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With over 20 million units sold worldwide Albums The Prodigy are the undisputed superstar of British club culture. Their unique blend of Techno, Rave, Big Beat, Jungle, Drum'n'Bass, Acid House, punk and electronic Hardcore place for over 20 years scene across millions of fans.

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The Prodigy

The Prodigy (eng., The miracle ‘, wunderkind’) is an English band that made breakbeats in the electronic dance music in the early 1990s popular. At the initial stage more strongly on Acid House and Techno in the early 1990s oriented, they quickly developed their own style, which incorporated new styles such as drum and bass and jungle. Approximately from 1996 coined The Prodigy also current sounds like Big Beat and Trip-Hop, said they had added elements of alternative and punk into their sound.

They named the band after the synthesizer Moog Prodigy.


Liam Howlett

Musical head of the band’s Liam Howlett (born August 21, 1971) from Braintree in Essex, England. The music began during primary school, when he was sent by his father against his will to piano lessons. In secondary school he came up with the hip-hop culture into contact. He learned breakdancing and danced a lot with his crew Pure City Breakers. Among his favorites was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Howlett wanted to realize his musical ideas in his own songs and bought a Moog Prodigy synthesizer. This device is also the name of the later band derives.

At the same time he became the DJ a mix Competition at Capitol Music. A little later he was picked up by a hip-hop band called Cut To Kill a second DJ and so had his first performances. After graduating, he got a job at a London magazine, the Metropolitan. He befriended quickly with the owner and received from him £ 4000 for the production of his first album. Since he was not accepted as a white DJ of the other band members as fully blurted production: The other signed – by means of a written by Liam song – behind his back a contract with a record company. Howlett then parted from the band.

Meanwhile dominated in England Acid House. The rave culture that developed from it, also influenced Howlett. After the first time he went to a rave party in 1989, he was a rave DJ at The Barn in Braintree. Here he met and later Keith Flint and Leeroy Thornhill.

Keith Flint

Keith Charles Flint (born September 17, 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom) went into Howletts project in 1990 levels. After he initially appeared only as a dancer, he took over in the 1996 hit single Firestarter first time the role of the singer. Published in 2003, Flint a solo album called Device # 1 at Universal.


Keith “Maxim” Palmer (born July 26, 1967 in Peterborough) is the MC of The Prodigy. In 1990, Palmer was organized by his friend Ziggy, the rave acts in Essex, discovered and presented Liam Howlett, who initially criticized his style, because it too was based on reggae. After Palmer had participated as MC in some Prodigy appearances, he joined the band as a permanent member.

band History

Founding and first publications (1990 – 1991)

On one of the many parties where Howlett hung up as a DJ, he was of the dancer Leeroy Thornhill (born October 8, 1969) and his friend Keith Flint addressed. Both were enthusiastic about Howletts music and asked him for a mixtape. Howlett made them a cassette with a DJ mix on one side and self-produced tracks on the other side. Flint wrinkled claims to only the nose about the fact that the DJ wanted to foist them his own tracks. But when Flint listened to the B-side, he was thrilled. It was like “a Christmas present that one has not wished”. He then immediately wanted to put together with a band Howlett. With the support of Thornhill and a dancer named Sharky The Prodigy was founded.

A short time later they booked their first appearance in the Maze in London, where she met Keith Palmer aka Maxim Reality (born 26 July 1967). Because they needed an MC, he was inducted into the team. In the following months the five moving from place to place to make themselves and their music known. The number of visitors varied from only five up to 12,000.

Christmas 1990 surprised Howlett the other with a recording contract with XL Recordings, on all but Sharky, responded enthusiastically. Sharky then left the band, because the dates had become too much for them.

In February 1991, Howlett issued the first Prodigy publication called What Evil Lurks. It contained four Breakbeat tracks that still came from Howletts Cut-to kill time, including the piece What Evil Lurks, the Howlett sent a demo tape to XL Recordings in order to apply for a record deal. Then they tried to work on their live show. The sample came but because of the lack of atmosphere not materialize and it is said that The Prodigy have since never rehearsed again.

Experience (1992 – 1993)

against the will of Liam Howlett – – the Happy Hardcore is assigned Six months later, the success Single Charly containing melodies from the British children’s television program and created. Howlett noted that especially the harder version, the Alley Cat Mix, the audience responded. In December 1991 they released their third single Everybody in the Place and in November 1992 came the album Experience.

As the rave scene was declared dead several times, Howlett wanted to change a lot. Under the pseudonym Earthbound (as is his recording studio) Howlett released his new single One Love, with whom he began a new era for Prodigy.

Music for the Jilted Generation (1994 – 1995)

The direction taken was enthusiastically received by a wide audience, which for Liam gave the opportunity to reach new creative freedoms for filming Music for the Jilted Generation and experimenting with diverse stylistic devices. The album contained many hard breakbeats, jazz funk grooves, electric guitars, an unusually hard dance track (No Good (Start the Dance)) and entitled Poison a return to hip-hop, with Palmers song was used for the first time. This expanded the musical possibilities of the band nor a More.

The album debuted in the UK album charts at number one and sold over 1,000,000 times. Based on this success was followed by appearances in the world and The Prodigy won in 1995 MTV Music Award for “Best Dance Act”.

1995 the band toured from festival to festival, being the “greatest show on earth” had in Glastonbury according to organizers.

