Art of Noise
Into battle with Art of Noise
Format: Compact cassette
Label: Zang Tuum Tumb
Catalogue ref.: CTIS100
Release date: 26 March 1984
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Chart position: USA Billboard Top Black Albums: (Peak 5/5/1984) 21
Sleeve design: XL Design; ZTT
Photographer: AJ Barratt
Occasionally the tracklisting printed on the sleeve art of a release isn’t 100% accurate. Tracks may be missing, mixes unspecified or misnamed. For this reason a more accurate actual tracklisting is shown alongside the printed tracklisting.
INTO BATTLE WITH ART OF NOISE
THE ARMY NOW
MOMENTS IN LOVE
FLESH IN ARMOUR
COMES AND GOES
moment in love
c. The group are perfectly capable of intelligent conversation.
d. They have an almost hygienic need for complications.
e. In any given year the group will: respect everyone; die in the field of honour; vote for so and so; respect nature and painting; consider themselves likeable.
f. They will never accept that the whole sentence can ever come from half a man.
g. It took the most advanced electronic equipment imaginable for the group to execute this, their first collection of noise. And a strange way of breathing.
the army now
MOMENTS IN LOVE
flesh in armour
comes and goes
moment in love
the art of noise dance
INTO BATTLE WITH THE ART OF NOISE
“to the death for life”
Although this cassette contains the same catalogue number as the first incident—
The words taken from the sleeve of the American Edition of ‘Into Battle’.
The Capital, 3.10p.m. October 25th, 1983
Art of Noise were formed in January 1983 and signed to Zang Tuum Tumb in February. They spent six months in the studio taking notes, taking time, and talking fast. They knew that Heraclitus was right when he said ‘Life is War’, and that the syllables ‘happy’ had something jaunty about them, something brisk and bouncy. ‘Be happy or die’ they cried, half meaning it.
Their first record was release in Britain in September 1983. A nation paralysed by worry and dumb with apathy took one look at ‘Into Battle’ and didn’t know whether to get emotional, get embarrassed or blurt out rude criticism. Some critics swallowed it, and some spat it out. The New Musical Express decided that ‘Into Battle’ proved that nothing need fall outside the popular imagination, that everything is possible. Record Mirror wondered what the point of it all was. Melody Maker suggested that here was inconsequental tampering with noise for the sake of it, that it was ‘nothing’. Sounds thought that it contained some of the most compulsive music released commercially for years. The Face considered it ‘self-consciously modern’ and believed they could make the noise in their own home. The Capital’s magazines thought it weird, sublime, ridiculous and startling, they couldn’t begin to explain its power.
Art of Noise concluded that all critics have large thumbs and disappeared to prepare their next record. Meanwhile, letters flooded in to the Zang Tuum Tumb record company building from all over Europe congratulating the group on producing something so ribald, thoughtful and happy.
Art of Noise looked around them and thought:
“Well! That’s life”
They were almost right.
The Art of Noise are a Zang Tuum Tumb fantasy. Anything in oil on a flat surface holds their attention, war to them is a form of dancing, they like to hunt hazel nuts and arrange buttons, and they never learnt to speak French properly.
THE NOISE was elevated by THE ART OF NOISE. Trevor Horn came along. Further information about Art of Noise, and information about all other Zang Come Tumb entertainers is available from: The Z.T.T. Building. 8-10 Basing Street, London W11. Enclose a s.a.e.
the art of noise refuse to blame themselves
the art of noise think
CTIS 100 (the cassette)
Manufacturer by Island
Made up in the capital February—
Also: ‘Beat Box’ (Diversion 1 + 2)—
published by perfect songs—
produced by art of noise
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