ZANG TUMMM TUMB ARTICLES “the first draft of history”

BLACK CONTEMPORARY

ART OF NOISE (Island 7-99782)
Beat Box (2:55) (Unforgettable Songs Ltd./Adm. Island Music Inc.—BMI) (Dudley/Horn/Jeczalik/Langan/Morley) (Producer: Art Of Noise)

Already a sizable (read: huge) dance floor hit, its now radios turn. Basically this ones all synthed-up rhythms and Laurie Anderson phone-booth-in-outer-space-style vocals (such as they are). The Linn drum machine clicks and ticks along real nice and steady, which again raises the issue of how funky can a machine ultimately get or do we really need performers to make music at all anymore?