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The Prodigy (formed 1990)
The Prodigy are an electronic / rock group from Essex, UK. They have sold over 17 million records across the globe and encompass various genres in their music, including hardcore, rave, big beat and punk.
Career: Liam Howlett chose the name 'The Prodigy' in tribute to his first analogue synth, the Moog Prodigy.
Initially, Liam Howlett created a 10-track demo tape on his Roland W-30 whilst he was living in Essex. He gave the tape to the head of XL Recordings, Nick Halkes. XL released a limited pressing of the 'What Evil Lurks' "12 in February 1991.
The band's debut live performance was in Dalston at the Four Aces club, with Leeroy Thornhill and Keith Flint as dancers. The track 'Charly' soon became a massive club hit, as was its B-side 'Your Love'. Their track 'G Force (Energy Flow)' - from the 'Everybody In The Place' single - was featured on the Kaos Theory compilation series.
The band's debut album, Experience, was released on XL Recordings in September 1992. Around this time, Howlett also released an anonymous white label recording, entitled 'Earthbound I'. The track was later released officially as 'One Love', which charted at number eight in the UK singles charts.
The Prodigy's second full-length album was Music For The Jilted Generation and was released in 1994. The album debuted at number one in the UK album charts and was a triumph for the crossover of dance and rock music. The track 'Their Law' featured the band Pop Will Eat Itself. The album received a nomination for that year's Mercury Music Prize award but lost out to M People's Elegant Slumming. Jim Davies joined the band on guitar, later going on to join the band Pitchshifter. Davies was later replaced by Gizz Butt.
In 1996, The Prodigy released the track 'Firestarter' which became a huge global hit. Featuring Keith Flint on vocals, the track opened doors for The Prodigy and that year, they went on to headline the Lollapalooza festival in the US. Their second single, 'Breathe' became their second number one single of the year.
The band's third album was entitled Fat of the Land and was released in 1997. That year, the band headlined the opening night of the Glastonbury festival. The album featured the controversial track 'Smack My Bitch Up'. The lyric was not actually written by the band, but sampled from the Ultramagnetic MCs track 'Give The Drummer Some'. The video for the track was also deemed too controversial for many and MTV would only air the track between 1am and 5am. At 1998's Reading Festival The Prodigy had an onstage argument with The Beastie Boys, who had requested that The Prodigy did not play 'Smack My Bitch Up' as it was offensive for those who had suffered domestic abuse. The band played the track anyway.
In 1999, Liam Howlett released a DJ mix entitled Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1.
After a short break from touring and releasing records, The Prodigy released 'Baby's Got A Temper' in 2002, though it failed to receive the acclaim of it's predecessors. The song mentions the drug Rohypnol, again ensuring a degree of public outcry over the song.
The next album from the band was entitled Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and was released in August 2004. The singles taken from the album were 'Memphis Bells' and 'Girls'.
2005 saw The Prodigy release a compilation entitled Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005. To accompany the album, they also released a single with Audio Bullys remixing 'Out of Space' and Pendulum remixing 'Voodoo People'.
In 2008, The Prodigy performed at the Oxegen festival, previewing a number of new tracks, including 'Mescaline' and 'Warriors Dance'. Another track, 'First Warning' was chosen for the soundtrack to the film Smokin' Aces.
In March 2009, The Prodigy released Invader Must Die, their fifth studio album. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and formerly of Nirvana, plays drums on 'Run with the Wolves'. The frontman of Does It Offend You, Yeah?, James Rushent also co-produces 'Omen' and 'Invaders Must Die'.
Our all-time favourite Prodigy songs from their entire back catalogue.
In memory of the late Keith Flint, who took his own life yesterday (March 4th 2019) at the age of just 49, we've been listening to The Prodigy on repeat - and we're not tiring anytime soon. We've put together a mini playlist of some of our all-time favourite Prodigy tunes, in no particular order of greatness.
The Prodigy at Knebworth 1996 / Photo Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images
Continue reading: 10 Greatest Prodigy Songs Of All Time
In memory of Keith Flint, we look over at some of his iconic moments caught on camera.
It was with an enormous amount of shock that we discovered today that we had lost another music legend to suicide. Keith Flint of The Prodigy was found dead at his home in Essex this morning (March 4th 2019) at the age of 49. Tributes are flowing in on social media for a legend best known for wild hair and a stage presence that could really rival any rock frontman.
Keith Flint performs with The Prodigy at Wembley Arena in 2009 / Photo Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
'It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint', the band posted on their official Twitter page. 'A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.'
Six more major album releases still to come before 2018 is out - including Rita Ora, Muse and The 1975!