The Fat of the Land (1996 – 1998)

In April 1996, a big beat track with Keith Flint was the single Firestarter out as a singer. The rhythm was however programmed by an external producer this time. As the video was shown for the first time in the music show Top of the Pops, the BBC had a rush of complaint letters indignant parents withstand that be “mocking” and “provocative” text and the conduct Flint complained about the “shameful” and wondered why the video should be shown at all in the early evening.

The single sold in less than six weeks more than 750,000 times. With the single Breathe the group confirmed in November 1996 their success and thus made the final breakthrough. To date, it is the most successful single release of the band. Only on 30 June 1997 published The Prodigy their third album The Fat of the Land with 10 titles, which was ranked 1 on the charts in 27 countries and for which they again got multi-platinum worldwide. The album was the best selling album in 1997. In May, then began a major world tour over five continents, which lasted until the summer 1999th Among other things, they were in September 1997, before 250,000 people on the Red Square in Moscow, where with the help of the music channel MTV, a concert was recorded. In 1998 it verschlug the band in the island state of Bahrain, where they gave the best concert of their band history by its own account.

End of 1997, the decoupling Smack My Bitch Up made (director Jonas Åkerlund) furore: The video was banned in the US and England and in other countries as it visualized drugs, sex and violence excesses. Howlett had announced then that there would be no fourth album more due to the many protests. In the next five years The Prodigy posting further tracks.

The Dirtchamber Session (1999)

This “tribute album” produced Howlett originally for a shipment of BBC Radio 1 called Breeze Block, in which various “stars” of the music business a mix of their personal favorite songs laying on for 50 minutes live. He mixed samples of 50 different songs (from The Chemical Brothers to the Beatles). Because Howlett and the listeners of this mix liked it so much, he published a slightly modified for licensing reasons set 1999 to a CD under the name The Dirtchamber Sessions Vol. 1.

Solo careers (2000 – 2004)

In 2001, Palmer and Thornhill started his own solo careers and published their own separate single. Thornhill gave in April 2001, leaving the 4 constellation known and now devoted himself under the alias “Flightcrank” definitively his solo performance.

Keith Flint also tried on a personal project, but although already an album was produced, entitled Device # 1, the project broke before the official release.

Following the band, 2002, threes on at several festivals in Europe and presented around the same time her new song Baby’s Got a Temper.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004 – 2005)

2004 saw the fourth album from The Prodigy entitled Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. After the mostly negative reviews for Baby’s Got a Temper a change in direction was obvious. At the same time there was the band, particularly Liam Howlett, in a creative crisis. Palmer and Flint looked at the production of the album no longer, however, guest musicians as Kool Keith, Liam Gallagher (Oasis) and Princess Superstar. Maxim and Keith Flint still remained an integral part of the live performances. Although the album was able to achieve good sales, it convinced a few critics.

Interim publications (2005 – 2007)

2004 saw the remix album Always Outsiders Never outdone, produced some of the best Bootlegger Britain and only contains remixed versions of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. The remix album was not officially released by The Prodigy, but was offered a site in mp3 download.

After The Prodigy went back in late 2004 and 2005 on tour, was released in September 2005 an album titled Their Law – The Singles 1990-2005. Thereupon the greatest hits of the band, from Out of Space are about No Good (Start the Dance) to Firestarter and Girls. The album is also a limited bonus CD containing remixes, rare pieces and live versions.

In early 2006 appeared a mix album from Liam Howlett as part 23 of the back-to-Mine series, their favorite songs reveal in various artists as a compilation.

2007 piece Shadow was released as a music title of Xbox 360 racing game Project Gotham Racing. 4 On the soundtrack of the Japanese anime film Vexille a reduced version of the song appeared under the name of The Shadow. Another version called The Shadow of the Devil, was used for the horror movie Reverb.

Further controlled Prodigy music to the soundtracks of video games Wipeout 2097, Tomb Raider: Legend, Forza Motorsport 2, Project Gotham Racing 3, Enter the Matrix and Need for Speed ​​in. Likewise, some of the songs found in 2010 released movie Kick-Ass again.

Invaders Must Die (2007 – 2010)

The album Invaders Must Die was to appear in 2007 originally, but was not published until 20 February 2009 on the publisher Universal Music in Germany. Music critics reacted largely positively to the new album, especially English-language publications. In the German-speaking countries, the judgments were made mostly good, only occasionally there were critical voices.

A total of four singles were released from the album. The first single from the album in the UK acted the title omen, while the slightly different bonus track version O was published in the German-speaking countries. This was followed by Warrior’s Dance and Take Me To The Hospital, most recently the title track Invaders Must Die.

The Day Is My Enemy (from 2010)

On 24 July 2010, the live album World’s On Fire was recorded in National Bowl, which was published on May 20, 2011 as CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. The images show the appearance of the band on their own festival, which bore the name of Warrior’s Dance Festival.

In November 2010, announced Liam Howlett, the band would start after their US tour with Linkin Park to work on a new album.

2011 produced Liam Howlett remixed Southcentral of the song The Day I Die. Early 2012. The Prodigy won the event Mixmag’s Greatest Dance Act Of All Time Revealed, which was organized by the British magazine Mixmag.

On December 3, 2012, the band’s 15th anniversary published a Expanded edition of its published 1997 album The Fat of the Land, which contains some new remixes by artists such as Noisia.

December 2014 to The Prodigy announced the first single of their new album, which was released on January 12, 2015 under the name Nasty. The publication of the sixth studio album The Day Is My Enemy, which was created under the working title How To Steal A jetfighter, was announced on March 27, 2015. The album title is a reference to the lyrics of All Through the Night by Cole Porter: “The day is my enemy, the night my friend”.