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)
Released April 1986
Format 7", 12", Shaped picture disc
Recorded 1986
Genre Synthpop, spoken word
Length 4:46 (album version)
3:18 (single version)
6:42 (extended version)
Label China Records
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 claims comprises Peter O'Toole, Martina Navratilova, Cher and the Pope).

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 - 6:40

Some later issues of the CD "In Visible Silence", most notably the US version, include this 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
UK Singles Chart 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 34
  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 – Paranoimia". GfK Entertainment Charts. 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.
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