Thursday 8th April 2010
MALCOLM McLAREN 1946 - 2010
The controversial former manager of the Sex Pistols has died today from a rare cancer called Mesothelioma. The self-publicist and impresario passed away in New York, USA, aged 64. He was partly responsible for introducing hip-hop to the UK after seeing young black DJ's scratching records in New York, along with introducing world music to the British public, pre-dating Paul Simon's Graceland.  McLaren also became a pop star, releasing the smash hit singles Buffalo Gals and Double Dutch along with the parent album Duck Rock in the early 1980's. The album was produced by Trevor Horn and featured three other Art of Noise members, Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik and engineer Gary Langan. It is through their work with McLaren that helped to kick-start the Art of Noise into existence. In the years that followed Malcolm McLaren continued to create music as well as moving into television and film projects including Channel Four's The Ghosts of Oxford Street.
In 2008 he appeared on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack and was also to appear on another reality TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2007, but pulled out of the show before it began saying "The reality is their jungle is a glorified film set. The whole show is a circus. I was shocked to hear I was never going to be in any danger."
He will be best remembered for his involvement with the punk movement and his association with the Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow, Adam & the Ants, Afrika Bambaataa, The World Famous Supreme Team Show and Vivienne Westwood.
McLaren is survived by his son Joe Corre and his partner Young Kim.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Malcolm's family & friends at this very sad time.
KM Whitehouse 
Monday 22nd March 2010
MOMENTS IN LOVE IS A HIT AGAIN IN 2010
The Art of Noise's classic Moments In Love track entered Billboard's Jazz Digital Songs chart at #45 on the 6th March and peaked at #43 on 13th March 2010. Moments In Love first appeared as a track over ten minutes long on the group's debut release Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, before being edited as the b-side for the 1983 7" single Beat Box. The track became a hit single in 1985 and again in 1987. Madonna replaced the Wedding March with Moments In Love when she married Sean Penn. The track has been sampled by artists such as King Sun-D Moet (Hey Love) and J.T. & The Big Family (Moments In Soul), to name but a few.
The track has also been given a fresh make-over as a mash-up entitled 3 Words vs Moments In Love (DJs From Mars Bootleg RMX). It is a mash-up of AoN's classic Moments In Love and Cheryl Cole's 3 Words.  The track was put together by TheMarsAttax and is taking YouTube by storm with a video featuring both video's mashed-up together. To view and listen click here
 
KM Whitehouse

Saturday 20th February 2010
LATEST UPDATE ON LEGACY PART 1
Other items planned to be featured on the upcoming Art of Noise archive album include experiments from the late 1990's thate predate The Seduction Of Claude Debussy album. Also to feature will be unreleased (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise! period tracks and material from the Art of Noise spin-off group Art & Act (Horn/Morley and Steve Lipson), that was up until now only rumoured to exist.
Watch this space for further news...
KM Whitehouse

Saturday 20th February 2010 
ART OF NOISE'S ZTT REISSUES
Salvo hope to start re-issuing the group's ZTT back catalogue as expanded sets featuring additional tracks starting late 2010 and early 2011.
They will follow a long line of ZTT/Salvo releases after ZTT's former distributor went bust in 2008. Other reissues by the label will include albums from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 808 State amonst others
Watch this space for further news...
KM Whitehouse 

Friday 29th January 2010
NEW ART OF NOISE SUMMER RELEASE
ZTT/Salvo plan to release a new Art of Noise retrospective album entitled Legacy. The double CD set will contain both ZTT and China Records material, the first album to do so since 1988's original version of The Best Of The Art Of Noise.  This new compilation will feature singles, hits, soundtracks, collaborations and at least an hour of unreleased material from the groundbreaking Grammy award winning group.
This forthcoming collection is being compiled by ZTT's Ian Peel, the man who brought us the Art of Noise tribute album The Abduction Of The Art Of Noise, along with group's own box set And What Have You Done With My Body, God? and ZTT's 25th anniversary box set Zang Tumb Tuum: The ZTT Box Set. No track listings have been confirmed for the album as yet, but it promises to be more than a standard run of the mill compilation.
Watch this space for more news...
KM Whitehouse

Thursday 28th January 2010
ADVENTURES IN MODERN RECORDING

Trevor Horn's second Buggles album is due to be released by ZTT/Salvo on Monday 15th February 2010. This new expanded edition of the original 1981 album features no less than seven additional bonus tracks. The original album was released the year after their debut The Age Of Plastic that featured the number one single Video Killed The Radio Star. Between the two albums, Horn & Geoff Downes had joined & left the group Yes. Unlike the previous album Downes only featured on four of the tracks, leaving Horn to finish the rest of it alone. The original album also credits two other future Art of Noise members, Anne Dudley on keyboards along with Gary Langan on engineering duties. Trevor Horn will be performing live at the Brit Awards as part of the backing band for Robbie Williams on 16th February 2010
KM Whitehouse
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Thursday 28th January 2010
FRANKIE SAY DELUXE EDITION
Great news for Frankie Goes To Hollywood fans as ZTT/Salvo are set to release a double CD of their 1984 number one album Welcome To The Pleasure Dome. The Liverpool "lads", Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O'Toole, Brian Nash and Paul Rutherford were the biggest band in the UK scoring three number one singles with Relax, Two Tribes and The Power Of Love. This infamous group were aided & guided by non other than four members of the Art of Noise, Trevor Horn (producer), JJ Jeczalik (programming), Anne Dudley (additional keyboards & arrangements) and Paul Morley (marketing & the Frankie Say... t-shirts). The results of which can be heard on this expanded edition that features remixes, interviews and unreleased material from ZTT's vaults.
KM Whitehouse
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