The nights are drawing in and the clocks are about to go back, meaning that the year is coming to an end. For music critics, that means it’s time to start thinking about those Albums of the Year lists.
However, although the year is over 80% done, there’s still a handful of big album releases to come before 2018 is over. Here, we list half a dozen of the most exciting albums still left to look forward to before 2019 arrives!
Continue reading: Six More Huge Albums Still To Come In 2018
They also shared the album's first single 'Need Some1', plus a music video.
British dance legends The Prodigy have announced details of a new studio album to be called No Tourists, as well as releasing its first single, titled ‘Need Some1’.
The group’s seventh studio record will be released on November 2nd via BMG/Take Me To The Hospital. It’s the follow-up to 2015’s well-received The Day Is My Enemy, and, with just a three year gap, is the shortest wait between any two Prodigy albums since the 1990s. They also announced a series of tour dates over the coming year, which can be found via their official site.
Written and produced by the group’s creative engine and founding member Liam Howlett over the space of the last year at his studio in London, the new record came with a written explanation of its themes and motivations.
Continue reading: The Prodigy Announce New Album 'No Tourists'
The group will close out Portsmouth's Victorious Festival in late August, alongside fellow headliners Paul Weller and The Libertines.
The Prodigy have announced their only British festival date of 2018, confirming that they’ll be topping the bill at Southsea’s Victorious Festival.
The revived rock/rave legends will be headlining the three day festival alongside previously confirmed acts Paul Weller, The Libertines and Kaiser Chiefs. They’ll be closing out the third and final day of the Portsmouth-based festival on Sunday, August 26th.
Other new acts announced on Wednesday (February 7th) include Years & Years, who will return with more new music from their follow-up album to their 2015 debut Communion, while Friendly Fires will also make a comeback after countless years on hiatus.
Continue reading: The Prodigy Reveal Solitary UK Festival Date For 2018
Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, died in hospital in Las Vegas in June this year.
The rap star, whose real name was Albert Johnson, died at the age of 42 back in June this year, a few days after he was hospitalised in Las Vegas. However, while it was widely presumed that his death had been a direct result of his condition, which he had battled since birth, the Clark County Medical Examiner has ruled Prodigy’s cause of death as a result of accidental choking, TMZ claims.
Prodigy had been performing with his Mobb Deep colleague Havoc as the hip-hop duo’s reunion continued in Las Vegas during their Art of Rap tour. However, the heat of the Nevada desert caused the star’s condition to worsen, resulting in his initial hospitalisation.
Continue reading: Mobb Deep's Prodigy Died From Choking On An Egg, Coroner States
It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review
The IoW organisers attempted to break the world record for most masks worn simultaneously at one place to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's set.
Amid the fun of four massive headliners over three nights – The Black Keys and The Prodigy sharing the slot on Friday, Blur on Saturday and Fleetwood Mac on Sunday – the IoW chiefs had been encouraging the 50,000 festival-goers to buy cut-out Jimi Hendrix masks in order raise money for its nominated charity WellChild.
IoW made the world record attempt to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's 1970 set
We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.
Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.
However, many of the headline acts seem to be experiencing a renaissance of sorts. For example, Blur, whose new album 'The Magic Whip', their first since 2003, has won critical acclaim. The former Britpop poster boys will take to the Main Stage on Saturday night in the knowledge that this is one of the first times that UK crowds will get to see this new material given the live treatment. You can expect a set heavy on those new songs, but peppered with all the classic singles, certainly a formula for a memorable festival appearance. It's a similar story for The Prodigy who'll headline the Main Stage on Friday after The Black Keys. Both acts have played the festival in recent years and here they're repeating the joint top billing that was given to Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris last year. As with Blur, The Prodigy's new album, 'The Day Is My Enemy', has revived interest in the band following an extended period out of the spotlight. Elsewhere, Fleetwood Mac will bring proceedings to a close on Sunday, bolstered by the return of Christine McVie to the band, a set covering Rumours era gems like 'Don't Stop' and 'Songbird' is a strong possibility.
The rap legends will be joining The Prodigy as they embark on an arena tour of the Britain and Ireland in November.
Fresh from the chart-topping success of their new album The Day Is My Enemy, The Prodigy have announced details of an arena tour this autumn, and they’ve announced some very special guests as their support act – rap legends Public Enemy!
The dance-rock legends, who helped to define the electronic music scene in Britain in the ‘90s, will be hitting the road on November 24th at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena before covering major cities in Britain plus the Irish capital, stopping off in Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Dublin, Belfast and Birmingham before finishing off at Wembley Arena in London on December 4th.
The Prodigy will going on tour with Public Enemy in November
Continue reading: The Prodigy Announce UK Tour With Public Enemy
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