The The mastermind Matt Johnson and a rotating cast of characters, which even included Smiths/Cribs/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr at one point, had a rather unusual run throughout the 1980s and 90s, with releases ranging from dance/pop music to a Hank Williams cover album to an industrial rock record, 2000’s NakedSelf, on Trent Reznor’s Interscope imprint, Nothing Records. As for the rest of the aughts, however, Johnson has been missing in action… until now.
Slicing Up Eyeballs reports that Johnson dropped his first collection of music as The The in over a decade via his official website yesterday: a soundtrack to indie thriller Tony, which was written and directed by his brother, Gerard Johnson. Available as a 68-page hardcover book/CD (complete with Matt Johnson-shot photographs), the soundtrack features 24 brand new tracks from The The, including “Our Secret Selves,” “Ultra Violate,” and more.
Purchase Tony: A Soundtrack by The The here and view the trailer below: