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Atari Teenage Riot

Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) is a German band formed in Berlin in 1992. The name was taken from a Portuguese Joe song entitled "Teenage Riot" from the album Teen-age Riot, with the word 'Atari' added as an Atari ST computer was used to create compositions. Highly political, they fused anarchist, anti-fascist and anti-Nazi views with punk vocals and the newly emerging techno sound called digital hardcore, which is a term band member Alec Empire used as the name of his record label.

The group was founded as an attack on the Neo-Nazi subculture by fusing hardcore punk views with German techno; it consisted of originally three Berliners—Alec Empire, Hanin Elias and MC Carl Crack. Later on joined by Nic Endo in 1996. The band split in 2000, with Hanin Elias persusing a full time solo career and MC Carl Crack later dying of a drug overdose in 2001. Atari Teenage Riot later reunited in 2010 with Alec Empire and Nic Endo joining with CX KiDTRONiK and Rowdy Superstar.

Links to Peel

Peel seemed to have discovered Atari Teenage Riot in 1994 and would play their material on his shows, including inviting the band to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1999, alongside other artists on their Digital Hardcore Recordings label.

Founder member Alec Empire in the Factmag website praised Britain and John Peel for giving the band their first major break:

"Britain always played an important role in Atari Teenage Riot’s history. We had our first record deal there and the support from John Peel gave us our first major break. We started our label DHR there as Germany was dead to new music then."[1]

As well as the work of ATR and related solo releases, Peel was also a keen supporter of other artists on the DHR label, including Sonic Subjunkies, Christoph De Babalon and Lolita Storm.

Festive Fifty Entries

Live

Recorded live at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 1999-03-19. Broadcast: 24 March 1999

  1. Atari Teenage Riot "Revolution Action" Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 1999

    Atari Teenage Riot "Revolution Action" Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 1999

    Digital Hardcore
  2. Sick To Death
  3. Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture
  4. Deutschland Has Gotta Die
  5. Not Your Business
  6. Atari Teenage Riot II
  7. Too Dead For Me
  8. The Western Decay
  9. Ghost Chase
  10. Revolution Action
  11. No Remorse
  12. Start The Riot

Recorded live at the Reading Festival on 1999-08-27. Broadcast: 15 September 1999

  1. Revolution Action
  2. unknown (as with other tracks)

Other Shows Played

Atari Teenage Riot - Raverbashing

Atari Teenage Riot - Raverbashing

1994
  • 14 October 1994: Raver Bashing (split 7" with Alec Empire & Lucy Devils - Raver Bashing / Together For Never) Riot Beats
  • 22 October 1994 (BFBS): Raver Bashing (split 7" with Alec Empire & Lucy Devils - Raver Bashing / Together For Never) Riot Beats
1997
  • 19 January 1997: Sick To Death (12" - Sick To Death E.P.) Digital Hardcore
  • 02 February 1997: Not Your Business! (12" – Not Your Business EP) Grand Royal
  • 18 March 1997: Not Your Business (12" - Not Your Business EP ) Grand Royal
  • 20 March 1997: ‘Get Up While You Can (CD – The Future Of War)’ Digital Hardcore
  • 01 July 1997: Paranoid (shared 7" with Asian Dub Foundation - Paranoid / Free Satpal Ram) Damaged Goods
  • 07 August 1997: Not Your Business (album - The Future of War) Digital Hardcore
  • 10 December 1997: Paranoid (shared 7" with Asian Dub Foundation - Paranoid / Free Satpal Ram) Damaged Goods
1999
  • 20 April 1999: No Success (EP: Revolution Action) Digital Hardcore
  • 29 April 1999 (Radio Eins): No Success (EP - Revolution Action) Digital Hardcore
  • 13 May 1999: 'Get Up While You Can (LP-Live In Philadelphia Dec. 1997)' (Digital Hardcore Recordings)
  • 20 May 1999: Death Of A President D.I.Y.! (LP: 60 Second Wipeout) Digital Hardcore
  • 27 May 1999: Ghost Chase (LP - 60 Second Wipe Out) Digital Hardcore
  • May 1999 (FSK): Too Dead For Me (CD - 60 Second Wipe Out) Digital Hardcore
  • 23 December 1999: 'Revolution Action (CD-60 Second Wipeout)' (Digital Hardcore Recordings) FF #39
2004

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