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.
  • 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.
  • 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, so It Sucks: How the harsher critics took to 2009's Invaders Must Die and 2015's The Day Is My Enemy.
  • 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!!!!".
  • 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".
    • The protagonist of "Firestarter" is presumably this personified. He describes himself as basically being everything that scares the listener.
  • Parvum Opus: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, Howlett's attempt at a "back to the core" record, was easily his most poorly received. A decade on, and even the harshest reviews of their new stuff will have the addendum that it's still better than Outgunned.
  • 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?