The Art of Noise: “Close (To the Edit)” (1984)

These musical de(con)structionists made a lasting impression with their groundbreaking single and instrument-breaking music video.

Kronomyth 1.1: Edit on the highway, looking for adventure

When this song and Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” came out, their strange sounds and groundbreaking videos seemed like the future of music. And, in a sense, electronics and heavy editing were the future, though not quite so in your face as Close (To the Edit) would have us believe. Still, it made for an interesting soundtrack to the 80s, proving that the next revolution wouldn’t be fought with electric guitars.

“Close (To the Edit)” was released is various permutations, an endless remix of a remix. The B side, A Time to Hear, is a pastiche of other material from The Art of Noise including chopped-up Italian dialogue. There’s even a reference to “Close (To the Edit)” toward the end of it. In the US, Do Donna Do was featured on the flip side, an extended version of “Donna” from the earlier EP, Into Battle with The Art of Noise. There are also remixed 12-inch versions (re-branded as Close-Up) and an extended play cassette, which I haven’t heard yet.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Close (To the Edit) (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley)
B1. A Time to Hear (Who’s Listening) (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley)

Original 7-inch single version (US)
A1. Close (To the Edit) (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley) (4:10)
B1. Do Donna Do (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley) (3:10)

Original 12-inch single version
A1. Close-Up (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley)
B1. Close-Up (Hop) (Anne Dudley/Trevor Horn/J.J. Jeczalik/Gary Langan/Paul Morley)

Cassette EP version
1. That Was Close
2. Diversion Eight
3. Diversion Two
4. Closest
5. Close-Up
6. Closed

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch, 7-inch picture disc and 12-inch single November 1984 in the UK (ZTT, ZTPS/PZTPS/12ZTPS-01) and on 7-inch single in 1984 in the US (Island/ZTT, 7-99754), Japan (ZTT, 7SI-133) and New Zealand (Island, K9679) with regional picture sleeve. Reached #8 on the UK chart positions. Also released in 1984 on cassette EP in 1984 in the UK (ZTT, CTIS106).

Close (To the Edit) 45 rpm sleeve
US ZTT/Island 7-99754 picture sleeve

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