As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to  or 33⅓ or 45!

After the sad demise of The Smiths, guitarist Johnny Marr put his new-found free time to tremendous use. He (briefly) joined the Pretenders. He recorded with the Talking Heads and Kirsty MacColl. He formed Electronic with New Order’s Bernard Sumner. For me, though, his best work of that era occurred as a member of The The. Marr joined the band in 1988, and his influence was obvious on two amazing records: 1989’s Mind Bomb and 1993’s Dusk.

While on tour in support of Mind Bomb, The The released a stand-alone single entitled “Jealous Of Youth.” Matt Johnson is credited as the sole writer of the song, but Marr’s fingerprints are all over it. “Jealous Of Youth” is probably my favorite Marr moment from his tenure in The The, although “Gravitate To Me” and “Slow Emotion Replay” are not far behind. As always, Marr’s signature guitar work is instantly recognizable on all three tracks. Johnny was able to adapt his skills to fit almost any band, but the sound he created was always uniquely his.

Jealous Of Youth

The The: Jealous Of Youth

Epic Records, 1990

1. “Jealous Of Youth [7” Version] (Johnson)

Jealous Of Youth [7″ Version]

2. “Beyond Love” (Johnson)

Beyond Love

3. “Jealous Of Youth [12” Version] (Johnson)

Jealous Of Youth [12″ Version]

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Mind Bomb

The The: “Gravitate To Me” (Johnson/Marr)

From the album Mind Bomb

Epic Records, 1989

Gravitate To Me

Dusk

The The: “Slow Emotion Replay” (Johnson)

From the album Dusk

Epic Records, 1993

Slow Emotion Replay

Electric Landlady

Kirsty MacColl: “Walking Down Madison” (MacColl/Marr)

From the album Electric Landlady

Virgin Records, 1991

Walking Down Madison

Electronic_ Singles & B-Sides

Electronic: “Feel Every Beat [Single Remix]” (Sumner/Marr)

From the CD single Feel Every Beat

Original version from the album Electronic

Warner Brothers Records, 1991

Feel Every Beat [Single Remix]

Naked 2

Talking Heads: “(Nothing But) Flowers” (Talking Heads)

From the album Naked

Warner Brothers Records, 1988

(Nothing But) Flowers

 

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