The Prodigy Biography
The Prodigy is an iconic electro and rave band formed in 1990 by Liam Howlett, keyboardist and composer. They are one of the artists which pioneered the big beat subgenre in the early 90s. Additionally, the received the title of “the Godfathers of Rave“. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, they are one of the most successful electronic groups in history.
The Prodigy’s name was chosen by Liam as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy. In 1991 the group released their debut single, Charly, which created hype in the rave community. It peaked at number 3 on the UK singles chart and created exposure. After that, many other artists released various “hardcore” songs, good for clubbers but not so appealing to the rest of the population. Later that year, The Prodigy released a first EP, What Evil Lurks.
Music for the Jilted Generation & The Fat of the Land
Furthermore, in 1992 they released Experience, their first studio album. It reached number 12 in the UK and spawned several high-charted singles. Two years later, the group released their second album, Music for the Jilted Generation. It was a commercial success, earning a platinum certification. Moreover, two of the singles, One Love and No Good (Start the Dance) reached top 10 in the UK. The Prodigy’s following album, The Fat of the Land (1997) was even more successful. It topped charts from numerous countries and received multi-platinum certifications. The first single, Firestarter, ranked as number 1 in the UK. Moreover, the album included the legendary and controversial Smack My Bitch Up.
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned & Invaders Must Die
In the summer of 2004, the artists released Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. It came with a slight change of style, less rave and more electronic rock style. The album peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums chart. It generated 3 singles, most noteworthy the hit song “Girls”. In 2009, The Prodigy released their first album. Invaders Must Die received critical acclaim as well and spawned 4 chart-topping singles. The title track received a remix from Chase & Status. Omen and Warrior’s Dance became very popular and received silver certifications.
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