The Prodigy

The Prodigy

Profile:
British electronic group, founded in 1990. Their first release was single "What Evil Lurks" (1991). Their early music was mostly rave/breakbeat, but has become more mainstream mixing in rock guitars with the third album "The Fat Of The Land" (1997).

Band members:
- Liam Howlett (head of the group; producer).
- Keith Flint (vocals, dancing).
- Maxim (MCing, vocals).
(- Leeroy Thornhill (dancing) – former longterm member).

The original Prodigy line-up was Liam on keyboards and Leeroy, Keith and Sharky as dancers. Maxim was recruited at short notice to MC at their debut gig at Labrynth in Dalston, London. Sharky left the group at Christmas 1990 after they got their record deal with XL as she didn't want to devote more time to the band. Their initial deal with XL was for 4 singles, with XL paying a £1500 advance prior to the first single.

The Prodigy briefly used the pseudonym Earthbound (6) (named after Liam's studio) for the original white-label summer releases of "One Love" (1993). Leeroy Thornhill left the band in 2000.
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The Prodigy Discography

Albums

The Prodigy Experience (Album, Comp) XL Recordings Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Music For The Jilted Generation (Album, Comp) XL Recordings UK 1994 Sell This Version
Prodigy* The Fat Of The Land (Album, EP) XL Recordings Canada 1997 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (Album) XL Recordings Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Zane* 's Masterpieces: The Prodigy Zane* 's Masterpieces: The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation - 3 Disc Set(3xCDr) Cooking Vinyl, BBC Radio 1 none UK 2008 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Invaders Must Die (Album, Comp, EP) Take Me To The Hospital UK 2009 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Live - World's On Fire (Album) Take Me To The Hospital US 2011 Sell This Version
The Prodigy The Day Is My Enemy (Album, Comp) Take Me To The Hospital, Cooking Vinyl Russia 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Prodigy What Evil Lurks (EP) XL Recordings, XL Recordings UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Charly (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Out Of Space (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings, XL Recordings UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Fire • Jericho (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings, XL Recordings UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Everybody In The Place (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Wind It Up (Rewound) (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings US 1993 Sell This Version
The Prodigy One Love (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings Germany 1993 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Voodoo People (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings Italy 1994 Sell This Version
The Prodigy No Good (Start The Dance) (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings Scandinavia 1994 Sell This Version
The Prodigy Poison (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings Germany 1995 Sell This Version
SC1 The Prodigy Scienide(12", Ltd, Promo, W/Lbl) XL Recordings SC1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Prodigy* Breathe (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings Australia 1996 Sell This Version
Prodigy* Minefields (Single) XL Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
Prodigy* Firestarter (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-8652-R Prodigy* Firestarter / Their Law(CD, Single, Promo) Maverick PRO-CD-8652-R US 1996 Sell This Version
Prodigy* Smack My Bitch Up (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings UK 1997 Sell This Version
none The Prodigy Diesel Power(Acetate, 12", S/Sided, Ltd) XL Recordings none UK 1997 Sell This Version

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superpoison99

superpoison99

July 29, 2016
Группа Тhе Prodigy - все таки эта группа была популярна в середине 90-х - начале двухтысячных годов. И с этим ничего нельзя поделать, Видно конечно, что Лиам не понимает и не принимает сегодняшнюю электронную рок музыку, как андерграундную так и мейнстримовую, попсовую, и Лиама можно понять. Лиам гнет свою линию. Он всю эту примитивную, гадостную псевдо - электронную музыку презирает всем своим сердцем (я это серьезно говорю).
Начсет альбомов группы Тhe prodigy - мне нравится второй альбом 1994 года, который вышел после смерти Курта Кобейна. Особенно из этого альбома мне нравятся последние три трека, сами знаете, какие. А вот про третий альбом могу сказать только одно - лучшая композиция из него - это Climbatize, видно что она немного напоминает второй альбом.
А четвертый альбом... это скорее личная работа Лиама, нежели всей группы. Можно сказать что это своеобразный Тhе Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 2!
Из альбома invaders Must Die мне понравилась композиция Warrior's Dance, видно что эта композиция немного напоминает старые работы Лиама такие как Charly (1991) и No Good (1994).
Группа Тhe Prodigy распадется в 2021 году, Лиаму как раз тогда стукнет 50 лет!

