On the artwork side of things: you were pretty instrumental on the direction of it. Were you bringing in reams of text to be interpreted by XL?”
Paul Morley: Pretty much early on, for the first one, which was ‘Into Battle’ – I just nicked the image from a book.”
It’s a Van Eyck painting… (‘The Knights of Christ’ – part of the Ghent Altarpiece)
“…yeah, and gave it them along with a Dave Brubeck sleeve that it is, in fact, identical to.”
“Yeah, there’s a Dave Brubeck sleeve (‘Time Further Out – Miro Reflections’ by the Dave Brubeck Quartet) and it is absolutely identical. I mean the positioning is identical and I love the idea of going into battle and I love the idea of us wearing armour and I love the whole idea of presenting something that wasn’t an album, wasn’t a single… what was it? That was wonderful and confused a lot of people but I thought it was great because it added to this idea that no one knew what it was. It was sourceless and where was it coming from? It could have been a black group from Chicago or weird German idiots from Berlin, it could have been anything.”
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – ‘Time Further Out’, do you remember that?
David Smart:“Yeah I do, ‘cos that’s where…”
Paul said he gave you that as inspiration and he didn’t expect you to literally copy it.
“Yeah and it had a couple of masks down here (points to the tracklist) How amazing…”
What was the idea behind the Art of Noise image? Obviously the theater with the masks and stuff…
“To be honest I can’t remember where it all started but the first Art of Noise cover… it started with the masks on the very first single I think.”
artist: Art Of Noise title: Into Battle format: 12″ single design: XL and ZTT photography: A.J. Barratt cat. no: ZTIS 100 date: 26/09/83 art of notes: