Peak UK Chart Position: #8 in February 1985.
Trevor Horn CBE turns 67 today. If the name isn’t instantly recognisable, his roll-call of production, songwriting, and musical credits would fill several of these blog posts. To pick out just a fistful of artists that appeared at this special concert in honour of Horn – Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Lisa Stansfield, Grace Jones, Yes, ABC, Belle and Sebastian, Frankie Goes To Hollywood – the list goes on and spans the last few decades.
Art Of Noise were one of his side projects, formed in 1983. They were one of the first acts to pioneer using computers to create entire compositions, predominantly utilising the Fairlight CMI sampler. This track finally cracked the top forty on its tenth week in the chart (spending seven of those between numbers 41 and 50).
Horn left Art Of Noise in 1985, but they subsequently went on to achieve a decent run of success. Duets with Duane Eddy (“Peter Gunn”), Max Headroom (“Paranoimia”), and Tom Jones (“Kiss”) saw them achieve a further three top twenty hits.
It was a tough call whether to showcase this track, or The Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star” (from the same concert). Both are exceptional performances, and The Buggles will no doubt feature in the future. This, however, was the first time “Close (To The Edit)” had been performed live – as Horn points out, it was originally recorded using computers, and not actual instruments, making this rather unique and incredibly well performed.
The full DVD is worth every penny.