The Prodigy ‎– Charly

XL Recordings ‎– XLT 21, XL Recordings ‎– XLT-21
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Picture Sleeve

Companies, etc.



Spine and rear of sleeve: XLT 21
Centre labels: XLT-21

This edition is packaged in a picture sleeve.
There is also an edition packaged in a company sleeve.

A1: Duration on sleeve: 5:27, centre labels: 5:24.

Recorded at C.W.S Studios
Distributed by Warner Music UK
Pressed at Damont Audio Ltd.

Copyright Control
℗ & © XL-Recordings 1991
Made in England

Track A1 samples:
Dialogue from 1970s public information film Charley Says: Mummy Should Know
Scat vocal from James Brown - Godfather Running The Joint
Vocal from M.C. Shan - Juice Crew Law

Track A2 samples:
Vocal from Big Daddy Kane - Set It Off
Vocal grunt from Big Daddy Kane - Big Daddy's Theme
Stab from Holy Noise - Father Forgive Them (The Trends Mix)

Track AA1 samples:
Vocal from Circuit ft. Koffi - Shelter Me
Vocal from Gary Taylor - Compassion
Sound effect from the film Grease 2

All samples are un-credited on this issue

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012093 502168 >
  • Barcode (String): 5012093502168
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variation 1)): DAMONT 7 XLT 21 A¹ 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side AA (Variation 1)): DAMONT AD XLT 21 AA¹ 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variation 2)): DAMONT AC XLT 21 A¹ 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side AA (Variation 2)): DAMONT A XLT 21 AA¹ 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variation 3)): XLT 21 A¹ 1 DAMONT D
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side AA (Variation 3)): XLT 21 AA¹ 2 DAMONT L

Other Versions (5 of 34) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLS 21CD The Prodigy Charly(CD, Single) XL Recordings XLS 21CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
33965-6 The Prodigy Charly(CD, Single) Koch International Poland 33965-6 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
XLS 21 CD, XLS 21CD The Prodigy Charly(CD, Single, RE) XL Recordings, XL Recordings XLS 21 CD, XLS 21CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLS 21CD The Prodigy Charly(CD, Maxi, RE) XL Recordings XLS 21CD Canada 1995 Sell This Version
33965-4, 33965-7 The Prodigy Charly(Cass, Single, Sil) Koch International, Koch International 33965-4, 33965-7 Poland 1997 Sell This Version


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January 5, 2019
Your love all the way, last track when the lights went up back in the day and the roof would nearly go off!


October 13, 2018

1991 what a year for hardcore and exstacy "pandemonium" what an absolute brilliant track


March 5, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
i listened to a house remix of Charlie in a record store a few years ago and christ it was shite, it had nothing to commend it at all, an off the rack house beat and a boring cheesy baseline , i think howlett would have been offended by how utterly shite it was!!!!!


November 17, 2014

I think your Love is a UK Rave classic. DJ's like Slipmatt and Ellis Dee used to play this in a lot of their sets. It starts off all happy and melodic then it ventures into eerie darker sections and is uplifting. One of 91's real big tracks.


April 4, 2014

I listened to an Easygroove mix tape on Youtube. He decided to mix both versions of Charly together, and then mixed Pandemonium in as the next track. Your Love seems to be a big track with the A list old school hardcore D.J.s


September 3, 2012
your love is the one to head for on this one,pandemonium has its moments but f..k all the others,your loves the one on here.classic banger.


May 18, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
I first heard this in 91 @ dreamscape 1 Easygroove the mp3's going around of it are not legit It has this,Liquid crystal - inner sense, Dj Space the visitor, Shades of rhythm groove creator NRG Dope - E - Dwarf ;-)


October 15, 2011
Possibly one of the first early rave tracks that heard. Those were the days!


August 22, 2010
Charly is a ironic response to the anti-rave legislation, that is! I think it's a good tune.


May 1, 2009
Records that change lives. This surely is amongst them - although not for the title track Charly, for which it has become know. The main reason this record became so popular and broke through to the mainstream charts was because of the B-side... the seminal 'Your Love'. A track that still holds its ground today, which is surely a sign of a masterful piece of music.
Your Love became very popular on the scene, and this record started to sell to begin with for that track alone. Some would argue Pandemonium had a hand it in too, but let's not kid ourselves. Great as it is. I should also add that version of Your Love that appears on this records differs greatly, and stands head and shoulders above the version which appears on the 1st Prodigy album - Experience (although that may be a little bit of nostalgia creeping in, but I don't think so).
Charly of course features the rather annoying cat - who I used to love as a kid but now can't stand - from the 'Stranger Danger' public information films that were broadcast on TV, urging children not to go off with people they didn't know. Sound advice. As would be to pick yourself up a copy of Charly. But again not for the title track. This record for me, and for thousands of others, will always remain all about one track in particular. My love. Your love. Everybody's love.