|Studio album by|
|Released||11 July 1989|
|Genre||Alternative rock, dance-rock, college rock|
|Producer||Warne Livesey, Roli Mosimann, Matt Johnson|
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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.
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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