Welcome to THE THE’s Official Bootleg Series of recordings. The design is based on the bootlegs Matt collected in his late teens / early twenties.
Our bootlegs are presented as vinyl-look CDs with simple white labels, encased in our vintage-style, heavy card sleeve with hand-stamped numbering, debossed foil logo and a holographic stamp of authenticity, with description and track-listing inserts included.
The releases are retrieved from tapes in our large, dusty archive – each containing either demos, live or rare recordings, rough mixes, interviews or promotional performances. Each volume of our miniaturised digital version is mastered at Studio Cinéola. Due to the age and nature of these recordings certain imperfections and distortions may be audible at times.
Volume 002 was recorded somewhere, sometime in 1990 during the The The Versus The World tour. Some of these recordings may have appeared on earlier, unauthorised bootlegs. They have been cleaned up at Studio Cinéola. The interview between Dave Gottlieb and Matt Johnson was recorded in Times Square, New York in 1989.
1 GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL
2 THE MERCY BEAT
3 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR TOMORROW (ALL OF MY LIFE)
4 JEALOUS OF YOUTH
5 ANOTHER BOY DROWNING
7 BEYOND LOVE