|Studio album by|
|Released||11 July 1989|
|Genre||Alternative rock, dance-rock, college rock|
|Producer||Warne Livesey, Roli Mosimann, Matt Johnson|
|The The chronology|
For this album Matt Johnson assembled a full band version of The The, retaining his role as singer, primary songwriter, frontman and guitarist (and playing keyboards and other instruments in the studio), but bringing in former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr (whom he'd known since the early 1980s, and whom he'd attempted to entice into an earlier version of The The prior to Marr forming The Smiths). Completing the lineup was former Julian Cope band bass guitarist James Eller and session drummer David Palmer (while D.C. Collard provided live keyboards). Additional instrumentation on Mind Bomb was provided by sessioneers, most notably keyboard player Wix.
Instead of the darkly polished dance-pop styling 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. Lyrical subjects include politics, religion, and romance. 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. A remastered version of the album was released in 2002.
Tracks written by Matt Johnson, except where noted.
- "Good Morning, Beautiful" – 7:28
- "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" – 5:40
- "The Violence of Truth" – 5:40
- "Kingdom of Rain" – 5:51
- "The Beat(en) Generation" – 3:04
- "August & September" – 5:45
- "Gravitate to Me" – 8:09 (Johnson, Johnny Marr)
- "Beyond Love" – 4:22
- Matt Johnson – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Johnny Marr – guitar, harmonica
- James Eller – bass guitar
- David Palmer – drums
- Sinéad O'Connor – female vocal on "Kingdom of Rain"
- Wix – piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, accordion
- Warne Livesey – keyboards, banjo, acoustic guitar
- Pandit Dinesh – percussion
- Danny Cummings – percussion
- Pedro Haldermann – percussion
- Chris White – saxophone
- Philip Todd – saxophone
- Ashley Slater – trombone
- John Eacott – flugel horn
- Mark Feltham – harmonica
- Danny Thompson – upright bass on "August & September"
- Sarah Homer – clarinet
- Dai Pritchard – bass clarinet
- Hilary Storer – oboe
- Gavyn Wright – Arabian fiddle
- Astarti String Section – strings
Artwork and typography by Fiona Skinner. Photography Andrew MacPherson. Back cover image was created to reference photomontagist John Heartfield Der Sinn von Genf The Meaning of Geneva AIZ Cover, Berlin, Germany, 1932
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- Mack, Bob (7 September 1989). "The The: Mind Bomb". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
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