Art of Noise / In No Sense? Nonsense! Remastered 2CD deluxe edition

Art of Noise / In No Sense? Nonsense! 2CD deluxe edition

The Art of Noise‘s 1987 album In No Sense? Nonsense! will be reissued as a two-CD deluxe edition in November.

Gary Lagan had left after In Visible Silence leaving Anne Dudley and J.J. Jeczalik to continue as a duo. Dudley recalls, “At that time, we were meeting new people, doing adverts and films and things. There was lots of new input. These adverts generated other new tracks. They would evolve and we’d agree they were good ideas. And we’d ask each other what would happen if we did this, this and this? So that kept everything evolving.”

The reissue features newly-remastered audio including bonus seven-inch and 12-inch mixes including collaborations with Paul McCartney (the Art of Noise ‘Spies Like Us’ remix) and Duane Eddy (‘Spies’). Additionally, there are 22 unreleased recordings from the sessions, taken from the original master tapes.

In No Sense? Nonsense! 2CD deluxe is likely to be released on 2 November 2018.

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In No Sense? Nonsense? 2CD deluxe


CD 1
1. Galleons of Stone (2018 Remastered Version)
2. Dragnet (2018 Remastered Version)
3. Fin du temps (2018 Remastered Version)
4. How Rapid? (2018 Remastered Version)
5. Opus for Four (2018 Remastered Version)
6. Debut (2018 Remastered Version)
7. E.F.L. (2018 Remastered Version)
8. Ode to Don Jose (2018 Remastered Version)
9. A Day At the Races (2018 Remastered Version)
10. Counterpoint (2018 Remastered Version)
11. Roundabout 727 (2018 Remastered Version)
12. Ransom On the Sand (2018 Remastered Version)
13. Roller 1 (2018 Remastered Version)
14. Nothing Was Going to Stop Them, Anyway (2018 Remastered Version)
15. Crusoe (2018 Remastered Version)
16. One Earth (2018 Remastered Version)

Bonus tracks
17. Legacy (7” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
18. Dragnet (7” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
19. Spies Like Us (Art of Noise 12” Mix) – Paul McCartney
20. Spies – Duane Eddy
21. Ode To Don Jose (7” Mix)
22. Opus III (2018 Remastered Version)
23. Lost Innocence – Duane Eddy
24. Acton Art (2018 Remastered Version)
25. Ransom On the Sand (7” Edit)
26. Debut (7” Edit)

CD 2
1. Dragnet ’88 (7” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. Fin du temps (Air Studios)
3. Domestic Disco
4. Roller 1 (Out-take)
5. Faberge 12 (Opus For Four) [Air Studios]
6. Theatrical (EFL) [Air Studios]
7. Galleons of Crusoe
8. Western (Ode to Don Jose) [Eden Studios] [Take 1]
9. Moog & Baboon (Ode to Don Jose) [Eden Studios] [Take 2]
10. More Moog & Baboon (Ode to Don Jose) [Eden Studios] [Take 3]
11. Judo 3 (Ode to Don Jose) [Eden Studios] [Take 6]
12. Sam (Demo for Duane Eddy)
13. Nobody Told Me Anything
14. Racing
15. Sweet Reason
16. Exercise & Pool Montage
17. Last Chance to Dance (Edit)
18. Ringing in the Ears
19. Legacy (12” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
20. Dragnet (12” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
21. Dragnet ’88 (12” Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
22. Spies (Espionoise Mix) [Instrumental] – Duane Eddy
23. 2 Many Thankyous
24. One Earth (New Mexico Mix)

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Jesper Hall

Anyone know why this is not on Apple Music and Spotify when the previous In Visible Silence DeLuxe edition is?


In the Album notes, it is written that the original vinyl running order is presented here. With good sequence (ok) but also with the full length of E.F.L. (and not the trimmed down version on the Eighties CD). But on this Deluxe version E.F.L. is 5:26 like the CD version and not the 6:39 version like on the vinyl. Is it a mistake? Do you know if they will fix this issue?

David McCallum

Spine of this release mentions “Coming next: think I’d better dance now!” which confirms the Third Adventure (Kiss) mentioned in the In Visible sleeve notes. That’s before Fourth Adventure of Below the Waste. Perhaps mopping up dance mixes (Paranoimia ’89, Dragnet by Arthur Baker) along with Tom Jones’ Kiss-era work?


Shame it’s limited to CD. Would have been nice to get hold of a high resolution FLAC, for example.

Rob Kirby

Excellent news, and a great end to the week!

I was wondering when the next instalment in the AON story would come out on CD, can’t wait.



Great news! Hope they do the same with ‘Below The Waste’.


No Arthur Baker mixes of Dragnet. :( Shame.

