Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins
Martin Atkins
Birth name Martin Clive Atkins
Born August 3, 1959 (1959-08-03) (age 52) Coventry, England
Genres Post-Punk
Occupations Drummer / Producer / Record Label Owner / Writer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Public Image Ltd.
Killing Joke

Martin Clive Atkins (born 3 August 1959, Coventry, England) is an English drummer and session musician, best known for his work in post-punk and industrial groups including Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Pigface, and Killing Joke. Atkins is also an honorary board member of the Chicago based nonprofit organization Rock For Kids.




Atkins' first major exposure as a drummer was with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd.. He joined in 1979, just in time to contribute to the song "Bad Baby," on the album Metal Box. Atkins' first live show with PiL was recorded and released as a live album Paris Au Printemps and his first year with the band included appearances on The John Peel Sessions for the BBC, American Bandstand and the BBC's live Old Grey Whistle Test.

In 1980, Atkins left Public Image Ltd. to concentrate on his band Brian Brain with Pete Jones (who also played with Public Image Ltd. in 1982 and 1983) on bass (in 1983 replaced by original Go-Gos' bassist Margot Olavarria) and Bobby Surgeoner on guitar (later replaced by Olavarria's husband, Geoff Smyth). Brian Brain released six singles and one LP on Secret Records,[1] and continued to release singles and LPs on Atkins' own Plaid Records throughout the 1980s. The band had had a minor indie chart hit in 1980 with "They've Got Me In The Bottle" (#39),[2] and club hits with the singles "Jive Jive" (1981) and "Funky Zoo" (1982).


Atkins rejoined Public Image Ltd. in 1981 to contribute to Flowers of Romance and, later, produced and co-wrote the album This is What You Want......This Is What You Get. Atkins eventually left PiL for the last time in 1985.


After leaving Public Image Ltd., Atkins revived his Brian Brain project[3] and recorded an EP at Planet Sound Studios in New York for his own, short-lived label Plaid Records,[4] which was released in July 1985.[5] Throughout the late 1980s, the 1990s and early 2000s, Atkins performed with many bands, including Nine Inch Nails (appearing in the video for "Head Like A Hole"), as well as Ministry. The dual-drumming of Atkins and Bill Rieflin is captured on the live Ministry album/video In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up. Atkins later joined Killing Joke, performing on 1990's Extremities, Dirt, and Other Repressed Emotions. He also managed the band for that time, and designed their live show scenery and some merchandise.

Atkins formed his industrial supergroup, Pigface, during a Ministry tour in 1989–1990. Atkins also went on to form Murder, Inc., a new band featuring Geordie Walker, Paul Raven and Chris Connelly, in 1992. During this time, he played with the Revolting Cocks and is credited alongside Chris Vrenna in Nine Inch Nails for performing extra drums on "Wish" and "Gave Up," tracks two and six of the Broken EP (as well as the aforementioned "Head Like A Hole").

In between creating albums and touring with Pigface he also began The Damage Manual, which combined the drum and bass feel of early PiL bass player Jah Wobble with Atkins' signature beats and production. Geordie Walker from Killing Joke and Chris Connelly were also part of the project.

Atkins later produced and released a collaborative album with Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre, the latter's first project outside of Skinny Puppy, under the moniker Rx. The resulting album was entitled Bedside Toxicology.

2006 and onward

In October 2006, Atkins visited Beijing, China in order to discover the emerging Chinese music scene. During his stay, Atkins recorded and signed a handful of Chinese bands to Invisible and recorded material for a new Pigface album.

Atkins is currently teaching his fourth year at Columbia College in Chicago where he instructs the course "The Business of Touring". He is also an active guest lecturer, speaking at such institutions as the University of Southern California, the Midi School in Beijing, China and Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. As announced via interview on the music website, Atkins plans to take his lecturing further by eventually opening a school of his own.

Atkins has held a number of seminars at Tech Music Schools (Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech) in London, with more planned for the future.

Atkins has written what he calls, "the first real book on touring". The book Tour:Smart, featured contributions from Henry Rollins, Cynthia Plastercaster, The Enigma, the Suicide Girls, Zim Zum (formerly of Marilyn Manson), Kevin Lyman, Curse Mackey and various other managers, journalists, venues, agents, sponsors, and radio personalities. He is currently in the studio working on a new album with The Countdown, Pigface's sixth studio album, The Religion of Marketing retrospective gallery show, and various other projects.

Atkins was the feature of the documentary film, Free For All, that focused on Pigface's Free For All tour.

Atkins was on the tenth annual Independent Music Awards judging panel, and was also a judge for the seventh annual season of Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 
  3. ^ Kim Freeman: “Grass Route” (Billboard, 25 May 1985, page 85)
  4. ^ Steven Dupler: “Audio Track, New York” (Billboard, 15 June 1985, page 30)
  5. ^ Fred Goodman: “Album Reviews” (Billboard, 20 July 1985, page 66)
  6. ^ Independent Music Awards - 7th Annual Judges

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Martin Atkins — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Atkins. Martin Atkins est un batteur, chanteur et producteur de rock britannique, né le 3 août 1959 à Coventry. Son nom est attaché à plusieurs formations emblématiques des styles post punk, rock… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Martin Atkins (darts player) — This article is about the darts player. For the industrial drummer, see Martin Atkins. Martin Atkins Personal information Nickname The Assassin Born 24 December 1965 (1965 12 24) (age 45) England …   Wikipedia

  • Atkins (surname) — Atkins is a surname, and may refer to:* Al Atkins, British singer * M. Alison Atkins, British illustrator * Anna Atkins, British pioneer of photography * Barry K. Atkins, American admiral * B. T. S. Atkins, British lexicographer * Charlotte… …   Wikipedia

  • Martin (name) — Martin may either be a surname or given name. Martin Gender Male Origin Word/Name English, Latin Meaning Settlement by a lake English, Of Mars, Warlike Latin …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Glover — performing at the 2009 Ilosaarirock festival. Background information Also known as Youth …   Wikipedia

  • Martin "Youth" Glover — Martin Glover Martin Glover à Paris, lors de la tournée 2008 de Killing Joke. Martin Glover, plus connu sous le pseudonyme Youth, né en 1961, est un bassiste de rock et producteur de musique britannique. Il a, entre autres, travaillé avec U2, The …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Martin Glover-Youth — Martin Glover Martin Glover à Paris, lors de la tournée 2008 de Killing Joke. Martin Glover, plus connu sous le pseudonyme Youth, né en 1961, est un bassiste de rock et producteur de musique britannique. Il a, entre autres, travaillé avec U2, The …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Martin Glover — Martin Glover, 2009 Martin Glover (* 27. Dezember 1960), besser bekannt unter dem Pseudonym Youth, ist ein einflussreicher englischer Musikproduzent. Er ist Gründungsmitglied und Bassist der Band Killing Joke. Glover gründete verschiedene… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Atkins — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sommaire 1 Sociétés 2 Toponymes 3 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Martin Glover — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Youth. Martin Glover au festival Ilosaarirock 2009 à Joensuu, Finlande.. Martin Glover, plus connu sous le pseudonyme Youth, né en …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.