Matt Johnson (born 15 August 1961) is a singer/songwriter best known as the vocalist and only constant member of his band The The.
The single “Perfect” was recorded in 1982 in New York with Mike Thorne producing, after The The had been signed by Epic Records in the USA. However, the relationship between Johnson and Thorne quickly deteriorated as a result of Johnson’s heavy drinking and drug use, and disagreements between the pair over the songs’ production. The sessions were eventually abandoned and Johnson returned to London and began recording with Thorne’s former engineer Paul Hardiman, reworking the single.
“Perfect” features harmonica playing by New York Dolls singer David Johansen, a friend of Thorne’s. The song was remixed by Johnson and Hardiman, only keeping Johansen’s contribution from the original single. The new version was added on to the end of the US version of Soul Mining, and later to the CD versions, a fact which irritated Johnson who felt it was an unnecessary addition to the album.
“Perfect” made no. 79 on the UK charts in February 1983
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