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The The’s Matt Johnson Returns





80s experimental auteur Matt Johnson (aka The The) has revealed he’s recording a new The The album, quitting making ‘song-based’ music in 2000 to concentrate on writing film soundtracks.


“Having been away for so long, I have almost forgotten who I used to be,” he told Uncut Magazine, “I almost forgot I was a songwriter in the first place, which is a horrible thing to say.”


His tour de force masterpiece remains 1983’s Soul Mining, an album he admitted in an earlier interview was seminal for more than just its haunting melodies and timelessly thought provoking existential lyrics.


“I’ve gone on record as saying that Soul Mining was the first Ecstasy album,” he recalled.


Copious amounts of the drug were consumed during the recording but, unfortunately, Soft Cell beat us to it with ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’,” he continued, “So The The were actually the second Ecstasy band.” (











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