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Dec 6 2012

The The – ‘Infected’ LP test pressing and proof cover

Digging in the MVE in Berwick St. yesterday I came across this in the mid-price section. It appears to be a test pressing of The The‘s classic ‘Infected’ LP with uncut / glued cover and inner sleeve plus Epic credit sheet. This album (by Matt Johnson – who I worked with on ‘The Search Engine’ – and collaborators) is one of my all time favourite records EVER. Serious Desert Island Disc stuff which will stay with me until I die.

I already own the original vinyl, CD, remastered CD and limited ‘Torture’ cover with poster versions. I even had a signed proof cover of another, largely unknown sleeve design with a cow skull on it that I bought from Andy Dog (the cover artist and Matt’s brother) years ago but it was mistakenly thrown out in a house move as it was stored inside a 12″ mailer! Gutted…

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm under Records. You can follow these comments using the RSS feed. You can trackback from your own site or leave a comment below..


  1. Beauty, fave album too… one of the first vids I ever saw was the VHS containing the whole album’s vids, and it blew me away. Must have been around ’86-’87. Follow Matt and have always followed his music.
    What a find!

    Comment by Anythingsurf on December 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  2. Big fave of mine at the time too. I had the Tortue sleeve of the LP and the rather amusing original cover of the single:


    Comment by jim on December 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  3. Good memories: watching the Infected video movie on late night telly with my (very traditional) father when I was a kid, and him loving it nearly as much as I did.
    Bad memories: listening to Soul Mining and writing terrible poetry as an angsty teenager!!
    Thanks for all the great stuff on the site – I can’t believe I didn’t know about ‘hip hop family tree comics’ – incredible!

    Comment by tom on January 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm


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