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"Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" by The The (1989)

(Crossposted at "Music For My Daughter," a future conversation with my kid about music that matters to her father)

The The, led by Matt Johnson, made some incredible records, including Mind Bomb, the album from which this track comes.  It’s assertive, thought-provoking music that just rocks.  Johnny Marr, from The Smiths, plays some really wicked guitar on this album.

I listened to this a lot when I was in the service, in the days leading up to, during, and long after what would be called Desert Storm.  A fellow airman I met and initially disliked introduced me to this record.  This guy was cynical, sarcastic, and one of the smartest persons in our unit (which is sort of an inside joke).  So of course, we hit it off.  We’re still friends to this day.

You have to appreciate people who point you to great art and/or new horizons.  That’s what friends are for.  And you never know where you’ll find them.

This album, along with some others, opened my eyes a little bit to things I hadn’t really thought about before.  So I hope that one day you’ll really listen to this, maybe think about what it means to you and your place on this planet.

Consider one line from this song:

"If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today, he’d be gunned down cold by the CIA."

We desperately need artists like Mr. Johnson to point these things out to us, if only to pose the question, and spark some debate.

(thanks to blackreaperman for the YouTube upload, including some unfortunately apt images)

Originally posted to joad on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM PST.

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  •  There HAVE to be other The The fans at DKOS (6+ / 0-)

    No?

    •  the one I remember is (4+ / 0-)
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      joad, tethys, Texanomaly, Johnny Q

      The Beat(en) Generation

      When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
      Of this once proud nation
      Can you sense the fear and the hatred
      Growing in the hearts of its population

      And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
      By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

      The beaten generation
      The beaten generation
      Reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation
      The beaten generation
      The beaten generation
      Open your eyes
      Open your imagination

      We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
      And hypnotised by the satellites
      Into believing what is good and what is right

      You may be worshipping the temples of mammon
      Or lost in the prisons of religion
      But can you still walk back to happiness
      When you've nowhere left to run?

      The beaten generation
      The beaten generation
      Reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation
      The beaten generation
      The beaten generation
      Open your eyes
      Open your imagination

      And if they send in the special police
      To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
      Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
      When they tell us justice is being done
      That freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

    •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      joad, Texanomaly

      Loved The The when I was a college DJ back in the late 80's.

      AND, those 6-8 minute songs are great when you need to run to the bathroom.

      OMG, I am so effing old.

      And what "This Is The Day" has to do with M&Ms, I'll never know, but at least one of the good guys is getting royalties.

      Tikkun Olam...Obama '08

      by tethys on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:47:45 PM PST

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      •  Hahaha, yeah, the M&M commercial (1+ / 0-)
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        tethys

        While I hate when they use great songs in ads, I have to say I'm glad the bands get the exposure.

        And it really points to the fact that there are SOME people on Madison Avenue who have decent taste in music.

  •  The The is massively full of win (2+ / 0-)
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    joad, tethys

    God will remind us what we already know
    That the human race is about to reap what it's sown

    Where the hell did Matt Johnson slip off to anyway?

    "What if everybody thought like you?" "Then I'd be a damn fool to think otherwise."-- Catch 22

    by Johnny Q on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:46:23 PM PST

    •  Indeed. Lots of good stuff just in this track (0+ / 0-)

      Apparently The The (mostly just Matt Johnson?) has a 1997 album that hasn't been released yet.  According to Wikipedia (yes, I had to look it up), one single is available as a download.

      I like to hear the new music.

  •  I Love The The (3+ / 0-)
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    joad, tethys, Texanomaly

    Always have, since their very first record. I was a nightclub dj then and always played their extended versions for my dance floors. Still enjoy the music very much. Favorite track?  Kingdom Of Rain.  

    •  Ah yes, with Sinead (0+ / 0-)

      And I've heard some of the dance remixes of their tracks, and some of them are awesome.  Did they do the remixes, or did DJ's of the day do them?

      •  Uncertain (0+ / 0-)

        Since the various vinyl singles are scattered through my collection, which is filed by BPMs, I can't say.  I thought a look at the limited edition "hardback" version of the CD "45 RPM" might contain the info, as it has 8 extended remixes on a bonus disc.  But alas, the  booklet has no information on who did the remixes.  Perhaps a trip to www.thethe.com might give a clue, but it's too late for me to go there now.  Happy Hunting!  

  •  LOVE the the. (3+ / 0-)
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    joad, wvhillrunner, Johnny Q

    I am old.  
    Mind Bomb.  Great album.  Ahh, misspent youth.

    Prosecute Bush & Co. Dallas doesn't want him.

    by Texanomaly on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:57:50 PM PST

  •  just looked at your blog, (1+ / 0-)
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    joad

    are you sure we're not twins?  I mean, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?  Dude.  You are at one with my musical insides.  Freeeky-deeeky.  I will give your blog a closer look when I have some time this weekend!  What a great idea for a blog.  Love it.  

    Prosecute Bush & Co. Dallas doesn't want him.

    by Texanomaly on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 02:15:20 PM PST

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