The first Art of Noise album, Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? was released in 1984. During this period, the group presented themselves as faceless (using masks, minimal personal appearances, or even absence from promotion to indicate that the Art of Noise was not a standard rock or pop band which promoted and mythologised its members as individuals). Band member Anne Dudley in an interview: "There's a very big risk in America because they think we're black; we were voted the second best new black act. We are wondering how we can quite cope with this."