The The has never really been a band, just an outlet for singer-guitarist Matt Johnson and his songs, his tales of dogs of lust and sweet birds of truth. Since the band formed in 1979, it's been Johnson and whatever lineup he happened to be playing with at the time. And though that's the way it's remained over the course of 20 years and nine albums, the supporting cast has never been irrelevant. Over the years, those groups have included a wide variety of collaborators, a roster that includes former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Squeeze keyboard player Jools Holland, Neneh Cherry, Marc Almond, David Johansen, and Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell. For Johnson, change is an important part of the process, something that needs to happen whether he... More >>>