm (gspm), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Well, Lennon was singing that "Woman is the NIgger of the World", so the connection really ends there....unless "nigger of the world" is some established indelicate euphemism for "opporessed individual".

Personally speaking, I don't believe Johnson was using the term in an offensive way. He's decrying the world for treating these individuals like "niggers".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just outta curiosity, Dan, how did you feel about "Rock'n'Roll Nigger" by Patti Smith?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

To date I've never heard that song because of the title.

Also, there are far too many allusions to the situation in Africa circa 1987 for that particular "niggers of the world" to not include the specific racial overtone.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 29 November 2004 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Call me a PC prude, but I've never felt comfortable with any use of the word.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wow, Spencer unleashing the hate there!

Matt Johnson is someone I enjoy and don't enjoy in almost equal measure. His career as such is so wonderfully random at points in the eighties that I'm downright amazed -- he's one of the chief collaborators on Marc Almond's brilliant, weird solo debut Untitled, for instance. My review of 45 RPM on the AMG sums up my ambiguous appreciation though it's a positive piece in general. I don't think I would need more than that comp these days, though Burning Blue Soul is the possible exception.

To my mind, the best thing Johnson ever did was the set at the first KROQ Weenie Roast in 1993, second from the top -- he started with a slow, monstrous but stripped down version of "Infected" that's better than any recorded take, and the version of "Love is Stronger Than Death" was harrowingly beautiful. Mind Bomb couldn't touch it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm always uncomfortable about art-crowd artists throwing racial epithets in my face as if to say, "See?! In your FACE, maaaan..." without really knowing how the word feels to those it's aimed at.

If that makes any sense, which it probably doesn't.

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that version of Infected is on the outtake album "Solitude" as "Dis-infected" and yes its awesome.

chaki in charge (chaki), Monday, 29 November 2004 23:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm always uncomfortable about art-crowd artists throwing racial epithets in my face as if to say, "See?! In your FACE, maaaan..." without really knowing how the word feels to those it's aimed at.
If that makes any sense, which it probably doesn't.

that does make sanse, in that there's only one context that these people will ever think of, and it's not the same one I'm thinking of. I don't really have time to be pc in the face of indie-rock racism

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 29 November 2004 23:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oops, sense, duh

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 29 November 2004 23:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sans sense, sensibly.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 29 November 2004 23:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't really have time to be pc in the face of indie-rock racism

OTM.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 29 November 2004 23:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this was my first The The album, and I would love it less if I had heard Infected or Dusk first. so I'm glad I didn't.

the "niggers of the world line" I'm sure is a Lennon reference, but mainly (as Alex says) an accusation that rich westerners contributing to charity for brown people far away (or rich western rockstars organising charity?) view the objects of their largesse with patronising or contemptuous eyes. it's terrible heavy-handed student wankery, but far from the worst offender on that score across the album.

Really dark and interesting production.

nb Naked Self recorded live in studio! (Dusk too but more post-production & overdubs & whatnot on the latter)

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 12:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like some of The The. But Matt Johnson does leave me with the impression of someone cramming a message down my throat til I gag and pounding away at the obvious.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 13:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

10 minus points for the disgraceful new cover art on all of the lp re-issues. what the fck is he playing at?

soul mining still the best by a country mile.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 30 November 2004 14:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the "niggers of the world line" I'm sure is a Lennon reference, but mainly (as Alex says) an accusation that rich westerners contributing to charity for brown people far away (or rich western rockstars organising charity?) view the objects of their largesse with patronising or contemptuous eyes.

This is the _Heart Of Darkness_ argument all over again.

When you add "What makes us ashamed to be white?" to "niggers of the world", you do not get criticism of how the white people treat said brown people like niggers; you get criticism of how the white people aren't treating the niggers the way they should be treated. The patronizing contempt is inherent in the criticism and not at all addressed by the song.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 14:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(I have to say Dan's been on fire throughout this thread.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes that is a very good point very well made.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 30 November 2004 15:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

("If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today/he'd be gunned down cold by the CIA!")

Let's get this back on track. If Matt Johnson were to redo this song today, perhaps he'd write, "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today/he'd be run right out of the CIA!"

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 15:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

**What say you of Mind Bomb? Thoughtfully Explosive or a dim-bulbed dud of a damp squib?**

It's utterly worthless, as is all of his post-Soul Mining work. Wretchedly heavy-handed hectoring tripe - like spending the evening with the pub-bore. Soul Mining is terrible too come to think of it.

(BTW - I think the drummer is David Palmer ex-ABC, not David Robinson)

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The question is really more about whether Johnson fucked up and completely misspoke with those lyrics or is he playing the role of the bigoted bigheart liberal or is he actually a bigoted bigheart liberal.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AKA the "Copkiller" defense...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(BTW - I think the drummer is David Palmer ex-ABC, not David Robinson)

I think you're right, Doc, actually. Apologies.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I remember buying this the same day as MBV's Isn't Anything. I found MBV to be far superior.

Bimble (bimble), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hmm, Dan, I'll have to think abt this. I bought Mind Bomb when it came out but had never noticed those lyrics till you pointed 'em out today. My instintual reaction based on what lil I know abt him is that it was a heavyhanded liberal thang, have to go back to the lyrics and think abt what was goin' on in Africa at that point that was such a telling point for you. I dunno.

otherwise

I love love love Soul Mining and have found the albuns since to be dimnishing returns (actually heard Infected first but after discovering Soul Mining was lost) Mind Bomb has a cpl great songs but as an album does now wear well for me.

H (Heruy), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 19:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In fact, "ShrunkenMan" is one of the 10 best songs of the decade. Flat-out.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have NakedSelf with me, as well; I remember liking it but still thinking Infected was still the best album, mostly because of "Sweet Bird of Truth" and the awesome horns that were later sampled for a remix of Queen Latifah's "Dance For Me".

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Sweet Bird of Truth"

This was one of the most influential songs on my developing teenage music consciousness.

"Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire)" was even more so.

Those two tracks do nothing short of fry minds and kick asses.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I heard (and loved) the Latifah track first, so imagine the boggling when I heard Infected approx. 18 months later...

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha "The Beat(en) Generation" is also kind of a dick.

Basically I am wondering why I listened to this album so much when I was 14.

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

A single 60-minute disc of The The's greatest songs would be peerless. I'm only putting the first two I mentioned from this album in it.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

And nothing pre-Infected because I haven't heard anything from that period that's done much for me.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 17:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

expect to hear the great man return later this year
- though not in the way you'd possibly expect/want.

mark e, Friday, 19 June 2009 17:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

i was once in a pub beer garden taking it easy when i saw matt heading towards the bar.
my head raced with the idea i should go and say hello, but my shaking knees said not too given he doesn't come across as the most approachable person.
needless to say when my nerves were beaten into submission, the man had gone.

mark e, Friday, 19 June 2009 18:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Jesus, that was hard.

1) GMB
2) ShrunkenMan
3) OOTB(ITF)
4) Dogs Of Lust
5) DecemberSunlight
6) Sweet Bird Of Truth
7) Slow Emotion Replay
8) August & September
9) VoidyNumbness
10) Lonely Planet

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 18:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

trimming it down to 10, or making it up to 10 ?

mark e, Friday, 19 June 2009 18:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol the former obv

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 18:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Actually, there's an argument which states that BoilingPoint >> GMB, but I'm not making it here and now.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Friday, 19 June 2009 18:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

(ps: I agree that Nakedself is much, much better than Mind Bomb, even if no single song is as great as "Good Morning, Beautiful".)

HIS VAGINA IS MAKING HIM CRAVE SALAD. (HI DERE), Friday, 19 June 2009 18:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

guess which song is fitting my mood perfectly tonight

a used up cumrag who now plays NFL for the Bengals (acoleuthic), Monday, 16 November 2009 22:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

and its brother....lust....

a used up cumrag who now plays NFL for the Bengals (acoleuthic), Monday, 16 November 2009 22:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

my feelings towards matt johnson have been somewhat changed by the sequence of events described in the luke haines book.

piscesx, Monday, 16 November 2009 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Um, what sequence of events?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 02:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven’t read the book, but presumably the Johnson-kicking-the-Auteurs-off-a-support-slot and them calling each other grumpy pricks in the press kerfuffle that Haines milked for press back in 1993.

zing touch me I'm (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2009 04:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

i saw that tour.
the auteurs were fucking boring.
(and in recent times i have said as much to the cellist ..)

mark e, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 08:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

the "niggers of the world line" I'm sure is a Lennon reference, but mainly (as Alex says) an accusation that rich westerners contributing to charity for brown people far away (or rich western rockstars organising charity?) view the objects of their largesse with patronising or contemptuous eyes.
This is the _Heart Of Darkness_ argument all over again.

When you add "What makes us ashamed to be white?" to "niggers of the world", you do not get criticism of how the white people treat said brown people like niggers; you get criticism of how the white people aren't treating the niggers the way they should be treated. The patronizing contempt is inherent in the criticism and not at all addressed by the song.

― The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, November 30, 2004 2:52 PM (7 years ago)

since our recent chat on the other thread re this point DJP it has been playing on my mind.
i too have always been uncomfortable re this lyric, and have no recollection if matt has ever been asked and responded to the use of the word.
so, via a connection, i have forwarded this point to see if he will answer, and se the record straight.

i suspect an all too typical wall of silence, but still, you never know ..

mark e, Wednesday, 7 November 2012 20:47 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

goddamn this album takes a dive after that first track

HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Please don't hesitate (imago), Thursday, 17 October 2013 01:11 (three years ago) Permalink

but what a first track!

HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Please don't hesitate (imago), Thursday, 17 October 2013 01:11 (three years ago) Permalink

My elder brother had this on tape so I used to listen to it. I cant remeber if I ever really liked it or not (I have a feeling I didnt) but 14 year old me thought that Jesus-CIA line was like so deep man.

Old Boy In Network (Michael B), Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:21 (three years ago) Permalink

I love his earnest philosophical wrangling.

Anyway, the music and playing is so great across the board on the The The records that I can handle the lyrical stumbles.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:04 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Pretty nice write-up here: http://thequietus.com/articles/16952-the-the-mind-bomb-anniversary-review

When it came out, it certainly felt like a bit of a let-down compared to the previous two albums but it has certainly aged nicely what with the prophetic aspects and Johnny Marr's fantastic guitar.

I miss Matt.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:01 (two years ago) Permalink

I feel Matt peaked with the first version of "Uncertain Smile", so my fave album of his is Burning Blue Soul. I quite like "Gravitate To Me" though.

Paul, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:12 (two years ago) Permalink

xpost Wow, what an overheated, overwritten piece. Well-suited to the album, I suppose, which like most of his stuff is so musically sharp and on-point it offsets the OTT insanity of the vocals.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:42 (two years ago) Permalink

I've never heard this album, should I bother?

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Opening track in search of an album. Rescreen Infected or straight to Dusk imo

imago, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't get how one could dismiss the bulk of this so easily. I like Infected, and Dusk is my favorite, but most of this album is great.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, I know I've said it before, but this era of this band was so great live. Like, this is awesome, though I wish I could find the 1993 version:

htts://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6wa-qOb8eI

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:14 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6wa-qOb8eI

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:14 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So finally got around to listening to this. My initial impression is that the first half of the album does more for me than the second half, and some of the lyrics made me wince more than a little.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Thursday, 8 January 2015 01:43 (two years ago) Permalink

What, you don't like songs about being "all spurted out"?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 8 January 2015 03:13 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Holy shit, I had no idea that Matt Johnson was getting back - or got? - together with Johnny Marr to make new music.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:32 (six months ago) Permalink

I am looking at the lyrics to "The Violence of Truth" again and really, it's amazing that I gave this dude any chances beyond this album because everything about that song is 100% horrorshow.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:48 (six months ago) Permalink

i never did get a response ..
sorry.

mark e, Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:20 (six months ago) Permalink

ha I did wonder!

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:22 (six months ago) Permalink

imo DJP gave them more chances because he listened to Good Morning Beautiful again

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:46 (six months ago) Permalink

An idea which just came to mind. Somehow Johnny Marr seems to like to play guitar for singers who sing in a mannered style. And his guitar really fits well with them.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Theer is a new film out, The Inertia Variations, and it includes a new song from him. And both film and song are good. I went to a screening where Matt Johnson did a Q&A afterwards, and there should be a bunch of stuff coming out soon. Not a lot of it is new The The songs, though.

Frederik B, Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:32 (six months ago) Permalink

The film is a documentary about Matt Johnson, I should mention :)

Frederik B, Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up, had no idea.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 March 2017 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink

it has had five screenings in Sweden and one in Copenhagen

(±\ PLO;;;;;;; Style (sic), Friday, 24 March 2017 02:15 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6831Y1EPoqM

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:38 (four months ago) Permalink

kept my 7" sealed .. so not heard this yet.

mark e, Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:49 (four months ago) Permalink

ok, thats very Dusk sounding.

love it.

now lets have an album.

mark e, Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:50 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

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