Hawkins proud; Jay, by the way, was a very large influence on Arthur, both in philosophy and stage presence.
'Fire Poem' and 'Spontaneous Apple Creation' feature sparse instrumentation supporting Arthur as he incants words in a kind of off-beat poem. On stage. this worked most effectively, as it allowed Arthur to preach to his audience. His stage show was brilliant, years ahead of its time. Combining smoke, fire, ultraviolet strobes, multi-colored strobes, and various sound effects, the Crazy World resembled a mobile asylum. Arthur developed this system with a visionary named Les, who later created light shows for Pink Floyd, Genesis and presently Camel. On New Year's Eve, 1967, I saw this group of theatre misfits literally frighten half an audience into leaving the hall-rapidly. They were overpowering, no mercy shown. The audience wasn't there to be entertained-they were there seemingly by directive from Arthur Brown, like vassals. A unique power.
There never was a second 'Crazy World . . album. Tour pressures split the band in early 1968; in a way, given the emotional pitch of the first album, perhaps it's just as well.
- Jim Kozlowski