Arthur Brown’s home at the Stereo Society
Arthur in 1968, performing his #1 hit Fire, which is given a new and different treatment on Thorne’s The Contessa’s Party CD.
Arthur Brown’s 60+ years have been as adventurous and as colorful as anyone’s. After early experimental bands in the sixties, he hit worldwide prominence with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fire in 1968. As he wryly comments on his Web site, not seeing any royalties whatsoever was the first of a career of missed opportunities (the law suit is still pending). Fire essentially started the heavy metal genre, and many bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple have acknowledged his influence.
After what remains his most visible achievement, he progressed through a series of musical adventures which included, in the early seventies, the first use of a drum machine on record and on stage. His electronic inclinations took him to prominent album recordings with German synthesizer pioneer Klaus Schulze in 1980. Since then, he has been sporadically active, continuing to record and release albums although (as he puts it) ‘they tend to escape rather than be released.’
We couldn’t resist posting this, from Private Eye
Arthur’s connection with the Stereo Society is his guest appearance on a track on Thorne’s CD The Contessa’s Party. We recorded his contribution, a rap in the middle of a twelve-minute version of his classic Fire, using a laptop computer and a studio microphone. A stream-of-consciousness performance took this new recording of his classic song into a completely new place.
This decommissioned church is now an arts center in Lewes, near
Brighton, England, where Arthur now lives.
The door was open and the space deserted.
We went in unannounced and unnoticed.
Then he sat down for an extensive interview.
The perfect sound and surroundings.
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