Reason #434 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?

art ofThis…is simply one of the most brilliant and influential albums to ever grace my record collection. To me, it is up there with the Velvet Underground or The Stooges as far as the musical and visual impact and it’s sound had on a generation. Trevor Horn, Paul Morley and Anne Dudley create here a frightening work of funky brilliance, and while it may not be an easy listen it is definitely a rewarding one. I still find the sound of it groundbreaking and fresh even though it has been co-opted by a thousand producers since it came out. Trevor Horn would put out more commercially accepted and popular albums, and Anne Dudley is now an Oscar nominee for her film scores, but they would never be able to top this one album in my opinion. Really great video for Close (To The Edit) below, too! Fans of Yes and the role Trevor Horn played in their early ’80’s sound will get that reference.

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