60s Psychedelic: #5 "Fire" The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
April 28, 2017 8:46am CST
“I am the God of Hellfire!” Before Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Ozzy Osborne and Marilyn Manson there was rock’s insane stage character Arthur Brown. They and others were influenced by the British Brown who is the Godfather of shock rock. Not only did he wear garish makeup (KISS copied) and perform bizarre dance moves while erupting into primal screams, Brown liked to set himself on fire on stage. His trademark “flaming head” was perfected by wearing a burning helmet. Formed in 1967, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown were Brown (vocals), Vincent Crane (organ), Drachen Theaker (drums) and Nick Greenwood (bass). Pete Townsend exec produced their self titled album containing “Fire.” ?“Fire, I’ll take you to burn Fire, I’ll take you to learn I’ll see you burn” “Fire” was recorded without guitar or bass. The gold single was a huge hit going #1 in the UK and #2 US. That was Brown’s moment. The group broke up in 1970. Brown went on to concept group Kingdom Come and played the priest in the movie “Tommy.” Crazy World reformed in 2000. This one hit wonder is considered influential in heavy metal and progressive rock.
Here is a performance of Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown performed in the Top of the Pops studio in 1968. It was originally broadcast on 18-7-1968
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He's still putting out crazy music! Or at least crazy videos. I found this a few months ago, and knew exactly who you were talking about when I read your post. Enjoy!