Andy Robertson

At last!! Thank you – I played the vinyl album recently and wallowed in the creativity and experimentation, plus there are so many examples of brilliant musicianship too. For all the naysayers regarding ‘extras’ and ‘small tracks’ etc, The Art of Noise are all about the journey for me – it’s great to hear works in progress and read about evolving tracks – the box set ‘And What Have You Done…’ demonstrates that so well.
Are there plans for a double vinyl a la In Visible Silence?

Rudi Rasmussen

Vinyl should be out in January.

Uncle Ruru

I bought the Art Of Noise Greatest Hits which was released a couple of years ago and which comprised some “unreleased material” as well. It turned out that most of this was utter rubbish and totally unlistenable. I would buy a remastered greatest hits album with all the 7″ editions, but no more of that “exclusive special material” or whatever they call that (not so art of) noise.


Fantastic! Loving these deluxe sets. Can’t get enough Art Of Noise!


Forgot to mention I’m also really pleased that they have included the Duane Eddy tracks from his album and even more the Espionoise mix of ‘Spies’. I’ve been holding off from trying to get hold of the CD in the hope they would include them in a future AON deluxe, though was wondering whether they would include them with In No Sense? or Below The Waste as it released between the two. Not quite sure why your listing states Spies Espionosie as being instrumental when all the AON (apart from Kiss) were instrumentals anyway?


Pity there aren’t any mixes of Kiss on this.


They will be on Below The Waste. It’s all time related


I ordered this the moment I heard about it (the Amazon £14 one not the Pledge £22 one). To answer an earlier question Gary Langan was involved in the Spies Like Us mix which was actually done just prior to their move from ZTT (to add to the confusion he wasn’t involved the single mixes of Paranomia or Why Me? or A Nation Regrets which are on the In Visible Silence deluxe). While the music on In No Sense? wasn’t quite as quirky as the prior album it is an incredible patchwork of different tunes and ideas. This was very groundbreaking at the time but we all know now that the original version of the the album ‘Who’s Afraid…’ was also like this (see the recent reissue of ‘Into Battle’ which has the original album ‘Worship) and was what the band always wanted to do, until Trevor Horn turned it into a ‘hits’ album for the US market, which Ann Dudley in particular was very unhappy with. Because of all the small pieces being fixed together I always wondered if there were other parts laying around, and it sounds like there are, so I’m looking forward to hearing them. I personally love Ode to Done Jose which IMHO should have been a single as it is as stunning a track as Moment In Love, so its nice to find out there was a 7″ edit. As a completist I would have liked the Baker mixes of Dragnet to have been included but I remember being rather annoyed at the time that his remix was the A side and actually got used in the film score rather than the far superior AON original version, so I can live with it.


Strange that Legacy (7 inch) and Opus III are on this. surely they belong on In Visible Silence.

Stephen K

Very exciting. I sure would have welcomed the 12″ mix of “My Carnival”, but I hadn’t expected it. Are they following in the steps of Pet Shop Boys psychosis by not including the Arthur Baker mixes of “Dragnet”? Maybe they’ll save those for a “Best of Art of Noise” – especially seeing how “Kiss” wasn’t released on a studio album?

Speaking of Pet Shop Boys, maybe they can go the Saint Etienne route and do a multi-disc remix compilation collecting the non-PSB-produced mixes that were omitted on the Further Listening discs.


As much as I would love that kind of collection from PSB, wouldn’t that wind up being something like a 20 disc set at this point?


you say that as though its bad thing :-) id buy it


Yay! One of my favorite albums from the 80’s. So excited for this!
This album was one of the most interesting and creative I’d heard that
year. It blew me away. Just simply beautiful arrangements.
I also really enjoyed the ‘In Visible Silence’ Reissue.

Question: Did they already do one of these reissues of their first album?
“Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise?”

I might have missed that one if it was already done and released.


@memoryboy – yes, there was a 2CD deluxe of Who’s Afraid…part of the Salvo range which included Frankie, Propaganda and The Organisation Of Pop / Art Of The 12″ compilations.


It was 1CD and a DVD. The DVD is an essential AoN item.


BRILLIANT ! – Been waiting for this album to be released and nice to see it includes “Legacy” (12″) and “Spies Like Us” (12″).

Matteo Leoni

The 3 Arthur Baker’s remixes of ‘Dragnet’ are missing (7″, Hip-hop and House mix).
Maybe they have been excluded because not properly made by the Art of Noise itself… :-(

Paul G

Also missing is the version used in the film which was unique.


Thank you SDE – Yet again you have made my day with good news!

Hopefully, we don’t have to wait another 2 more years for ‘Below The Waste’.


I am hoping they will release ‘Below The Waste’ with bonus tracks.

Michael Chapman

Where am I meant to get my hands on this in Australia??


