This Is the Day (song)

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"This Is the Day"
Single by The The
from the album Soul Mining
Released 2 September 1983
Format 7-inch single, 12-inch single
Recorded Advision and SARM Studios, London
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:59 (album version)
3:42 (single edit)
Label Epic
Producer(s) Paul Hardiman and Matt Johnson
The The singles chronology
"This Is the Day"

"This Is the Day" is a song written by Matt Johnson and originally released as a single by his band The The on 2 September 1983.[1] It reached number 71 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] A version of the song was included on the band's debut album Soul Mining, released in October 1983.

A re-recorded version of the song, re-titled "That Was the Day", was released as the lead track on the Dis-Infected EP in 1993. The EP reached number 17 in the singles chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "This Is the Day" – 3:42
  2. "Mental Healing Process" – 3:44
12" single
  1. "This Is the Day (Extended Version)" – 5:22
  2. "I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life) (Special Mix)" – 7:36

Manic Street Preachers version[edit]

"This Is the Day"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album National Treasures – The Complete Singles
Released 18 September 2011
Format Digital download, CD
Recorded Faster Recording Studios, Cardiff
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:37
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Loz Williams & Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Postcards from a Young Man"
"This Is the Day"
"Show Me the Wonder"

In September 2011, "This Is the Day" was covered by the Manic Street Preachers as a single to promote their National Treasures – The Complete Singles compilation album. The CD single was only available as a limited edition with the CD/DVD version of National Treasures on the HMV website.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "This Is the Day" – 3:37
  2. "We Were Never Told" – 3:20
HMV exclusive CD
  1. "This Is the Day"
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Genius"


  1. ^ "Record News". NME. 27 August 1983. p. 39. 
  2. ^ a b "THE THE – full Official Chart History – Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pre-order 'National Treasures' for exclusive extras". Retrieved 2 January 2012.