Music / The The

The The are an English new wave group that was popular among the college crowd mainly during The '80s. Singer/songwriter Matt Johnson is the only consistent member.


  • Burning Blue Soul, 1981
  • Soul Mining, 1983
  • Infected, 1986
  • Mind Bomb, 1989
  • Dusk, 1993
  • Hanky Panky, 1995
  • NakedSelf, 2000

Tropes associated with The The:

  • Airplane of Love: "This Is The Day" mentions this in the chorus:
    You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes
    You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky
  • Apocalypse How: For "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)", a Class 2.
  • Cover Album: Hanky Panky, a collection of Hank Williams covers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Matt.
  • Eagleland: A strong Type 2 in pretty much every song that refers to America.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Prior to the recording of Soul Mining, Matt released an experimental, largely instrumental solo album for 4AD entitled Burning Blue Soul. It has since been accepted as canon and re-issued under the The The moniker.
    • Earlier still, the group's debut single from 1979 "Controversial Subject" has a much more blatant Post-Punk sound than the Genre-Busting of later efforts.
  • I Am the Band: From 1982 to 1987, Matt didn't have a set lineup for The The, choosing to use various musicians for recording and touring.
  • Protest Song: A good portion of their discography is this. Infected and Mind Bomb are essentially Protest Albums.
  • Punny Name: "The Beat(en) Generation"
  • Revolving Door Band: From 1982 to 1987.
  • Shout-Out: The opening of "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" parodies the opening of the Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz".
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Two of 'em, in fact.