November 26, 2012 by sshhoobbmmxxbblloogg
(Who’s Afraid Of?) The Art of Noise! was Art of Noise‘s debut full-length album, released in 1984, and featured the UK hit singles “Close (To the Edit)” which reached No. 8 in the UK chart in November 1984 and the double A-sided “Moments in Love“/”Beat Box“, which made it to No. 51 during April 1985 in the UK.
Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 76 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.
All you need to know really is that it was a breakthrough in sampling, where most bands had used samples as an adornment, TAON composed pieces almostly exclusively from samples taken straight off the Fairlight CMI… state of the art at the time, but ultimately paving the way for sample heavy acts from Coldcut to The Avalanches via The KLF.