1996, the year when the last Prodigy record was released, is a long time ago, is what The Duke has worked out. I mean, I don't have a calculator or a flo-chart on me, so I'm gonna have to make a rough guess, but I'd imagine its about three or four decades ago.
It's a hell of a long time. Folks have moved on, is what.
In 1996, for example, all those aeons ago, The Prodigy were among the biggest bands in the world. Word-of-mouth concerning their live performances had seen a whole new audience latch on to their songs about Voodoo People and Fuck Em, And Their Law. An army of folks what listened to Machine Head and Sepultura, folks who would normally puke a lung up at the sight of a remix, these folks were lining up to see this band what utilised the keyboards, synthesizers, scratching etc.
As far as establishing a connection between rock fans and dance fans, The Prodigy are among the most influential sons a bitches you ever did see. It was ok to have Metallica and The Chemical Brothers in the same CD collection, all of a damn sudden. Folks were looking beyond the general representation of the DJ as a faceless programmer sitting behind a mile-high stack of computer equipment, flinging bleeps and blips and all manner of screeching annoyances into the air above a bunch of E-riddled adolescents.
Firestarter was a dance record, and yet it was as exhilarating and venomous as anything the long-hairs released in the same year. Shit, man, it rocked so hard even Gene Simmons saw fit to do a cover version.
I ain't heard Gene Simmons do a cover of Ebenezer Goode yet, although, to be honest, I think I'd pay in essential organs for to hear such a recording.
After they released The Fat Of The Land, the record what had a crab on the cover and held two of the best singles of the nineties, the aforementioned Firestarter and the snarling Breathe, as well as the ever-controversial I Want To Smack You, You Bitch or whatever it was called, The Prodigy decided to put their feet up and do other stuff, like smoke a cigarette, have some sherry, see a film, form a Godawful nu-metal band.