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YMMV / The Prodigy

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  • 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!
  • Broken Base: "Need Some1" from the No Tourists album. Was it one of the best Prodigy releases as it has the vibe from Music for the Jilted Generation? Or was it one of the worst as it sounds like it was made by fans?
  • Chorus-Only Song: Many of their songs will qualify. Examples: "Voodoo People", "Firestarter", "Smack My Bitch Up", "Omen".
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  • 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 
  • 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.
    • Most of the parts from "Girls".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Downplayed. While the Prodigy certainly isn't unpopular in the United States 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.
  • I Am the Band: Despite first impressions, not Keith, who only actually sings on one of the first 4 albums. Until The Day Is My Enemy every album was produced by Liam alone with barely any input from Keith or Maxim except when they needed to sing.
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  • 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.
  • Song Association: If you were to play "You'll Be Under My Wheels" from Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in a crowd, there's a 33/33/34 chance that anyone that recognizes it will know it from either The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift or Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
  • Squick: The band appear to be performing in a sewer in the video for "Poison." So... is that really mud they get covered in?
  • Tear Jerker: Keith's passing, his cause of death being suicide. What really twisted the knife in the wound was Liam himself confirming it to the fans.
    • Heartwarming Moments: While it obviously doesn't change the fact that Keith Flint's gone, or make it okay, the sheer number of fan tributes for him is staggering, and they're still coming in. Thousands of fans attended his funeral procession, and there have been several really good graffiti tributes to him in his local town.


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