History Music / TheProdigy

27th Mar '17 9:22:17 AM wyattte
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The Prodigy's early material was largely straightforward rave with humorous samples thrown in, as shown by their debut album ''Experience''. While this was a success in the early 1990s and spawned several singles like "Out of Space" and "Charly", it gave them a reputation as lightweights, attracting derisive nicknames like "kiddie ravers" or "Toytown techno". Inspired by the impending passage of the landmark Criminal Justice Act (which cracked down hard on the rave scene) Howlett [[NewSoundAlbum threw out all the bright and colourful rave]] for their follow-up ''Music for the Jilted Generation'', instead cultivating an angry, heavy sound drawing from techno, breakbeat and industrial rock. The track "Their Law" marked their first collaboration with a rock band, Music/PopWillEatItself, while "Voodoo People" kept them on the charts.

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The Prodigy's early material was largely straightforward rave with humorous samples thrown in, as shown by their debut album ''Experience''. While this was a success in the early 1990s and spawned several singles like "Out of Space" and "Charly", it gave them a reputation as lightweights, attracting derisive nicknames like "kiddie ravers" or "Toytown techno". Inspired by the impending passage of the landmark Criminal Justice Act (which cracked down hard on the rave scene) Howlett [[NewSoundAlbum threw out all the bright and colourful rave]] for their follow-up ''Music for the Jilted Generation'', instead cultivating an [[DarkerAndEdgier angry, heavy sound sound]] drawing from techno, breakbeat and industrial rock.rock. Howlett went so far as to test the waters for his new sound by pre-releasing a couple of the album's tracks under the name Earthbound, tracks which won huge underground approval. The track "Their Law" marked their first collaboration with a rock band, Music/PopWillEatItself, while "Voodoo People" kept them on the charts.



** The pitched-up Arabic vocalizing in "One Love," or rather, ''"ween laaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaahaaaaaave."''



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Music for the Jilted Generation,'' and how. ''The Day is My Enemy'' is shaping up to be the Prodigy's darkest album yet.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Music for the Jilted Generation,'' and how. ''The Day is My Enemy'' is shaping up to be also one of the Prodigy's darkest album albums yet.



* EpicRocking: Back in the rave days, The Prodigy weren't the least bit shy of passing the six-minute mark. "Break & Enter" surpasses eight minutes, and even ''Fat Of The Land's'' "Narayan" reaches nine. With their latter-day sound, their songs are a bit more compact.
* EvolvingMusic: "Break & Enter" from ''Music For The Jilted Generation'' has seen a couple of modifications. Its live version was shortened a bit and has a modified beat and an electric guitar added to the mix. This version is referred to as "Break & Enter '95." In the 2000s, they began playing another version, in a lower key and with a shortened intro, and this version got recorded in the studio and released on the UpdatedRerelease of ''Jilted'' as the '2005 Live Edit.'



->''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sev_NjA21oc Got a lousy haircut, a really stupid haircut..."]]''

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->''"[[https://www.->''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sev_NjA21oc Got "Got a lousy haircut, a really stupid haircut..."]]''
23rd Mar '17 11:32:04 PM wyattte
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used extensively on ''Experienc''e. It was used more sparingly on ''Music for the Jilted Generation'' and ''The Fat of the Land''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Experience,'' from 1993, is bright, chirpy, poppy rave music. ''Music For The Jilted Generation'' is where the Prodigy did a 180 and became the sinister electronic punks we know them as.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used extensively on ''Experienc''e.''Experience''. It was used more sparingly on ''Music for the Jilted Generation'' and ''The Fat of the Land''.



** "Funky Shit" → "Serial Thrilla" → "Mindfields" → "Narayan"
* HornedHairdo: Keith Flint

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** "Funky Shit" → "Serial Thrilla" → "Mindfields" → "Narayan"
"Mindfields"
* HornedHairdo: Keith FlintFlint.



