THE THE - "INFECTED" 1986
THE THE "INFECTED" 1986 INFECTED - The second album by Matt Johnson's The The following "Soul Mining" opens with this brilliant track. Kicking off almost with a gospel intro before hitting an infectious Synth Pop style beat, add some snarling Billy Idol-like vocals and it's already reaching "hit" status. An infectious (no pun intended) chorus emerges into a Synth Rock/New Wave hybrid. Just a class track. Criminally ignored only reaching 48 on the UK chart. OUT OF THE BLUE (INTO THE FIRE) - An engaging Punk Pop ballad, the musical intro reminds me of The Pretenders but quickly kicks into a track Iggy Pop would be proud of. Another gem merging New Wave with classic Punk elements. HEARTLAND - This single release reached number 29 on the UK chart. It is a beautifully composed track with an orchestral style backing. Add an awesome piano solo, some Soul driven vocals from Matt and a lovely harmonised chorus it makes for a great listen.