YMMV / The Prodigy

  • Award Snub: Inverted at the 1998 MTV Europe awards, where they won Best Dance, even though, in Liam's words
    We haven't done fuck all this year! We don't deserve it!
  • Chorus-Only Song: Many of their songs will qualify. Examples: "Voodoo People", "Firestarter", "Smack My Bitch Up", "Omen".
  • Creepy Awesome: You'd think Keith and Maxim were possessed the way they chant their vocals. Especially live, where Maxim wails like a banshee once he gets really pumped up.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics gave a very cold reception to "Baby's Got A Temper" and Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Both works were very popular, both in sales and in the fanbase.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The video for "Smack My Bitch Up", shot from first-person POV. note 
  • Ear Worm: The main riff from "Invaders Must Die" is almost unbelievably catchy. It's no surprise the song was used for 3 trailers in the space of only about a year (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Duke Nukem Forever and the multiplayer trailer for Crysis 2).
    • "Chase the Devil" by Max Romeo from his album War Ina Babylon sampled in "Out Of Space", particularly when you consider how often it's repeated.
    • Also, "Stand Up." Seriously.
    • Pretty much everything in Wind It Up, from the piano riff, to the leads, to the reggae sample (yes, again).
    • "Firestarter" of course belongs here.
    • "Warrior's Dance".
  • Ending Fatigue: While they were always critic's favorites up until the mid-2000s, the one criticism that tends to come up with the Prodigy's early stuff is that it tends to go on a bit. The album version of "Voodoo People" has an extended coda that makes it a good two minutes longer than the single edit.
    • From the next album, the ten-minute "Narayan." Old habits die hard.
  • Epic Riff: "Spitfire" gets by on one monstrous power chord. It kicks ass.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Downplayed. While the Prodigy certainly isn't unpopular in the U.S and their native Britain, the core of their fanbase exists in Russia of all places. Which may explain why they frequently tour there.
  • Growing the Beard: Music For The Jilted Generation is a major 180 from the bright, giddy sounds of Experience. Sometimes it's hard to believe it's the same group.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: How the harsher critics took to 2009's Invaders Must Die and 2015's The Day Is My Enemy.
  • Memetic Mutation: The continuously repeated line off of "Spitfire" has reached memetic status in the fanbase, thanks to numerous interpretations and variations of it. The most known is: "If I ate a box of matches they'd call me SHIT THAT FIRE!!!!".
  • Narm Charm: Keith's lyrics are either Creepy Awesome or they're this. Especially on "Take Me To The Hospital."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The video for "Breathe". And also the video for "Fire", with its extremely primitive and bizarre CGI animation.
    • The protagonist of "Firestarter" is presumably this personified. He describes himself as basically being everything that scares the listener.
  • Sampled Up: "Firestarter" is based on two samples: one from "S.O.S." by The Breeders and the other one from "Close to the Edit" by The Art of Noise.
    • This could be said for most of their songs.
    • Averted by "The Way It Is" being based on Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and "No Man Army"/"Smack My Bitch Up" using a guitar riff from Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade."
  • The Scrappy: Critics hated "Baby's Got a Temper". Fans, however, really disagree.
  • Squick: The band appear to be performing in a sewer in the video for "Poison." So... is that really mud they get covered in?


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