The ProdigyCharly

Label:XL Recordings – XLT 21, XL Recordings – XLT-21
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Picture Sleeve
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore


A1Charly (Alley Cat Mix)5:27
AA1Your Love6:00
AA2Charly (Original Mix)3:56

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

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Charly (CD, Single)XL RecordingsXLS 21CDUK1991
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Charly (7", 45 RPM, Single)XL RecordingsXLS-21UK1991
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Charly (12", 45 RPM, Single)Torso DanceTorso 12201Netherlands1991
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Charly (12", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Blow UpINT 125.921Germany1991
Charly (7", 45 RPM, Single)Blow Up, XL RecordingsINT 110.926Germany1991



  • mattyb33ts's avatar
    Edited 7 months ago
    This was a controversial track when it was fresh. Some critics saw the mixture of hardcore techno with a children's public service announcement sample as edgy and clever, while others thought it was corny and in poor taste. I think it's a shame that people couldn't look deeper to the core grit of this track. It's truly awesome, and a heavy dance floor hitter. To me, it has a classic sound, but it doesn't date itself to '91. I love it, glad to have it in my collection. Alley cat mix is the one to spin for me.
    • Brano424111's avatar
      Happy 31th anniversary to Legendary Charly. The first single of The Prodigy that changed The rave scene in 1991.
      • The Cats Whiskers...Charlie Says,Don't Forget 2Tell Ur Mummy B4 U Go Off Some Where..meOwwww..I Love It The Day it was Released Proper Old Skool Tuninge Still got my Copy
        • Johnmarcus's avatar
          Big 12" this one, "Charley" "Alley Cat Mix" was probably the better know & heavily played track with its cheeky sample from a safety advert for kids from the late 1980's. But then you also have "Your Love" which later became a huge track in its own right, along with the tough driving beats & synth of "Pandemonium".
          • mattcymru2021's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            I knew the advert way before i knew the tune... legendary stuff though! screw the haters! and kenny everett did the miaowing!
            • SoulFab72's avatar
              Edited 2 years ago
              Charly was a great track if you fancied a cheesy night of techno and rave at the local bar but Your Love on the flip side was much more of an anthem and is up there with serious club tunes of the day like Bizarre Inc - Playing With Knives, Brothers in Rhythm - Peace and Harmony, Last Rhythm - Last Rhythm, Shades of Rhythm - Sound of Eden, etc.
              • Matt-THE-Geeza's avatar
                The unreleased Original Original Mix is found on the 10 Track Demo Tape, and the unreleased Remix '91 version is found on the 5 Track Demo Tape which featured via Flash on the band's website for a week back in 2007. The Website back then also had the Studio Version of Death Of The Prodigy Dancer.
                • kev_gee's avatar
                  Whilst the title track Charly got the attention. The standout track on this seminal 12 is Your Love. A FANTASTIC Piano track that gives me goose bumps everytime.
                  BTW The sample was from a TV public information advert featuring a cartoon cat telling kids to watch the road before they cross.
                  • chrisesurfer's avatar
                    Your love all the way, last track when the lights went up back in the day and the roof would nearly go off!
                    • Wickedmarkonwax's avatar
                      1991 what a year for hardcore and exstacy "pandemonium" what an absolute brilliant track


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