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, EC8OR, 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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DHR CD 1 1995 — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot 1995 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR CD 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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DHR JAP CD6, DHR CD 6 The Future Of War — Atari Teenage Riot 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) DHR JAP CD6, DHR CD 6 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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DHR LP 2021 60 Second Wipe Out — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot 60 Second Wipe Out (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR LP 2021 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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PR 01412 Live In Philadelphia Dec. 1997 — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Live In Philadelphia Dec. 1997 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) PR 01412 France 1999 Sell This Version
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DHR CD 28, DHR CD28 Live At Brixton Academy 1999 — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Live At Brixton Academy 1999 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR CD 28, DHR CD28 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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DM222 Is This Hyperreal? — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Is This Hyperreal? (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DM222 US 2011 Sell This Version
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BRC-316 Riot In Japan 2011 — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Riot In Japan 2011 (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) BRC-316 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
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BRC-413 Reset — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Reset (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) BRC-413 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
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none ATR 001 — Atari Teenage Riot ATR* ATR 001(Cass) Vertigo none UK Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

none Demo — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Demo(Cass, S/Sided, EP) Riot Rhythm none Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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ATR DJ2 Kids Are United! — Atari Teenage Riot ATR* Kids Are United! (Single) Vertigo, Vertigo ATR DJ2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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ATRCD1, 862 373-2 ATR — Atari Teenage Riot ATR* ATR (Maxi, Single) Vertigo ATRCD1, 862 373-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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Riot Beats 4 Raver Bashing / Together For Never — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils - Raver Bashing / Together For Never (Single) Riot Beats Riot Beats 4 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
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7243 4 72426 2 5 Kids Are United E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Kids Are United E.P. (EP) Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) 7243 4 72426 2 5 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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INT 125.440, 7243 4 72354 6 7, DHR 10 Speed / Midijunkies — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Speed / Midijunkies (Maxi, EP) Alternation (2), Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) INT 125.440, 7243 4 72354 6 7, DHR 10 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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7 Inch Riots 001 Kids Are United / Start The Riot! — Atari Teenage Riot 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
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GR039, DHR US 12.1 Not Your Business E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Not Your Business E.P. (EP) Grand Royal, Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) GR039, DHR US 12.1 US 1996 Sell This Version
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GR031, DHR US 7.1 Deutschland Has Gotta Die! / Riot 1996 — Atari Teenage Riot 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
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8 84045 2, 7243 8 84045 2 5 Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture E.P. (EP) Alternation (2), Alternation (2), Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) 8 84045 2, 7243 8 84045 2 5 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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DHR JAP MCD 12, BRE-2 Sick To Death E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Sick To Death E.P. (EP) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR JAP MCD 12, BRE-2 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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DAMGOOD 132 Paranoid / Free Satpal Ram — Atari Teenage Riot 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
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DHR 24 Revolution Action E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Revolution Action E.P. (EP, Single) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR 24 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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DHR MCD 26 Too Dead For Me E.P. — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Too Dead For Me E.P. (EP) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR MCD 26 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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ED-6139 Atari Teenage Riot II — Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot II(12", Promo) Elektra ED-6139 US 1999 Sell This Version
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DHR MCD32 Rage — Atari Teenage Riot ATR* Featuring MC D-Stroy And Tom Morello ATR* Featuring MC D-Stroy And Tom Morello - Rage (Maxi) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR MCD32 US 2000 Sell This Version

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IYF

IYF

August 8, 2022
Anybody know how in the hell they never got sued by Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Bad Brains, etc.? A smaller metal band called Thanatos sued them for "Into The Death" but that's it, right?
LowEntropy

LowEntropy

February 25, 2021
Atari Teenage Riot was and is the first band of Digital Hardcore. Fierce, extreme, relentless, an all-out assault on the senses. But they also had calm moments, tranquile, serene and sombre.

They took from a variety of influences like Gabber, Punk, Death Metal, Hardcore Rap, and you can hear it in these creations.
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brandonrm

brandonrm

October 8, 2012
edited over 10 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 17 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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