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 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 005 features an acoustic set performed live on radio during one of the American legs of the Naked Self tour of 2000. Matt Johnson: vocals & acoustic guitar, Eric Schermerhorn: acoustic guitar. Some of these recordings may have appeared on earlier, unauthorised bootlegs but these versions have been cleaned up and mastered at Studio Cinéola.
1 ARMAGEDDON DAYS (are here again)
2 SOUL CATCHER
3 THIS IS THE DAY
4 WEARY BLUES FROM WAITIN’
5 THE BEAT(en) GENERATION
6 PHANTOM WALLS
7 LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEATH