Mind Bomb

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Mind Bomb
The The - Mind Bomb CD cover.jpg
Studio album by The The
Released July 11, 1989
Genre Alternative rock, dance-rock, college rock
Length 46:11
Label Epic
Producer Warne Livesey, Roli Mosimann & Matt Johnson
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Mind Bomb is the third studio album by The The, released by Some Bizzare/Epic on July 11, 1989 and recorded between October 1988 and May 1989.


For this album, instead of recording with numerous session musicians as he did previously, Matt Johnson assembled a genuine 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 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.

Track listing[edit]

Tracks written by Matt Johnson, except where noted.

  1. "Good Morning, Beautiful" - 7:28
  2. "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - 5:40
  3. "The Violence of Truth" - 5:40
  4. "Kingdom of Rain" - 5:51
  5. "The Beat(en) Generation" - 3:04
  6. "August & September" - 5:45
  7. "Gravitate to Me" - 8:09 (Johnson, Johnny Marr)
  8. "Beyond Love" - 4:22


The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]