|This Is The Day|
|Produced by Paul Hardiman & Matt Johnson|
|Released on September 1983|
|UK CHART POSITION #71|
|Find it at GEMM|
|34-04478 w. company sleeve
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K ronomyth 2.03. THIS IS THE SONG. There’s really only the one reason why I like The The, and this is it. The rest of Matt Johnson’s songs are pretty depressing, but for five minutes there was this mistakenly optimistic eye in the storm when it seemed like, maybe, a lifetime (or at least an entire album) of disarmingly sweet songs were around the corner. Of course, the careful listener realizes early into “This Is The Day” that this isn’t really going to be that day. The song is a dreamer’s descent into better times, but he (and we) will have to wake up when the dream is over, and things will be exactly the way they were before. For me, that’s always been the appeal of the song: hearing the dreamer delude himself and knowing the outcome but being hopeful for him all the same since, really, we’re all waiting for our day. The promo version I own comes courtesy of Oswego’s own WSGO (they’re a sports radio station these days) and features an edited version that cuts out the intro, fades the ending early and undoubtedly shaves one of the closing choruses. I haven’t met the person yet who wanted this song to end after five minutes, so to the hack who thought of editing it: thanks for making the world one minute and 16 seconds suckier. For those of you who didn’t buy a promo copy from a radio station in upstate New York, you may have “Mental Healing Process” on the flip, a nonalbum track that later showed up on the ten-inch EP, The The Vs. The World.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||1983||Some Bizarre||7"/12||A/TA-3710||picture sleeve|
|US||1983||Epic||7PRO||34-04478||feat. A short & long|
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