Regarded as one of the greatest electronic bands of all time, The Prodigy aren’t short of a good track. Hailing from Essex, Liam Howlett (keyboardist and composer), Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist) and Maxim (MC and vocalist) now make up the iconic band.
30 million records sold, two Brit awards and even an MTV Video Music award, these guys have seen it all. They are known for compiling many different genres together including, rave, hardcore techno, electro-industrial, jungle and breakbeat and big beat. Tracks like ‘Charly’ and ‘Firestarter’ shaped the rave scene in the 1990s and still sound as crisp as ever today. We take a look below at 10 tracks that made The Prodigy who they are today.
This was the bands ninth release and came from the album, ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’. The track featured sampled drums from ‘Skull Snaps – It’s A New Day’.
Do you know the Wu Tang Clan? Well here’s a cool fact for you. The whiplashing sword sound effect in the track is a sample of the song “Da Mystery of Chessboxin”.
8. Smack My Bitch Up
A highly controversial track due to its music video. It features a first-person point of view of someone going clubbing, consuming large amounts of drugs and alcohol, abusing women and even vomiting.
7. No Good
Have you ever wanted to know where this iconic vocal came from? Look no further. Kelly Charles – You’re No Good For Me was released in 1987 and repeatedly sampled by the guys on this track.
6. Voodoo People
By now, you would have realised how good The Prodigy are at sampling. The main riff in this hit is from ‘Nirvana – Very Ape’. To be honest, it suits the track perfectly.
5. Your Love
Ah yes, finally we’ve came to the iconic album, ‘Experience’. From the get-go, ‘Your Love’ drags you in with its smoothing piano riff and catchy vocal.
The groups first number one single and by far their most recognisable track. The lyrics along with its spooky music video, this track was the subject of major controversy in the UK.
3. Everybody In The Place
This one was just shy of a UK number one, peaking at number two. It was the bands second ever release. The artwork is a photograph of the now dismantled Corkscrew roller coaster at Alton Towers.
Liam Howlett wrote and produced this number, which was ‘The Prodigy’s’ first ever release. It samples a 1970s BBC Public Information Film, ‘Charley Says’.
1. Out Of Space
Debatable, but we think this is the greatest track ever released from the band. It samples classic reggae track “Chase the Devil” by Max Romeo and it also samples “Critical Beatdown” by the Ultramagnetic MCs.
“I’ll take your brain to another dimension, pay close attention.”
Words: Jordan Kinlan.