June 16, 2015

Arthur Brown & Craig Leon - The Complete Tapes of Atoya, 1984

A collaboration between performance artist and musician Arthur Brown and acclaimed producer (of The Ramones, Blondie, Suicide) Craig Leon. Originally released in 1982 under Arthur Brown's name, Atoya was reissued two years later as a collaboration with Leon, who wrote, performed, and produced it. The songs bear his signature starkness and mechanical synthesized sound, while Arthur Brown's vocals range between early rock-and-roll crooning, a Robert Plant-like style, and spoken word. With Leon's techno drumming and epic synth groans, Atoya takes some getting used to, but it's a beautifully bleak tapestry and weirder than the sum of its parts. The only purchases currently available are secondhand vinyl via discogs. Snag it!


  1. You're right, this is compelling stuff!

    In fact, though, it IS available for purchase, with extra tracks, under an alternative title, namely 'Speak No Tech'. For a mere £10 you can buy a double CD that includes 'Speak No Tech' along with the arguably even more fabulous album 'Requiem', plus several additional oddities to boot (inc. the delightfully bonkers 'Santa Put a Spell on Me').

    You can buy it from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Requiem-Speak-Tech-Arthur-Brown/dp/B0035KGDXU) and elsewhere. Check out the awesome video for 'Busha Busha' (the single from Requiem) here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iod19D4hgSc.

    The CD re-release package is definitely worth investing in, and it'll have the heartwarming side-effect of putting a few well-earned coppers into poor old Arthur's pocket too.

    Terrific blog, by the way, keep up the good work!

  2. Sorry but you're incorrect."Speak No Tech" is not the same thing as this album. Completely different mix that was a feeble attempt to turn this work into a "pop" album. Avoid it.

  3. Craig Leon was not involved in the remix that became "Speak No Tech".