THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - 'Fire!'/'Rest Cure' (Track 604022) June 1968
Track Records supremo and The Who Manager Kit Lambert produced this totally original psychedelic rock song by the weird and wonderful Arthur Brown and his associates. I can still remember the first time I saw the grainy black and white images of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown performing the huge hit 'Fire!' on a repeated episode of a 1968 Top Of The Pops show.
The fella had some helmut thing on his head and flames were spitting out from it from all angles. The display would never get past the over the top 'health and safety' brigade these days. But that was the 60s and it was a world before we were all forced to be mollycoddled for our own well being.
'Fire!' hit the top spot within weeks and was the one and only time The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown would have their day in the sun. Guitarist, Vincent Crane went on to form prog rock group Atomic Rooster whilst drummer Carl Palmer made his name in ELP.
In the late 90s I attended a Record Fair held at Newcastle University. The special guest for the day was Arthur Brown. My lasting memory was seeing Mr Brown wandering around one of the corridors outside the main venue, looking lost and confused.
I then overheard him ask someone, "Where are the toilets mate?"
I guess even the 'God Of Hellfire' needs to pee.
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - Fire!
|German release (from the Jim Wynand archive)|