Group The Prodigy - still, this group was popular in the mid-90s - the beginning of the two thousandth's. And there's nothing you can do about it, it is evident of course, that Liam does not understand and does not accept today's electronic rock music, both underground and mainstream, pop, and Liam can understand. Liam bends the line. It is all of this primitive, filthy pseudo - electronic music hates with all his heart (I'm serious).
As for the band's albums The Prodigy - I like the second album in 1994, which was released after the death of Kurt Cobain. Especially from the album I like the last three tracks, you know what. But about the third album I can say only one thing - the best song out of it - it Climbatize is evident that it is a bit like a second album.
A fourth album ... it's more personal work of Liam, rather than the entire group. We can say that this kind of Tkhe Dirthamber Sessions Volume 2!
From the album Invaders Must Die I liked the song Warrior;s Dance, seen that this composition is a bit like the old works such as Liam Charlie (1991) and No Good (1994).
Group The Prodigy disintegrate in 2021, Liam just as banging 50 years!
elektr0bi

elektr0bi

June 13, 2015
why don't they release "day is my enemy" as a 12" in all the colours possible ? as it's the only listenable track from the new "previous album throw aways" album ? AND a hit track ? won't their pride let them or what ? THE TRACK IS ALBUM SAVIOUR, DEAR DADDIES - think about it
transition-metal

transition-metal

March 5, 2015
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I first heard the prodigy in 1991 and prior to that i was a disillusioned thrash metal fan who couldn't find anything besides Mertallica worth listening too, from the first moment i heard the opening riff of Charlie i new i had found the type of music that was looking for, metal was instantly swepped away by breakbeats and techno!!! i think a lot of metal fans made the switch to techno and raves in those early days. This has all been said before but i love the Prodigy's uncompromising attitude to the commercialisation of dance music which is the great tragedy of our time, raves are not what they were in the 90's, these days they are sponsored by multi national corp like Coca cola and advertised on the side s of buses. Superstar DJ'S are a bunch of fuckheads, ever since vinyl went out of fashion in favour of sticking a stupid frigging usb stick into a sound system and making out like they are actually mixing when in fact they are playing a pre recorded mix it is impossible for cynicism to not set in.
I still love electronic music but there is no denying the new generation of DJ'S suck !!!
Lady-Miss-Kier

Lady-Miss-Kier

September 18, 2012
From the beginning when I grew up in a littel village in Germany, sitting every saturday
to listen to the UK charts on the radio I fell in love with this band. I began buying all
their CD´s when other guys in school didn´t even know them.
Then Out of space hit the charts across europe and they got more popular outside the UK.
In 94 Music for the jilted generation was released...everybody began loving them.
I was in 2 concerts, 95 together with Moby and 97 solo. Especially the 97 concert just blow
my mind.....so fucking loud your whole body was in vibration even you stood still.
I always regret that I was only 14 and from Germany when the rave scene in the UK started, it
must have been amazing to visit such parties.
For sure this must be the best electronic band that ever set foot on this planet. So innovative,
creative, powerful and full of ideas, always ahead of their time and never tired to mix music styles to one
unique sound.
Xonic_64

Xonic_64

May 14, 2011
I don't think any group manage to blend rave music with a punk image like Prodigy has. They're simply untouchable.
pyc

pyc

May 28, 2010
The Prodigy is possibly the greatest electronic dance music act in history. Apart from staying on the level even with new tracks, they showed that the amount of energy they bring live on their gigs is uncomparable to any other EDM band as I know it. And I'm not the one who sits at home listening to the music that should be danced to. I've been on their concerts in 1995, 2005 and 2009 and all I can say they're actually getting better and better over the time. I'm their hardcore fan because they simply stood the test of time, and because Liam is constantly inovating, and he also likes to bring some old-skool beats and vibes again.
Matt-THE-Geeza

