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

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The first of many Art of Noise releases to confound collectors with artist and title information incorporated in Paul Morley's oft-pretentious and sometimes-cryptic prose, "Into Battle" is, according to Morley c. 2009, 'neither an album or a single or an EP - just a length of music that we put on a 12" record.' At the time of release, ZTT's own advertisements called it a single, it had a single's catalog number, and it charted as such, prompting chart rules to be adjusted to clarify just how long a 'single' could be. The ZTT website refers to it as an EP, an album, or neither (just a 'record' or 'release'). Morley himself called it an EP during the Value of Entertainment concert in 1985. Meanwhile, the music press called it an EP or a mini-album. On the U.S. dance chart, the format was unspecified when listing it as the source of the long version of "Beat Box", but it later climbed the Black LPs chart, despite being advertised as a 12" by Island in January 1984.

Even its title is a matter of contention. Catalogs, discographies, and the releases themselves variously list it as "Into Battle", "Into Battle with the Art of Noise", or just "The Art of Noise". It also charted in the U.S. as "Beat Box", being that country's only commercial release to contain the song at the time.

The cover art is based on that of The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Further Out (1961), and incorporates a section of the panel "The Knights of Christ" from Jan van Eyck's "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (1432).

Tracklist

Battle 0:25
Beat Box 4:48
The Army Now 2:02
Donna 1:44
Moments In Love 10:15
Bright Noise 0:05
Flesh In Armour 1:24
Comes And Goes 1:18
Moment In Love 1:25

Versions (16)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTIS 100 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP) ZTT ZTIS 100 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DMD 692 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12", TP) Island Records DMD 692 US 1983 Sell This Version
814 859-1 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records 814 859-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
DMD 692 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP, Promo) Island Records, ZTT DMD 692 US 1983 Sell This Version
0-96974 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12", EP) Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
CTIS 100 Art Of Noise* Into Battle With Art Of Noise(Cass, EP) ZTT CTIS 100 UK 1984 Sell This Version
0-96974 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
0-96974 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
13SI-237 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 13SI-237 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
13SI-237 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP, Promo) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 13SI-237 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
601 183, 601 183-213 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 601 183, 601 183-213 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
90137-4-B The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(Cass, EP) Island Records 90137-4-B US 1984 Sell This Version
ZTIS 100 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12", EP, RE) ZTT ZTIS 100 UK 1988 Sell This Version
842 840-4, 7 90137-4-B The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(Cass, EP, RE) ZTT, Island Records 842 840-4, 7 90137-4-B US 1991 Sell This Version
REP 5001 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(CD, MiniAlbum, RE + DVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC, All) Repertoire Records REP 5001 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
814 859-1 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP) ZTT, Island Records 814 859-1 France Unknown Sell This Version

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moogacid

moogacid

January 19, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", EP, ZTIS 100
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.
dragonhead00

dragonhead00

April 24, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", 0-96974
When I bought this EP new, it was packaged in a plain white sleeve with a center label window cutout. Has anyone else seen this EP release packaging? I know for a fact that I didn't change the sleeve. Thanks.
8o8scratch

8o8scratch

February 13, 2012
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", 0-96974

great single album,there is a double out there 10/10
Ackniculous

Ackniculous

January 20, 2011
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", EP, ZTIS 100
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.
Tuumble

Tuumble

February 12, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Into Battle With Art Of Noise, Cass, EP, CTIS 100
I believe that Moments in Love was edited to around 7 minutes for the cassette release.

If you look at the timings for each side there would be a huge differential in the timings for each side so it would make sense to do an edit.

I have heard a 7 minute edit recorded onto a blank tape which I've never seen listed elsewhere but cannot confirm if it definitely came from the Into Battle cassette.
Crijevo

Crijevo

January 15, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", EP, ZTIS 100
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.
onelittle

onelittle

December 14, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", EP, ZTIS 100
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."
mjb

mjb

August 28, 2002
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", EP, ZTIS 100

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.