Currently $36 to preorder at Amazon au. And will be mainstream enough to be at JB

Michael Chapman

Thanks Jeremy!


That’s not a bad price to buy on amazon.au, if you spend over $49 they offer free delivery. I think jB Hi fi would be more expensive. I’ll see how much it will cost on http://www.importcds.com as it’s not on their website yet. But I’m impressed with this release as most of these mixes are released first time on CD.

Pete {in Australia}

Hey Michael and Jeremy, As Jeremy states, should be mainstream enough for JB to get, and considering Universal acquired them in December last year. Nothing yet on GetMusic, which is the local Universal website, but Red Eye Records in Sydney, do have the other releases listed. May be able to order with JB or Sanity, as an indent or import. On Ebay there is a seller Chalkys-oz, which has quite reasonable prices, and free postage, from the UK, just would have to add the new 10% tax. :)


Thankyou for mentioning other websites we can purchase music. I’ll jot them down. Red eye records can be expensive.


hmmm.. I’m old enough to remember all this first time and I’m sorry but post ZTT they just changed and maybe it was the impact on a 17 year old at the time who was a ZTT fanatic (went to the Ambassador’s Theatre twice for the show) or maybe the input of TCH and the verbal ramblings of Mr Morley. Loved Moments in Love, Beatbox and Close! etc.


Mm, don’t know about this. 26 tracks on cd1 and 24 on cd2. If each song is a flat 3 minutes (which is already short), that means 78 minutes total for cd1 and 72 minutes for cd2. You know those tracks are not all 3 minutes because cd2 for instance has at least 3 extended versions. That means many of the songs must only be 1 or 2 minutes or even shorter. Personally I find that annoying. I dont want to listen to a song that short. By the time you get into it, its over. And if it is good, you are annoyed because why is a good song this short?

“In Visible Silence” had many of these short songs and had 18 tracks on cd1 and 17 on cd2. So “In No Sense” is going to be even worse with 26 and 24 tracks. The original “In No Sense” has 4 tracks shorter than a minute, 2 tracks that are about a minute long and 2 tracks that are about 2 minutes. To me that is a waste of 8 tracks already. That leaves you with another 8 “regular” tracks as the original abum is 16 tracks. I fear many extra tracks on the deluxe version will be 1 or 2 minutes or less, leaving me highly frustrated.


That’s an odd complaint. I like AoN’s miniatures (always a feature: “Into Battle” had a handful…) and they always fitted in with the overall flow of the tracklisting. Anyway, I like short songs. I would direct you to “The Commercial Album” by The Residents – each track one minite long, each a self-contained, finished work.


….or Rudimenatry Peni’s Death Church LP.

21 tracks crammed into 32 minutes. Their first 7″ had 11 tracks.
Now there’s value for money !


@Caroline – I was going to write “WTF!!!” but I think I prefer your politely expressed “That’s an odd complaint”.

Good call on The Residents Commercial album too – each song features a verse and a chorus and that’s it.
I would also mention a lot of Bill Nelson’s instrumental work (e.g. Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights) which often feature perfect gems of pieces that barely scrape the one-minute mark.


@Caroline, @CAB, @Trash, thanks for the feedback, haha, not sure the Residents would be for me but glad there is sth for everyone. These really short tracks in between regular longer ones remind me of the unnecessary interludes that too many albums have. Like Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope. It has 23 tracks, 7 of them interludes. Or more recently the Gorillaz “Humanz” has 20 tracks, 6 of them annoying interludes. It may be an odd complaint but I would argue the flow of the album is actually better without them but that is just my opinion. Great that people like that stuff. I have many AoN albums and so many of the short songs are so good, just wish they were “real songs’ so we could enjoy them more. It just leaves me wondering what could have been.


They were, and remain, one of the strangest bands in music history. I’m guessing some of those bits on Disc 2 are odd little vocal interludes.

Loved the In Visible Silence reissue so I’m in for this.


This news makes me so happy!!! I love this album!!! And for the record, my favorite song is “Ransom on the Sand,” which is only 1:17.

Dave Richards

looks like a thoughtful package, but honestly AON had sort of run their course by this point. This LP always felt half baked and their cover of Dragnet was lukewarm at best.
Will save my pennies for something else.


I wasn’t so wild about the post-Langan output at the time either but “In Visible Silence” has weathered so well and they made such a superb job of that remaster/reissue that I think I’m going to give this version of INS?N! a bash.


50 (!) Tracks, wow, what a great SDE !! will be ordered.


Finally its here! Thats going straight on the preorder list… all i need now is the Howard Jones reissues to arrive and i’ll be a very happy camper

Martyn Alner

Hurrah! Ordered a Signed copy – really looking forward to this.


Finally! Had been wating for this to be announced.

Tracklisting looks good too.