There’s only one thing better than taking a new album design brief from a client – taking that brief from people whose work you really admire. We’ve designed (or repackaged) albums for a number of artists on ZTT Records, including Kirsty MacColl, Lisa Stansfield, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Buggles and Trevor Horn, but this is one of our favourites.
In 1984 Art of Noise released an album Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise? and a brace of singles – ‘Into Battle’, ‘Close to the Edit’ and ‘Moments in Love’ – that sent pop music up an experimental new path. Dance, and pop in general, owes a huge debt to the original five members of Art of Noise: Trevor Horn, Gary Langan, JJ Jeczalik, Anne Dudley and Paul Morley. The group, well known for keeping their identities conspicuously hidden on the album designs, wrung music and rhythms from diverse sources – a VW Golf starter motor, a church organ and machine gun fire, to name a few.
The unreleased demos, alternative mixes, studio experiments and a forty page booklet are all in this four CD box set album design entitled And What Have You Done With My Body, God? crafted at Gibson.