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The History Of Prodigy


Pre-Prodigy: Liam Howlett started his musical career as a DJ in a group

called Cut To Kill in 1987, but (as far as we know) he worked on only

one of their singles, titled Listen to the Basstone. He left the band

when they signed a contract that excluded him, and, influenced by house

music (later rave) arriving from overseas, became a DJ in Essex. Soon

(in the club The Barn) he met Leeroy Thornhill, the two-meter tall James

Brown-fan dancer, and ”freelance” traveler Keith Flint, who were the

members of the same rave crowd. Then they asked for a tape of Liam’s

DJing and after hearing some of his own tunes, they asked to dance to

his music, if he played live. A friend, Ziggy organized a live

appearance at a venue called Labyrinth in 1990. The dancers (Keith,

Leeroy, and a friend of Keith’s, Sharky) and Liam were ready for the

gig, but Liam also wanted an MC – friends recommended Maxim Reality

(Keith ”Keeti” Palmer), who joined them as an MC to better the live

shows. The first live Prodigy performance was held in front of 250

people. After the first gig, more followed – and the five formed The

Prodigy (yes, originally there were 5 members)


The first singles: Their first release, What Evil Lurks (with four

tracks) sold seven thousand copies (peaking at #31 in the Dance Chart –

note that after this Sharky left the band) and started them on a way of

massive hits over the following years (after that, they had tons of live

performances in various clubs). Their next single was Charly (which Liam

hoped wouldn’t enter the Top 40), ”featuring” a sample from a BBC Public

Information Film (intended for kids), and became a club anthem, and an

incredible hit (going #3 in the UK Single Chart, and #1 in the UK Dance

Chart) – also causing much controversy, with newspapers claiming the

track ”killed rave”.


The live shows: Being ravers, it was obvious for the Prodigy to have

live shows. In fact, at the beginning, it was the live shows that the

whole Prodigy music was based on – their live shows becoming the most

popular among youth, because of their style and energy. Liam even said

he respected a big rave more than a chart single.


The following months: After the success of Charly, the they released 3

more singles before the first album: Everybody In The Place (which went

#2, being kept off the top spot by the re-release of Bohemian Rhapsody),

Fire and Out Of Space (which was their first international hit,

conquering the airwaves of many European countries). Liam also made

several remixes (for Dream Frequency and Art Of Noise), and turned down

Take That when they asked him to remix one of their songs.


The first album: in November 1992, the Prodigy released their first

full-length album: Experience. Its unique style and freshness made it a

hit – but promotion tours (with Paul Oakenfold and Moby) were complete

failures, and the band ended up with huge debts.


Number one album: This was the time for change: the anonymously released

track, One Love was kind of different, leaving behind most of the

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