34-04478 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
[high resolution scan]

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.

TRACK LISTING

  1. THIS IS THE DAY
  2. MENTAL HEALING PROCESS

    US promotional 7-inch single
  3. THIS IS THE DAY (SHORT VERSION)    (Matt Johnson)    3:38
  4. THIS IS THE DAY (LONG VERSION)    (Matt Johnson)    4:54

    UK 12-inch single
  5. THIS IS THE DAY (EXTENDED VERSION)
  6. I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR TOMORROW (SPECIAL MIX)

CREDITS

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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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