* TheNineties

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* TheNinetiesTheNineties: Heavily identified with big beat, one of the 90s' most prominent styles of electronic music.



* ProtestSong: Inasmuch as electronic dance music can invoke this trope, "Their Law" would qualify.



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->''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sev_NjA21oc Got a lousy haircut, a really stupid haircut..."]]''
29th Jul '16 5:11:22 PM stuffedninja
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* TitleTrack: ''Invaders Must Die'' and ''The Day Is My Enemy'' both have one.
** ''Experience'' sorta has one with "Weather Experience".
** Non-album example: the ''What Evil Lurks'' EP.



* WhamShot: In the music video from "Smack my Bitch Up" you follow a person through a wild night out from his point of view (as mentioned above at UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective). This person drinks a lot, harasses women, gets in fights with men (and women), visits a strip club and finally has sex with a stripper. In the final shot of the clip, when you look in the mirror, it turns out this person you where following was actually a woman...

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* WhamShot: In the music video from for "Smack my Bitch Up" Up", you follow a person through a wild night out from his point of view (as mentioned above at UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective). This person drinks a lot, harasses women, gets in fights with men (and women), visits a strip club and finally has sex with a stripper. In the final shot of the clip, when you look in the mirror, it turns out this [[spoiler:this person you where were following was actually a woman...
woman...]]
25th Jul '16 9:26:14 PM gewunomox
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[[caption-width-right:345:So, about that fire that needed starting...]]

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[[caption-width-right:345:So, [[caption-width-right:345: So, about that fire that needed starting...]]



After another four-year pause, the band put out a new album, ''Invaders Must Die''. This was noticeably better received than ''Outnumbered''. A sixth album, ''The Day Is My Enemy'', was released at the end of March 2015.

!!Discography

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After another four-year pause, the band put out a new album, ''Invaders Must Die''. This was noticeably better received than ''Outnumbered''. A sixth album, ''The Day Is is My Enemy'', was released at the end of March 2015.

!!Discography!! Discography:



** ''More Music For The Jilted Generation'' (2008) (an UpdatedRerelease)

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** ''More Music For The for the Jilted Generation'' (2008) (an UpdatedRerelease)



* ''The Day Is My Enemy'' (2015)

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* ''The Day Is is My Enemy'' (2015)



!!Tropes associated with ''The Prodigy'':

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!!Tropes !! Tropes associated with ''The Prodigy'':



** Also, "Smack My Bitch Up": "''Change my pitch up/[[TitleDrop Smack my bitch up]]''"

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** Also, "Smack My Bitch Up": "''Change my pitch up/[[TitleDrop up / [[TitleDrop Smack my bitch up]]''"



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Music For The Jilted Generation,'' and how. ''The Day Is My Enemy'' is shaping up to be the Prodigy's darkest album yet.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Music For The for the Jilted Generation,'' and how. ''The Day Is is My Enemy'' is shaping up to be the Prodigy's darkest album yet.
10th Jun '16 12:12:45 AM gewunomox
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!!Tropes associated with TheProdigy

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!!Tropes associated with TheProdigy
''The Prodigy'':
17th Mar '16 6:17:45 AM Willbyr
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-->"Firestarter"

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-->"Firestarter"
-->-- "Firestarter"



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10th Mar '16 4:38:36 PM Exxolon
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->''I'm the trouble starter, punking instigator,\\
I'm the fear addicted, danger illustrated,\\
I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter,\\
you're the firestarter, twisted firestarter.''
-->"Firestarter"
21st Jan '16 1:51:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* CoverVersion: "Fuel My Fire" was originally by {{L7}}.

