In 1978 Tom Johnston was one of the original founding members of the innovative / under-rated band The The with Matt Johnson and Keith Laws on synthesiser… Tom Johnston’s cartoon work financed the band in the early days and Matt recalls that Tom even bankrolled the recording of The The’s first single “Controversial Subject” / “Black & White” in 1980 on cult label 4AD Records. Both tracks were produced by Tom’s friends Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis from influential and experimental art-punk / post-punk band Wire. Tom left The The in the early ’80s.
More recently Johnston produced Hip-Hop & Jungle remixes of The Muppets’ classic, “Mahna Mahna”, for his friend, movie director / producer Brian Henson. The record was made with Yello‘s producer, Ian Tregoning.