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Single by Art of Noise featuring Max Headroom
from the album In Visible Silence (original version) and Re-Works of Art of Noise (single version)
ReleasedApril 1986
Format7", 12", Shaped picture disc
GenreSynthpop, spoken word
Length4:46 (album version)
3:18 (single version)
6:42 (extended version)
LabelChina Records
Songwriter(s)Anne Dudley
Gary Langan
J. J. Jeczalik
Producer(s)Anne Dudley
Gary Langan
J. J. Jeczalik
Art of Noise singles chronology
"Peter Gunn"

"Paranoimia" is a song by English synthpop group Art of Noise released in 1986, from their album In Visible Silence.

The song's better-known version was a version released as a single, featuring television character Max Headroom on vocals. This version was first featured on the 1986 album Re-Works of Art of Noise. The 7" single features a monologue about Max Headroom being scared and unable to sleep (hence "Paranoimia", a portmanteau of "paranoia" and "insomnia"). The 12" has a completely different vocal with Headroom as a master of ceremonies, talking about the music and introducing the band - which he identifies as Peter O'Toole on trumpet (despite there being no trumpet on the song), Martina Navratilova on bass, Cher on vocals, and the Pope on drums.

The 12" single was also available on a one-sided cassette tape with the following track listing:

  1. Paranoimia - 6:40
  2. Paranoimia - 3:18
  3. Why Me? - 2:56
  4. A Nation Rejects - 2:57

Some later issues of the CD In Visible Silence, most notably the US version, include the single version in place of the original version, which did not include the Max Headroom vocals.


Chart (1986) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 33
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 6
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[5] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 12
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 34
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[9] 14


  1. ^ " – The Art Of Noise with Max Headroom – Paranoimia" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ " – The Art Of Noise with Max Headroom Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ " – The Art Of Noise with Max Headroom – Paranoimia" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ " – The Art Of Noise with Max Headroom – Paranoimia". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs P-R". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0751." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The Art Of Noise Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  9. ^ "The Art Of Noise Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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