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* CoverVersion: "Fuel My Fire" was originally by {{L7}}.Music/{{L7}}.
14th Jan '16 11:17:20 AM Morgenthaler
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The band's landmark success finally came with ''Music/TheFatOfTheLand'' (1997). By this point, Howlett had managed to upgrade his equipment, making the beats heavier and giving the album an overall intense, creepy atmosphere. He also took the rock inclinations shown on ''Jilted'' one step further and openly aimed his music at the AlternativeRock audience, bringing Jim Davies (from the industrial rock band Pitchshifter) to add [[EpicRiff awesome guitar riffs]] all over the place, sampling from more rock songs, letting Keith and Maxim add more shouted vocals and including a straight CoverVersion of "Fuel My Fire" by [=L7=]. Howlett also put in more outside contributions, bringing in [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Matt Cameron]], [[RageAgainstTheMachine Tom Morello]] (on the bonus track "No Man Army"), KoolKeith and others. His gambit worked: ''Fat'' became a massive success in the UK and USA (where it went to #1), spawned several hit singles with {{Nightmare Fuel}}lerrific videos ("Smack My Bitch Up", "Breathe" and "Firestarter") and brought them [[GatewaySeries an audience of rock fans that otherwise didn't really pay attention to electronic music]]. There was also controversy involved over the video to "Smack My Bitch Up" (which featured more nudity then any other video up to that point, as well as scenes of violence, drug use, and drunk driving), to the point that MTV refused to air it before midnight. But this turned out to be a case of NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity, as it won a VMA.

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The band's landmark success finally came with ''Music/TheFatOfTheLand'' (1997). By this point, Howlett had managed to upgrade his equipment, making the beats heavier and giving the album an overall intense, creepy atmosphere. He also took the rock inclinations shown on ''Jilted'' one step further and openly aimed his music at the AlternativeRock audience, bringing Jim Davies (from the industrial rock band Pitchshifter) to add [[EpicRiff awesome guitar riffs]] all over the place, sampling from more rock songs, letting Keith and Maxim add more shouted vocals and including a straight CoverVersion of "Fuel My Fire" by [=L7=]. Howlett also put in more outside contributions, bringing in [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Matt Cameron]], [[RageAgainstTheMachine [[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Tom Morello]] (on the bonus track "No Man Army"), KoolKeith Music/KoolKeith and others. His gambit worked: ''Fat'' became a massive success in the UK and USA (where it went to #1), spawned several hit singles with {{Nightmare Fuel}}lerrific videos ("Smack My Bitch Up", "Breathe" and "Firestarter") and brought them [[GatewaySeries an audience of rock fans that otherwise didn't really pay attention to electronic music]]. There was also controversy involved over the video to "Smack My Bitch Up" (which featured more nudity then any other video up to that point, as well as scenes of violence, drug use, and drunk driving), to the point that MTV refused to air it before midnight. But this turned out to be a case of NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity, as it won a VMA.



* PlanetOfSteves: Once Leeroy left, this meant two out of three of the band's members were named Keith. And because two Keiths wasn't enough, Diesel Power and You'll Be Under My Wheels featured vocals from rapper, KoolKeith.[[note]]KoolKeith had been sampled previously on Out of Space and Smack My Bitch Up.[[/note]]

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* PlanetOfSteves: Once Leeroy left, this meant two out of three of the band's members were named Keith. And because two Keiths wasn't enough, Diesel Power and You'll Be Under My Wheels featured vocals from rapper, KoolKeith.[[note]]KoolKeith Music/KoolKeith.[[note]]Kool Keith had been sampled previously on Out of Space and Smack My Bitch Up.[[/note]]
14th Jan '16 11:16:50 AM Morgenthaler
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TheProdigy are an ElectronicMusic band from the UK. Besides being popular in their own right, they were one of the most important bands of the "Big Beat" subgenre of TheNineties (the other were The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method and Music/FatboySlim, for starters).

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TheProdigy The Prodigy are an ElectronicMusic band from the UK. Besides being popular in their own right, they were one of the most important bands of the "Big Beat" subgenre of TheNineties (the other were The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method and Music/FatboySlim, for starters).
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