The Art Of Noise ‎– Into Battle With The Art Of Noise

ZTT ‎– ZTIS 100
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, EP


A1 Battle 0:25
A2 Beat Box 4:48
A3 The Army Now 2:02
A4 Donna 1:44
B1 Moments In Love 10:15
B2 Bright Noise 0:05
B3 Flesh In Armour 1:24
B4 Comes And Goes 1:18
B5 Moment In Love 1:25

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Reissued in 1988 in a generic ZTT die cut cover.

"Into Battle with the Art Of Noise.
Made up in the capital February-August 1983.
into battle is dedicated to mister buddy rich.
This has been Number One in Zang Tuum Tumb's blue Incidental Series."

Side One: "There's Always Time"
Side Two: "Pinch Yourself"

Published by Perfect Songs - Unforgettable.
℗ and © 1983 ZTT
Manufactured by Island.

Track durations not listed on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side A): TOWNHOUSE ZTIS 100 A-1U-1-2 [Sideways '1']1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side B): ZTIS 100 B-1U-1-3 [Sideways '1']1


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January 19, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
I remember getting this in Redruth Woolies in Jan '84 in the bargain bin. Started DJing in 1989 and this has never left my [now virtual] record bag!
One of the most important releases of the '80s.


January 20, 2011
Great LP. Contains the DEFINITIVE version of Beatbox as heard in the film Breakdance, the only release containing it. Beware of the Beatbox 12"s as this is not the same as in the film. Great oldschool hip hop cut.


January 15, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
The Art of Noise was a funny little concept - with mixed response ever since they (re)formed. However, their earlier phase is definitive - in rhythm and melody structure, taking Cabaret Voltaire's cut-up technology steps further, forcing Kraftwerk down on their knees, providing additional sound tricks for Laurie Anderson, jogging along Telex, being obscure in the wake of The Residents, even revealing traces of later Laibach.

Their symphonic approach (excellent 'Moments In Love'), orchestral madness ('Flesh In Armour'), electronic funk ('Beat Box' and 'Donna') or simply taking the piss ('The Army Now' chasing aroung The Andrews Sisters' pop-refrain, or 'Bright Noise' lasting merely few seconds with a vocal swoosh), gives this early Art of Noise charm, with later releases slowly disappearing into club's standards.


December 14, 2004
edited over 13 years ago
From the sleeve:

"HUMMMM ALONG WITH...The Art of NOISE (a zang tuum tumb fantasy)

a. The group are perfectly capable of intelligent conversation.
b. They have an almost hygenic need for complications.
c. 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 likable.
d. They will never accept that a whole sentence can ever come from half a man.
e. 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.

BETWEEN jest AND ernest...BETWEEN love AND war... BETWEEN now AND then...HUUMMMM along with...

THE NOISE was executed by THE ART OF NOISE. Trevor Horn huummmmed along, "Pinch Yourself!". The Art of Noise are organized at the bank and in the mind of ZTT Records - but they dress themselves."


August 28, 2002
edited over 7 years ago

Their first release. This is pretty much the only place on vinyl where you could ever get the original version of "Beat Box". It's also rare to find on CD, too.

I first heard "Beat Box" around the time it came out, one Friday night while listening to a dance mix show on WDAO-FM, Dayton, Ohio's "soul" station at the time. It was totally different than anything else that was out at the time, kind of jarring to hear, being so bombastic and without vocals or even a familiar drum machine sound. At age 12 I considered it "breakdance music" and was rather pleased when my Mom liked it well enough to buy Into Battle for herself. Inevitably, it ended up in my permanent collection.