Matt-THE-Geeza

March 10, 2008
The Prodigy's first demo tape to XL Records in 1990 contained 5 tracks: "Evil Minds", "Dr. Zupan", "Oz", "Lift Me" and "Charly" (Remix '91). XL also have a floppy disk containing "Death Of The Prodigy Dancer" (Studio Version) [1992], which is different to the version found on "The Experience" album because the album version was recorded live with Keith MCing.

1) - "Evil Minds" - Breakbeat, with grimey bass line and ravey synths. "What's wrong with you man? - He's crazy" is a vocal sample used over parts of the song, mostly cut to just "What's wrong with you man?". On this tape, "Evil Minds" and "Lift Me" are my joint favourite tracks.

2) "Dr. Zupan" - Acid House with a slight electro feel to it on the percussion. To me this tracks sounds dated and a bit simple, but I can imagine in it's day being pretty good. On The tape it is my least favourite.

3) "Oz" - Breakbeat with a guitar sample. The guitar sample; in my opinion gives a feeling of the Middle East and Arabian nights. It sounds quite fresh and up-to-date, like the music from "The Fat Of The Land Album", or the soundtrack to the motion picture "The Matrix". I wasn't fond of this track when I first heard it but has grown on me a lot.

4) "Lift Me" - Very typically Old Skool music - if your a fan of the Rave sound i'd strongly suggest trying to find this. It's not fast, but the bass line is definitely grimey! Also the "Woo-hoo" sample you may recognise; as The Prodigy used it again in the track "Your Love".

5) "Charly" (Remix '91) - Breakbeat laiden Rave / Hardcore. Sounds quite similar to the Original Mix, only there are little differences like sound effects, the way the song is constructed, extra pads, different introduction and different outro.

6) "Death Of The Prodigy Dancer" (Studio Version) - just the same as what you can hear on the album, only without the MCing, and marginally clearer. The distortion on the album is also on the Studio Version in places which makes me think that was the sound Liam was trying to create. As the track fades out you can hear "Everybody Into The Place" (155 And Rising) fading up, which makes me think this was the next track Liam wanted on the album, only it was all re-arranged when they couldn't fit all the tracks on.

With exception to "Charly" (Remix '91) and "Death Of The Prodigy Dancer" (Studio Version) most of the tracks are quite slow compared to their Hardcore/Rave/Techno tracks some may expect from their singles and albums released between 1991-1995.

Old Skool Hardcore fans should check out "Evil Minds", "Lift Me" and "Death Of The Prodigy Dancer" (Studio Version). I found them on The Prodigy's official website in 2007, but now the site is being updated and I don't know if these tracks will be included on their home page again. Good luck finding them!
Really XL should just release everything they have they have kept back from us over the years, and we wouldn't have to settle with poorer quality sound over the internet.
loungeroomdj

loungeroomdj

March 4, 2004
The Prodigy have managed to stay on the fringes of electronic music styles since their start in the early ninties. They began with 'Experience', a unique blend of old-skool jungle, breakbeat and hardcore techno. They only hit the world wide stage with the release of 'Music for the Jilted Generation' which demonstrated the diversity of music styles they were able to achieve.

Many people think that the third albulm 'Fat of the Land' was a sell out, but personally I think it was a move back to Liam's preferred style, an elctro/punk clash which bought them world-wide fame.
anType

anType

June 10, 2003
Prodigy is the band that really got me into techno music. The first song I heard by them was "Breathe" and I was absolutely amazed by the amount of energy it contained. Later I've discovered "Music For The Jilted Generation" - the album that I consider as one of the greatest things ever happened to electronic music. And it's really amazing that it's only one guy who's doing all the producing - a genius of techno music, Liam Howlett.

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