On October 21st 1983, The The released their debut studio album Soul Mining. The record was the follow up to frontman Matt Johnson’s solo debut Burning Blue Soul, which was released on 4AD in 1981.
Soul Mining was released on the infamous Some Bizarre label, and is a post-punk and synth-pop record which takes influences from the early 1980s New York club scene, with lyrics penned by Johnson’s that explore subjects like doubts and insecurities in relationships, social alienation, all through the lens of imagery received from dreams.
The album’s cover artwork was created by Matt Johnson’s brother Andrew, aka “Andy Dog”, which is a painting of one of the wives of Fela Kuti smoking a spliff, adapted from a photograph Andy had seen in the British music, fashion and culture magazine The Face.
Soul Mining included the singles “Uncertain Smile”, “Perfect”, and “This Is the Day”, the latter of which is notably The The’s most recognizable song.
“I’ve Been Waitin’ for Tomorrow (All of My Life)”
“This Is the Day”
“The Sinking Feeling”
“The Twilight Hour”
The songs “Perfect” and “Fruit of the Heart” were not included on the original UK Vinyl but were found on the versions issued in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. The songs were, however, included in the UK cassette release, along with “Three Orange Kisses from Kazan”, “The Nature of Virtue”, “Mental Healing Process”, and “Waitin’ for the Upturn”.