Monday, January 12, 2009

Atari Teenage Riot: 'Deutschland (Has Gotta Die!)'

Atari Teenage Riot: 'Deutschland (Has Gotta Die!)' (live @ DHR Studio, 1998)

Wake up! Too hardcore for pop fans, too pop for hardcore fans, but I love it. Atari Teenage Riot was a Berlin "digital hardcore" group of Alec Empire, Hanin Elias and MC Carl Crack (1971-2001). ATR were outspoken proponents of anti-Nazi leftist politics, and were joined by Nic Endo in 1997. The band also ran their own label, Digital Hardcore Recordings. Sadly, Carl Crack's death of drug overdose in 2001 also meant the end of ATR; the best-known member, Alec Empire, keeps concentrating on his solo records and waving the red-black flag, often assisted by Nic Endo. Hanin Elias had a brief spell with her own Fatal Recordings, after which she announced retiring to French Polynesia with her family.