Prodigy Biography

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FORMED: 1990, Braintree, Essex, England

The most successful holdover from the early-'90s rave/hardcore scene, the Prodigy initially scored with the 1991 U.K. hit "Charly" and became one of the decade's best-selling dance acts with a string of hit singles. Organized and fronted by Liam Howlett, the group also recorded acclaimed album works and toured the LPs with a stunning live show, which approximated the incendiary spirit of a rave better than any techno act.

Howlett (b. 1971), the prodigy behind the group's name, was classically trained on the piano while growing up in Braintree, Essex. Later, he began listening to rap and DJed with the hip-hop act Cut to Kill before moving on to acid-house in the late '80s. His first production, the EP What Evil Lurks, became a major mover on the fledgling rave scene. After Howlett met up with dancers Keith Flint and Leeroy Thornhill (both Essex natives as well), the trio formed the Prodigy in late 1990. The group gained a contract with XL Records and re-released What Evil Lurks in February 1991.

Six months later, Howlett issued his second single "Charly," built around a sample from a children's public-service announcement. It hit number one on the British dance charts, and then crossed over to the pop charts, stalling only at number three. "Charly" also spawned the copycat craze that launched the Smart E's "Sesame Street," one of the first rave singles to chart in America. Two additional Prodigy singles, "Everybody in the Place" and "Fire/Jericho," charted in the U.K. during late 1991 and early 1992.

The Prodigy showed they were no one-anthem wonders in September 1992, when the group released one of the first LPs by a rave act. The Prodigy Experience appeared on XL in Great Britain and Elektra in America, fluidly mixing previous material with future singles ("Out of Space," "Wind It Up"); it proved a major hit. During 1993, Howlett added a ragga/hip-hop MC named Maxim Reality (Keeti Palmer) and occupied himself with remix work for Front 242, Jesus Jones and Art of Noise. Howlett also released two white-label singles ("Earthbound, Vols. 1 & 2") to fool image-conscious DJs who had written off the Prodigy as hopelessly commercial. Late 1993 brought the new single "One Love" and, early the following year, "No Good (Start the Dance)."

The double-album Music for the Jilted Generation, released in July 1994, was an us-against-them statement in opposition to the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill -- the act that gave British police greater power to stop raves and prosecute their promoters and attenders. The album also continued the Prodigy's allegiance to breakbeat drum 'n bass; the style had only recently become commercially viable, but Howlett had incorporated it virtually from the beginning of his career. The non-album single "Firestarter," released in 1996, became the Prodigy's biggest hit in the U.S. and its video earned a spot on MTV's Buzz Bin. A second 1996 single, "Breathe," hit number one on half a dozen European countries' pop charts. ~ John Bush

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Mindless behavior | Reviewer: Beauty manzini | 2/7/13

My nme is beauty am 15 im a celebrity frm SA im a kind shy person sweet i luv dogs nd mindless nd a carring person luvng person i care for the ones tht i lùv nd am always there for them ill be cmng 2 los angeles on december pls do me a favour pls my favourite color pink nd purple my favourite food mexican food my favourite sport basketball its jst that am nt always tlkng im a rapper nd a singer i wnna learn my 10th grde in ur school if u cn reply its jst tht i cre fr u guys k i wnna record a song with u i was awarded 6 awards last year i'll be there fr u trst me its jst tht am waitng for mr right thts all my birthday its on 25 september pls reply guys i luv mexican people so mucht luv ya guys my stage name is lil izzy i got frm my mom its jst tht i miss u guys i dnt knw where u livng i dnt los angeles the street by luv ya guys i luv ur music valentines girl and hello the way u dance i luv ur styles i also dance hip hop

The band that created music | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/26/07

I am not going to say what of their songs are best or something like that.
I am saying that Prodigy is the best bend ever and I have desire to meet the band.
I know that I will listen them for aa looong period of time because they didn"t make a song that is not good or that some song is crap.
NO. Every song that Prodigy made is excelent.
I feel sorry for someone that says they are crap or something like that.Every prodigy fan knows that he will listen them always and that Prodigy made a inpact on theirs good way.

Prodigy are the BEST !!! | Reviewer: MacMeister | 5/16/07

Prodigy are definitely the BEST music band ever created!Thay are my idols!Their songs never will be borring. One of my biggest dream is to meet Prodigy.
My favourite Prodigy songs are :

1)Smack my bitch up - One of my favourite
2)Breathe - One of my favourite
3)Firestarter - One of my favourite
4)Their LAW - One of my favourite
6)Baby`s got a temper - One of my favourite
7)Voodoo People - One of my favourite
8)No good - One of my favourite
9)Out of Space
10)One love
11)Diesel Power - One of my favourite
12)Serial Thrilla - One of my favourite
13)Funky Shit - One of my favourite
15)Fire - One of my favourite
16)Jerico - One of my favourite
17)Ruff in the jungle - One of my favourite
18)Minefields - One of my favourite
19)Crazy man
20)Spitfire - One of my favourite
22)Get up get off
23)You`ll be under my wheels - One of my favourite
24)Hyperspeed - One of my favourite
25)Medusas Path
26)Fuel my fire - One of my favourite
27)Shootdown - One of my favourite
28)Wake up call - One of my favourite
29)Action radar - One of my favourite
30)G-Force Energy flow - One of my favourite
31)Every body in the place - One of my favourite
32)Razor -My favourite
33)Voodoo Beats - One of my favourite
34)We are the Ruffest - One of my favourite
35)Voodoo people (Pendulum Remix) - One of my favourite

I`m listening these songs every day.Prodigy always will be the best music band I know!

Top list | Reviewer: NinjaFury | 10/9/04

First of all, Prodigy is THE BEST at what they do, plain and simple. I'm also a fan of others in the same scene like "The Crystal Method", but prodigy, in my oppinion, is better. So, here's what I think, are their best songs. Release Dates have NO influence on this list :-

1) Smack my Bitch up - One of the oldest, but still the best.
2) Out of space - It'll "take your brain to another dimension", so "pay close attention"
3) FireStarter - Kick ass, plain and simple.
4) Get Up, Get off - Crazy rap/rave mix.
5) Serial Thrilla - "Damage Destructor"
6) Girls - The latest single
7) Hot Ride - This track is amazing... The Girl who sings kicks ass.. Wow
8) Baby's Got A Temper - "You'll never save her"
9) Diesel Power - Another rap/dance hit with a heavy baseline
10) Funky Shit - "Oh My God, thats the funcky shit" Sweet...
11) Breathe.

Sadly, I haven't listened to "Music for the Jilted Generation", so any songs on that album are not included in my list.

Also, you might like these tracks by Crystal Method : "Name of the game" , "Busy Child" , "Weapons of Mass Distortion" , "Ten Miles Back" and "You know it's Hard".

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