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'.
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.
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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
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The Prodigy continued their fine run in the charts.
The Prodigy has scored their sixth No.1 album with The Day is My Enemy, knocking James Bay's well received record The Chaos and the Calm to number two. The Essex band pulled in mixed reviews for their latest effort though it outsold albums from Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran on its debut week.
The Prodigy have landed their sixth new album, The Day Is My Enemy
The Day is My Enemy follows Music For The Jilted Generation (1994), The Fat of the Land ('97), Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004), Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 ('05), and Invaders Must Die ('09).
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Now a quarter of a century into their career, The Prodigy are an act who genuinely need little introduction. This, 'The Day Is My Enemy', is their sixth album and will be promoted with European and UK tours, before a packed festival schedule taking in the likes of Isle Of Wight, T In The Park and Benicassim amongst many others.
When The Prodigy re-announced themselves with the vitriolic 'Nasty', it was the anger of the song which was the most impressive aspect of what was ultimately a disappointing return. Thankfully, the title track which opens the record hits the target with Liam Howlett providing the audio equivalent of an adrenalin shot. Tinged with electronica, the heavy beats are punishing in the best of ways and it is only bettered by 'Destroy', a frantic anthem which teases the sound of 'Breathe' during its intro. Another fine sensory assault comes in the shape of 'Wild Frontier', while 'Get Your Fight On' is a reminder of why this outfit have bridged the gap between dance and rock so successfully.
As much as 'The Day Is My Enemy' is a thumping example of the prowess of The Prodigy, it is by no means a classic to sit alongside their work of the nineties. The inconsistency which hindered 2009's 'Invaders Must Die' is, to an extent, present here. 'Ibiza' unfortunately finding Keith Flint sounding like The Streets' Mike Skinner while the lyric in 'Medicine' about "a spoon full of sugar" invariably leaves you thinking of Mary Poppins - perhaps the least threatening fictional character in history. It slightly derails an album of fury, which for the main, is channelled into relentless juggernauts, but there's no doubting this Essex trio remain a formidable force.
Continue reading: The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy Album Review
T's new Perthshire home will welcome a group of amazing acts.
Amazing acts have been announced to perform at this year's T In The Park including Kasabian, Avicii and Fatboy Slim. Despite notorious festivals to match up to, it is looking very likely that this year that T in the Park will blow people away.
T in the Park has moved to it new home in the grounds of Strathallan Castle. Organisers DF Concerts and Tennent's Lager are ecstatic about the festival's first year here, playing host to 85,000 fans this summer. Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: 'This year is going to be a very special one for T in the Park as we make the beautiful grounds of Strathallan Castle our new home, and we're thrilled that some of the biggest artists in the world will be joining us in this historic first year.'
Continue reading: T In the Park 2015 Announces Killer Line-Up For Its New Venue
The UK edition of the metal festival has been cancelled for the third time in four years.
Bad news for metal fans today: the UK edition of Sonisphere festival at Knebworth will not go ahead this year. Sonisphere’s organisers made the announcement on its official website late on Friday (January 16th).
One of the reasons given was that there had been a struggle to put together a “good enough” line-up, though The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden had all been announced as headliners for the July 4th-6th event. Furthermore, in the increasingly crowded festival fixture list, it’s been difficult to find a weekend that doesn’t clash with other events.
Iron Maiden had been one of the confirmed headliners for Sonisphere 2015
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The globally popular British dance act unveiled details of the release of their sixth studio album, 'The Day Is My Enemy'.
After over half a decade since their last outing, legendary dance outfit the Prodigy have released details of their new album. The Day Is My Enemy will be released on Monday 30th March, and will be the Prodigy’s sixth studio record, the first since 2009’s Invaders Must Die.
Announcing the news on their official website, it will contain fourteen tracks, including the lead single ‘Nasty’ which was unveiled at the back end of last year. Also on the tracklisting is a collaboration with British punk band Sleaford Mods on a track entitled ‘Ibiza’, and one with DJ Flux Pavilion called ‘Rhythm Bomb’.
The Prodigy will release their sixth album 'The Day Is My Enemy' in March
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The Friday night will see another rock / dance combination after the success of Biffy Clyro / Calvin Harris this year.
The two bands will perform on the Friday night of next year’s festival, although the order in which they’ll appear on stage has not yet been confirmed. Pharrell Williams, who has had runaway success as a solo artist in the last 18 months, will also be playing the festival.
U.S. blues-rockers The Black Keys will co-headline Isle of Wight with British veterans The Prodigy
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Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
3rd August, 1990