Mind Bomb

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Mind Bomb
The The - Mind Bomb CD cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released11 July 1989
GenreAlternative rock, dance-rock, college rock
ProducerWarne Livesey, Roli Mosimann, Matt Johnson
The The chronology
Mind Bomb
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

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


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.

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]


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


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mind Bomb – The The". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ Heim, Chris (10 August 1989). "The The: Mind Bomb (Epic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ Mack, Bob (7 September 1989). "The The: Mind Bomb". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2017.