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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!
  • Awesome Music: Ohh YES!!! The Prodigy is the type of band that constantly churns out legendary tunes, all highly revered and respected by the electronic music fanbase, and even by metalheads.
    • Music For The Jilted Generation was the album that started Big Beat, along with The Chemical Brothers's Exit Planet Dust and Fatboy Slim's Better Living Through Chemistry.
    • MFTJG was already awesome, but The Fat of The Land managed to top that with no sweat. Songs such as "Smack My Bitch Up", "Breathe" and especially the everlasting "Firestarter" can still move people so hard you can't imagine. 1998 surely was the golden year for Big Beat.
    • Hey critics, give some love to "Baby's Got a Temper" and Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
    • The entirety of Invaders Must Die. Definitely. From the bombastic "Omen", to the towering "Piranha", all the way to the mythical title track, most people would say this is the Prodigy's best moment since The Fat of The Land.
  • Chorus-Only Song: Many of their songs will qualify. Examples: "Voodoo People", "Firestarter", "Smack My Bitch Up", "Omen".
  • 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.
  • 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 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".
  • Epic Riff: "Spitfire" gets by on one monstrous power chord. It kicks ass.
  • 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.
  • Magnum Opus: The Fat of The Land
  • 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!!!!".
  • Nightmare Fuel: the video for "Breathe".
    • 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.

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