If we're gonna have dated 80s synthy pop, I'd rather have Simple Minds.
Tom, you should listen to some of their later stuff. Those videos are from their first album, and that's really the only time they sounded like that. The band got progressively darker and less synthy. In the mid 90's they even recorded an album consisting solely of reinventions of Hank Williams songs.
I doubt we could get Matt Johnson to Southern California, but it's nice to dream.
My favorites are Burning Blue Soul, Soul Mining & Infected but Naked Self is worth checking out. He's been active lately doing soundtrack work so that could be a sign that he might do another record or maybe tour. See below for more info on his latest release.
Cineola Volume 2: Moonbug, the soundtrack by THE THE to the award winning documentary feature film directed by Nichola Bruce is now available for purchase.
The film follows renowned photographer Steve Pyke on his extraordinary journey across America to meet, interview and photograph his childhood heroes – the men who went to the moon.
This 80 page deluxe hardback edition features 17 new tracks from THE THE, portraits of the Apollo astronauts by Steve Pyke, an extensive interview with Steve Pyke by Matt Johnson plus notes from the director and stills from the film.
Buy the Moonbug soundtrack Book/CD here
Visit Steve’s official site Pyke-Eye here
Read Pyke’s blog here
An extensive article about Pyke ‘The Englishman in New York talks portraits and cinematic influences’ by Peter Hamilton is in the February 2012 issue of the British Journal of Photography, available here