Mind Bomb

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Original UK CD album cover: The The - Mind Bomb

Mind Bomb is the 4th album by The The, released by Some Bizarre/Epic on July 11, 1989 and recorded between October 1988 and May 1989.

For this album, instead of getting a bunch of session musicians as he did previously, mainman Johnson assembled a real core band behind him to play the bulk of the instrumentation (additional flourishes were nevertheless provided by sessioneers, most notably keyboard player Wix). Instead of the darkly polished dance-pop stylings of earlier albums Soul Mining and Infected, Mind Bomb opens up the music to reveal a slow, winding textured world of sound, thanks in no small means to ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. It's serious rock of the highest order, influenced by politics and religion and romantic on the heavy side. The band would also play a world tour and record a follow-up, Dusk. After that, Johnson dissolved it and went about his business alone again.

Line-up

Tracks

Tracks written by Matt Johnson, except where noted.

  1. "Good Morning, Beautiful"
  2. "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)"
  3. "The Violence of Truth"
  4. "Kingdom of Rain" (duet with Sinéad O'Connor)
  5. "The Beat(en) Generation"
  6. "August & September"
  7. "Gravitate to Me" (Johnson - Johnson / Marr)
  8. "Beyond Love"
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