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And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
Price: £51.63

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited bliss for AON fans everywhere!, 24 May 2007
This is a lovingly and carefully put together collection of memoirs and snippets from the editing room floor. All five members of Art of Noise have contributed to this, and it is a pleasure to see that JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan have given their input too, perhaps indicating that they've decided to put their past differences with ZTT behind them? This CD is informal and provides an interesting insight into life behind The Band Without A Face. A must - have for Art of Noise fans everywhere.


Paperhouse [DVD] (1988)
Paperhouse [DVD] (1988)
Dvd ~ Charlotte Burke
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Price: £5.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered work of genius, 25 April 2006
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This review is from: Paperhouse [DVD] (1988) (DVD)
Bernard Rose directs this thought provoking psychological thriller, based on a childrens book (which, incidentally, is just as disturbing as the film!).

Paperhouse has many twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and whilst the dream sequences become more and more disturbing, there are many moving scenes - the one that always sticks in my mind is Anna (Charlotte Burke) feverishly drawing the house of her dreams until dawn, with the beautiful 'Sanctus' from Gabriel Faure's 'Requiem' as the soundtrack; the aftermath of her illness, and the awkwardness of repairing the broken relationship with her father.

This is not just another scary film, it is also a deeply emotional story that moves me every time I watch it. The occasional continuity errors and dated special effects are easily overlooked by the brilliant performances by Charlotte Burke and Elliott Speirs, and the actual set of the Paperhouse itself is one that you won't forget in a hurry. A brilliant film that'll have you on the edge of your seat again and again.


You Rang, M'Lord? - The Complete First Series [1988] [DVD]
You Rang, M'Lord? - The Complete First Series [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Shane

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry and Croft at their best!, 19 Feb. 2006
I used to watch this show when I was about 10 and loved it, and I can't believe it was never released on video or DVD up until now, it was never even repeated on TV which was such a shame because You Rang M'Lord was brilliantly written as you would expect from Perry and Croft, and deserved so much more praise than it got.
Each character has been carefully crafted, my favourite has to be Henry and his brilliantly dry one - liners, and the rest of the cast were just superb - the team worked so well together - it's easy to see why they were in so many of the Perry and Croft sitcoms.


Below the Waste
Below the Waste

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really unusual album, 3 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Below the Waste (Audio CD)
This was the last album to be recorded before Art of Noise split back in 1990.
I think this is probably the most unusual of their albums, in that the content concentrates on genres other than their trademark electric sound (although there is plenty of that to keep the fans happy!). The tracks seem to alternate between electric and ambient/classical which gives the album a nice eclectic feel. I'm still sitting on the fence over the James Bond theme, but tracks like Yebo and Catwalk are great. Dilemma contains more of that Art of Noise sound, with samples from Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'. Dan Dare contains what sounds suspiciously like a sample from Michael Jackson's 'The way you make me feel' but I could be wrong there.
The album finishes with a classical track, which combines various pieces of music to create a rather poignant track with which to end the album. This is an extraordinary album, and it's a bit like Marmite - you'll either love it or hate it!!
Art of Noise never really followed the trends of the time (this was recorded when Kylie and Jason were at the top of the charts!) and I think that this album demonstrates this more than their other albums - but in a good way.


Into Battle With the Art..
Into Battle With the Art..

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for all fans......, 15 Dec. 2004
This is AoN's debut EP, with a couple of gems on it that you may or may not have heard before. Being a relatively new collector of all things Noisy, I grabbed a copy of this as soon as I could. Most of these tracks are on the albums 'Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise' and the compilation CD 'Daft', but this is a great collector's item, especially with the DVD which contains the original videos for 4 of their best known tracks.
Tracks to watch out for are 'Beatbox'and 'Moments in Love', which we all know, and 'Flesh in Armour' is a short but extremely aggressive track which still sounds fantastic today.
Look out for tracks 10 and 11, which are both variations of 'Close (to the edit)', and track 10 just blew my mind (and my speakers)when I heard it........


In visible silence (1986) [VINYL]
In visible silence (1986) [VINYL]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the critics......., 15 Dec. 2004
There are certain critics out there who slated AoN after they signed to China records. This is the first album of the China period, and I think it's great. This is actually my favourite of all of their albums. The tracks are upbeat (this album includes 'Peter Gunn' which was featured on the 1st Bridget Jones film). As is always the case with Art of Noise, you're are really getting something which stands out from other music of that time and I think that part of the appeal of AoN was that they were totally unpredictable - each track couldn't be more different from the next - who else could have the ingenuity of sampling a toilet flush or a starter motor on a car and turning it into music? Tracks to look out for are Legs, Instruments of Darkness, and Backbeat. If you can get your mitts on a copy of this, then buy it!
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Daft
Daft
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but strangely addictive......., 11 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
Guess what? I was only about three when Art of Noise were first formed, but I can clearly remember hearing Close (to the edit) and being completely freaked out! But about 20 years later I started listening to their stuff and it got me hooked. If you asscociate Art of Noise with tracks like Close (to the edit) and Moments in Love, then this is the album for you. Each track is totally different (and sometimes rather disturbing - check out Memento and How to Kill and you'll see what I mean).
Tracks like Donna and Snapshot are great synth tracks with a lovely rich sound. If you loved the early days of Art of Noise, then this is an essential album for you to buy.


The Seduction of Claude Debussy
The Seduction of Claude Debussy

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Noise as you've never heard them before!, 22 Jun. 2002
Forget the magical 'Moments In Love' and manic 'Close (To the Edit)', The Seduction of Claude Debussy is a far cry from the Art Of Noise from the early eighties.With an all new line up (But sadly no JJ Jeczalik or Gary Langan), and some great vocalists, this CD tells a musical story about Debussy using a perfect blend of classical, opera, dance, drum and bass with narration by John Hurt. Only the Art of Noise could get away with such an unusual combination and make it sound good. Thinking it doesn't sound like your cup of tea? Just listen to it, you won't be disappointed! The Art of Noise have come bang up to date (this was only released in 1999), signed back to ZTT and created an album unlike any other you will have heard before. Go on, try it!!!!
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