Soul Mining is the debut album by British post-punk/synthpop band The The. The 1981 album Burning Blue Soul was originally credited to the band's frontman Matt Johnson as a solo album, but later reissues now credit it to The The. Soul Mining was released in the UK on 21 October 1983 on Some Bizarre Recordsand included versions of the UK singles "Uncertain Smile" which reached no. 68 in December 1982, "Perfect" which made no. 79 in February 1983, and "This Is the Day" which reached no. 71 in September 1983. The album peaked at number 27 in the UK album chart. It has appeared on several lists as one of the best albums of the 1980s.