Below the Waste

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Below The Waste
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 1989
StudioAIR, CBS Studios, Mayfair Studios (London), Studio Marcadet (Paris), AIR (Montserrat)
GenreExperimental, synthpop
ProducerAnne Dudley
J. J. Jeczalik
Ted Hayton
Art of Noise chronology
In No Sense? Nonsense!
Below The Waste
The Seduction of Claude Debussy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars [1]

Below the Waste is Art of Noise's fourth full-length original album and their last album for China Records before Anne Dudley reformed with ZTT's Trevor Horn and Paul Morley for 1999's The Seduction of Claude Debussy.

The album saw the group experimenting with world music, collaborating with South African Zulu group Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, who provide a heavy layer of mostly non-English-language vocals on three tracks (Yebo, Chain Gang and Spit). The album was produced by Anne Dudley, Ted Hayton and J.J. Jeczalik.

The album represents the diverging interests of the two remaining members of the original group, Anne Dudley and J.J. Jeczalik. Dudley's influence is evident in the album's ambient interludes of melodic, orchestral pieces, while Jeczalik's influence can be heard in the album's dub tracks and harder, rock-edged pieces. The latter songs also feature arrangements more typical of the band's earlier material, utilising sampling techniques, lengthy fade-outs, a diverse mixture of classical instruments, guitar riffs and percussion typical of industrial music.

Like its predecessor, In No Sense? Nonsense!, the album also features cover versions of previously recorded themes composed for television and film, namely "Robinson Crusoe" (originally the theme to the 1964 television programme The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe) and "James Bond Theme" which was submitted for the soundtrack of the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill and subsequently rejected by the film's producers.[citation needed].

The "Emphasis Speakers" on the album cover were designed by Morten Villiers Warren for B&W. The orchestra was led by John Bradbury.

Although the album was praised for its collaboration with Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, the reviews for the album were mostly negative, with Allmusic music reviewer Dean Carlson calling the album a 'misfire' and compared it to 'world mall-music'.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dan Dare" (Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeczalik) - 6:01
  2. "Yebo" (Dudley, Jeczalik, West Nkosi) - 7:11
  3. "Catwalk" (Dudley, Jeczalik, Ted Hayton) - 5:29
  4. "Promenade 1" (Dudley) - 0:32
  5. "Dilemma" (Jeczalik, Hayton) - 3:00
  6. "Island" (Dudley, Jeczalik) - 5:49
  7. "Chain Gang" (Jeczalik, Nkosi) - 3:07
  8. "Promenade 2" (Dudley) - 0:38
  9. "Back To Back" (Jeczalik) - 3:53
  10. "Flashback" (Dudley) - 1:45
  11. "Spit" (Dudley, Jeczalik) - 3:31
  12. "Robinson Crusoe" (Gian Piero Reverberi, Robert Mellin, Georges Van Parys) - 3:47
  13. "James Bond Theme" (Monty Norman) - 5:18
  14. "Finale" (Dudley) - 2:38


  • Anne Dudley, Frank Ricotti, Hilda Tloubatla, J.J. Jeczalik, Keith Beauvais, Luis Jardim, Mildred Mangxola, Nobesuthu Mbadu, Simon Mahlathini Nkabinde, Simon Morton, Ted Hayton, West Nkosi
  • Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens - vocals on "Yebo", "Chain Gang" and "Spit"
  • John Bradbury - orchestra leader

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