After becoming a fan of The The, I was suprised and dissapointed to find that there wasn't a great deal of information on the internet about The The. I am a fan of Pink Floyd and perhaps I was spoiled by their very informative FAQ.... I created this FAQ to help cut down on repeat questions on Infected and to help new fans (like myself) catch up to the old timers.
Let me know!. I should write back to you within a week to let you know I received your letter. Depending on the suggestion, I will either add it to the FAQ or I'll send a note to infected asking for the group's decision.
On the net, and throughout this FAQ, there are in use quite a few abbreviations. We're lazy people, and don't like to type more than we have to. So, to help you understand what follows:
|BBS||Burning Blue Soul|
|PoD||Pornography Of Despair|
|BTW||by the way|
|IMHO||In my humble opinion|
|IMO||In my opinion|
|RoIO||Recording Of Illegitimate Origin|
Any others should (hopefully!) be understandable from the context.
There are not any books currently published specifically concerning The The, but there is an out-of-print book called "Infected" which chronicles the band and MJ's writings from 1979 through 1987.
There used to be a newsletter put out by The The / Sony, but it's been a while since the last newsletter. It's possible that it doesn't exist any longer.
The The's management (and reportedly even MJ himself on occassion) can be reached at :
There aren't really that many The The RoIOs out there at the present time. In case you do come across one, it's good to follow a few simple rules. The most important being: listen before you buy. If your local dealer doesn't allow you to listen to a RoIO before purchasing it then I suggest that you find a different store. When listening, just use your own judgement. The quality will be lower than what would be produced legitamately. A RoIO is generally for those fans who feel that the official stuff isn't enough to satisfy their appetites. A second thing to watch out for is skips and speed-up. As for skips, just make sure that your dealer will accept returns if a skip is found. Speed-up is a little harder to notice and probably won't effect your enjoyment of a recording. Speed-up is the term I am using to refer to the process of speeding up each individual song just a bit in order to fit all of the recording onto a disc. This is a fairly rare thing and doesn't normally diminish the quality of the recording.