Atari Teenage Riot

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Berlin hardcore dissenters Atari Teenage Riot were among a new generation of German techno artists (also including ATR's Alec Empire, EC80R, Speed Freak, DJ Bleed, etc.) who sought to reconnect music with political radicalism through ever more challenging, experimental hybrids, engaging everything from speed metal and acid to jungle and hardcore punk. Formed in 1992 by Empire, Hanin Elias, and Carl Crack, ATR's controversial first single, "Hunting for Nazis," was released by German techno stronghold Force Inc. that same year (Force Inc. owner Achim Szepanski is also known for his commitment to political radicalism). Subsequently, the group released a string of singles and full-lengths, all of them instantly recognizable for their brash, noisy fusions of brittle, 200-plus-bpm breaks, massive guitar riffs, and a good deal of shouting. Similar in motivation to Detroit's Underground Resistance or industrial dance group Consolidated, ATR professed a concern with a general conservative shift in the Western political climate (particularly in Germany after the collapse of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe) and supported the development of new, overtly political forms of youth culture by way of response.

Somewhat surprisingly, ATR's early singles landed them a recording deal with U.K. major Phonogram in 1993, through which they released a number of singles before skipping out on their contract (the label reportedly wanted more straight-ahead, commercial techno from the group). Using their Phonogram advance for the full-length album they never delivered, ATR formed Digital Hardcore Recordings in 1994, the imprint under which they released most of their subsequent material, including the full-lengths Delete Yourself and The Future of War, plus a number of singles and EPs. DHR also expanded to include a number of up-and-coming German artists -- including EC8OR and Shizuo -- with similar political leanings, and signed a domestic licensing deal with Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label in 1996. Partly as a result of that deal and partly through the increasing popularity of ATR member Alec Empire (who released a number of solo full-lengths and singles through Force Inc., Chrome, Mille Plateaux, and Riot Beats, as well as DHR), ATR became one of the first new-school European techno artists to achieve success in America, with alternative radio and MTV picking up on the group in late 1996 and the release early the following year of Burn, Berlin, Burn!, an American compilation collecting tracks from the first two albums.

Their third album, 60 Second Wipe Out, appeared in 1999 on Elektra, and featured new vocalist Nic Endo. Live at Brixton Academy 1999, a noise set recorded at a gig opening for Nine Inch Nails, was released on DHR in 2000. The band went on hiatus to allow Crack to seek psychiatric treatment and deal with declining health caused by long-simmering addictions. Unfortunately, the break was not enough and Crack was found dead in his Berlin apartment on September 6, 2001. The band dissolved soon after, with the rarities set Redefine the Enemy appearing in 2002, followed by the retrospective Atari Teenage Riot: 1992-2000, which appeared in 2006. Years later, however, ATR reconvened with Empire and Endo joined by vocalist CX KiDTRONiK. In 2011, the trio released Is This Hyperreal?, a true-to-old-form return that was issued in the U.S. through Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. The lineup toured throughout Europe, America, and Asia, and the live album Riot in Japan 2011 was released. By 2014, KiDTRONiK had been replaced by MC Rowdy Superstar, and this lineup of ATR released Reset. Initially available only in Japan, it was given an international release in 2015.
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Atari Teenage Riot - 1995 album art Atari Teenage Riot 1995 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 1995 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - The Future Of War album art Atari Teenage Riot = アタリ・ティーンエイジ・ライオット* Atari Teenage Riot = アタリ・ティーンエイジ・ライオット* - The Future Of War (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Live In Philadelphia Dec. 1997 album art Atari Teenage Riot Live In Philadelphia Dec. 1997 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) France 1999 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - 60 Second Wipe Out album art Atari Teenage Riot 60 Second Wipe Out (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 1999 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Live At Brixton Academy 1999 album art Atari Teenage Riot Live At Brixton Academy 1999 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 2000 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - 1992-2000 album art Atari Teenage Riot 1992-2000 (Comp, Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 2006 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal? album art Atari Teenage Riot Is This Hyperreal? (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) US 2011 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Riot In Japan 2011 album art Atari Teenage Riot Riot In Japan 2011 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) Japan 2011 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Reset album art Atari Teenage Riot Reset (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) Japan 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Atari Teenage Riot - Demo album art Atari Teenage Riot Demo(Cass, S/Sided, EP) Riot Rhythm none Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - ATR album art ATR* ATR (Maxi) Vertigo UK 1993 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Kids Are United! album art ATR* Kids Are United! (Single) Vertigo, Vertigo UK 1993 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Raver Bashing / Together For Never album art Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils - Raver Bashing / Together For Never (Single) Riot Beats Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Speed / Midijunkies album art Atari Teenage Riot Speed / Midijunkies (Maxi, EP) Alternation (2), Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Kids Are United E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Kids Are United E.P. (EP) Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7 Inch Riots 001 Atari Teenage Riot - Kids Are United / Start The Riot! album art Atari Teenage Riot Kids Are United / Start The Riot!(7", Single, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) 7 Inch Riots 001 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Not Your Business E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Not Your Business E.P. (EP) Grand Royal, Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) Germany 1996 Sell This Version
GR031, DHR US 7.1 Atari Teenage Riot - Deutschland Has Gotta Die! / Riot 1996 album art Atari Teenage Riot Deutschland Has Gotta Die! / Riot 1996(7", Single) Grand Royal, Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) GR031, DHR US 7.1 US 1996 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Sick To Death E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Sick To Death E.P. (EP) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture E.P. (EP) Alternation (2), Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
DAMGOOD 132 Atari Teenage Riot - Paranoid / Free Satpal Ram album art Atari Teenage Riot / Asian Dub Foundation Atari Teenage Riot / Asian Dub Foundation - Paranoid / Free Satpal Ram(7", Pic) Damaged Goods DAMGOOD 132 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Revolution Action E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Revolution Action E.P. (EP, Single) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 1999 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Too Dead For Me E.P. album art Atari Teenage Riot Too Dead For Me E.P. (EP) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) UK 1999 Sell This Version
ED-6139 Atari Teenage Riot - Atari Teenage Riot II album art Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot II(12", Promo) Elektra ED-6139 US 1999 Sell This Version
Atari Teenage Riot - Rage album art ATR* Featuring MC D-Stroy And Tom Morello ATR* Featuring MC D-Stroy And Tom Morello - Rage (Maxi) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) US 2000 Sell This Version

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bmcgarvey

bmcgarvey

October 8, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
When I first heard "Sick to death" on MTV amp, I couldn't believe the incredible fusion of punk and techno. I immediately bought Burn Berlin Burn. I think ATR music will become "relevant" some time. 199x was just too soon (peak of rave techno). Keep on rockin Alec.
Hardmageddon

Hardmageddon

April 16, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
What did you say? ATARI TEENAGE RIOT!!!
:) Probably the best Digital Hardcore act ever... mixing styles like Hardcore-Gabber, Noise, Trash Metal and Breakbeat, they became the largest symbol for revotionary style Digital Hardcore... and even Alec Empire alone does not overhelm their name. Carl Crack died, and seems the band has died too... I still have hope they ressurect, but that does not seem likely...
The music? Loud, very agrresive, dark, revolutionary... altough some of the lyrics have bad english and some apparent contraditions, the message is there... and despite all, one must seen the courage how this 4 shout out their ideials... electronic music made not only for experts or classy pseudo intelectuals, but for pure action. Yet, in albuns like future of war and Live at Brixton academy (pure noisecore/noise), one must clearly see some good skills in music making (always with that lo-fi tone) and of course... the innovation that marked this band. If you don't know them... well, grab Future of War.. it was banned in Germany (yes, like in censorship ban!) for it's political message (anarchy of course), but better than that, for me, it's one of their best albuns, and a mark in the Digital Hardcore/Gabber scene. Hardcore to the bone, but very very good...
For those more into abstract stuff, Live at Brixton Academy is a must... embrace noise... :)

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