May 11, 2016 – 4:29 am

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The Hague 1990/Amsterdam 2000 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Parkpop Festival, Den Haag (The Hague), The Netherlands; June 24, 1990. Very good FM broadcast. Live at Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; January 25, 2000. Very good FM broadcast (speed corrected).

In November 1977, Matt Johnson placed an advertisement in the NME, asking for “Bass/lead guitarist into The Velvet Underground/Syd Barrett”. Johnson later placed a second advertisement in the NME, stating his new influences as “The Residents/Throbbing Gristle”. The rest is the [Brit Pop? New Wave? Synth Pop?] band, The The, as we know it. In early 2015 Johnson told Uncut magazine that he was starting to write the first new (The The) song since 2000’s Nakedself. The album will be released some time in 2016.

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Thanks to delfman for sharing the Parkpop tracks at Dime.

FM  > wav (CoolEdit Pro) > cd > flac (xACT)
Interview track taped from TV (Rapido) > wav (CoolEdit Pro) > cd > flac (xACT)

Thanks to ziggyswoon; nateup2late; Hanko Schmidt and to syncopatico for sharing the Amsterdam show at Dime.

FM broadcast
Audience recording by Hanko Schmidt: Sony ECM-??? mic (?) > Sony MiniDisc recorder (?) > CD-R (first or second generation) > EAC v0.95b4 (secure) > FLAC Frontend 1.7.1 level 8
centre of venue; about 10 metres from stage

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Disc 1
The Hague; June 24, 1990
Track 101. Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 102. The Violence of Truth 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 103. Heartland 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 104. Infected 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 105. Uncertain Smile 6:20 (10.6MB)
Track 106. Another Boy Drowning [fade out] 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 107. Interview 5:26 (9.1MB)
35 mins

Disc 2
Amsterdam; January 25, 2000
Track 201. Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 202. Dogs Of Lust 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 203. Voidy Numbness 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 204. December Sunlight 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 205. The Beat(en) Generation 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 206. Global Eyes 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 207. Soul Catcher 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 208. This Is The Day 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 209. Shrunken Man 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 210. Swine Fever 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 211. Weather Belle 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 212. Infected 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 213. Salt Water 3:11 (5.3MB)
Track 214. Boiling Point 8:24 (14.1MB)
Track 215. Uncertain Smile 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 216. Phantom Walls (last minute or so from audience recording) 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 217. Love Is Stronger Than Death (audience recording) 5:59 (10.0MB)
80 mins

Matt Johnson - vocals, guitar
Eric Schermerhorn - guitar, backing vocals
Spencer Campbell - bass, backing vocals
Earl Harvin - drums, harmonium

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  1. 4 Responses to “THE THE - THE HAGUE 1990 / AMSTERDAM 2000”

  2. the The were a lot more than Brit Pop, New Wave, or Synth Pop. Beyond the influences listed above and in Matt Johnson’s NME ads for band members, Johnson has a deep understanding of The Beatles, especially. I bought the trilogy or (quadrilogy?) of the The records he put out in the early 90s. They’ve all stood the test of time. Beyond great musicianship, Johnson’s lyrics are often deep explorations of identity and Jungian self reflection. None other than the incomparable Johnny Marr of Smiths fame ripped the roof off many of the songs.

    Johnson has been content to lay low for a long time now, but he’s been very much of a political activist during his musical hiatus. Hope we do see new material from him this year as rumored.

    Thanks for sharing the shows.

    By JG on May 11, 2016

  3. Actually,the The’s 1995 tribute LP, “Hanky Panky” reveals Matt Johnson’s excellent updates on Hank William’s “Honky Tonkin’”, “I Saw The Light” and “I’m a Long Gone Daddy” among many other fine recordings…..

    By harmon on May 11, 2016

  4. Outstanding addition! Thank you Bigo!! Great, great band

    By bigfan on May 12, 2016

  5. In 1983 I had the pleasure and the privilege to interview the very gifted 21 years old Matt Johnson for a music mag in Switzerland. In the last decade he disappeared from my radar. I think he’s in film soundtracks now.

    By Tony Lauber on May 12, 2016

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