The Prodigy are an enigmatic electronic group for sure. Many think of them as having a short but fruitful career in the mid-to-late nineties. But what some readers don’t know is that they have steadily had a fairly successful career since then, releasing their most recent album in 2018. And you can find much more information on the Prodigy below…
Number Fifteen: Technically The Prodigy is Just One Man. Liam Howlett is the forefront of the group, and according to many accounts, he is the only one of the group who signed their initial record contract. But anyone who knows the music knows it relies on a variety of talents.
Number Fourteen: They’ve Been Performing for 29 Years. It’s kind of hard to conceptualize, but The Prodigy played their first gig in 1990 to about 20 audience members.
Number Thirteen: They Have a Distinctive Sound for a Specific Reason. The Prodigy have really perfected their own brand of electronic music. Part of the reason for this comes from the blend of their two specific influences: early 1970’s funk and late 1980’s.
Number Twelve: The Prodigy Used to Have a Fourth Member. Currently, it is comprised of Liam Howlett (composer) and Maxim (vocalist). They used to have Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist) who committed suicide and an additional dancer name Sharky but she split when they landed their first record deal.
Number Eleven: Liam Howlett Loves Steve Jobs. He composes all of his music on Apple machines and Apple software programs. Who knows what The Prodigy would sound like without the corporation?
Number Ten: The Were Very Important to the Rave Scene in the 1990’s. This is especially true in the United Kingdom, where the music scene was more like a youth movement than simply an amorphous group of fans. The Prodigy have even been labelled The Godfathers of Rave because of what they have meant to the music.
This is especially true in the United Kingdom, where the music scene was more like a youth movement than simply an amorphous group of fans. The Prodigy have even been labelled The Godfathers of Rave because of what they have meant to the music.
Number Nine: They Helped to Pioneer a New Sub-genre in Electronic. Their style incorporates elements of other earlier genres like house, drum and bass and especially techno to create the genre we generally know them for: Big Beat.
The Prodigy have had one of the most enduring popular careers in electronic music history. As you’ll see from the second half of this list, despite some critical setback, they have continued to create crowd-pleasing music for decades. Read on for the second half of the list…
Number Eight: They Have Performed With Some Big Names. They have played live with some of the biggest names in electronic and rock history. Some of the notable producers and bands include Chemical Brothers, Moby, David Bowie, Rage Against The Machine, Sepultura, Dog Eat Dog, Suede and DJ Paul Oakenfold.
Number Seven: They Have Very Different Approaches to Preparing for a Show. Hair and makeup differ for each band member. Liam needs about two minutes whereas Maxim requires a good hour and a half.
Number Six: Liam Howlett Was in a Hip Hop Band. They were called Cut 2 Kill and had some moderate success in the UK – nothing like the success of The Prodigy, though.
Number Five: Their First Single Didn’t Do So Well. It was called the What Evil Lurks E.P. A hard copy is hard to find, since there are only 7,000 total copies of the record.
Number Four: They Are So Popular that Bands Have Attempted to Create Fake Records. Yeah, there are fake The Prodigy records out there. Part of the reason for this is the demand for new music in the long hiatuses they often take.
Number Three: They Make Most of their Music in a Home Studio. It’s owned by Liam and it even has its own name: The Dirtchamber.
Number Two: The Hold the Record for Most Simultaneous Hit Singles. For a month in 1996, 10 of their songs were on the UK Top 100 at the same time: Charly, Everybody In The Place, Fire, Out Of Space, Wind It Up, One Love, No Good [Start The Dance], Voodoo People, Poison and, of course, Firestarter.
Number One: “The Fat of the Land” is the Fastest-Selling Dance Record of All Time. Another world record for The Prodigy. The 1997 album sold 317,000 copies in a week.