Song of the Day: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – “Fire”

On this day in 1968, this song hit No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. I know Sir Rocknuts is a big fan of this guy. This isn’t so much a song of the day as it is a video of the day as this clip from 1975 gives a slight taste of that “Crazy World” of Arthur Brown. There’s his flaming helmet, the freaky dance from 1:28 to 1:35, the shiny robe, the silver mask… it’s all hilariously weird. Emphasis on “slight taste” though, as Brown’s world got much crazier than this at times. Per his Wikipedia page: “Brown quickly earned a reputation for both his powerful voice which spanned four octaves and his outlandish performances, including the use of a burning metal helmet, which led to occasional mishaps. During an early appearance at the Windsor Festival in 1967, Brown wore a colander on his head soaked in methanol. The fuel poured over his head by accident and caught fire; two bystanders doused the flames by pouring beer on Brown’s head, preventing any serious injury. The flaming head then became an Arthur Brown signature. On occasion he also stripped naked while performing, most notably in Italy, where, after setting his hair on fire, he was arrested and deported.”

He’s still going at it too, as digging up this video also led me to find this one at an August 2015 performance.

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