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Keith Flint: Prodigy singer dies aged 49

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  1. cfabbro (edited ) Link
    The Prodigy was a huge part of my life growing up. I still have incredibly vivid and fond memories of blasting their first few albums at max volume while playing Quakeworld Team Fortress and...

    The Prodigy was a huge part of my life growing up. I still have incredibly vivid and fond memories of blasting their first few albums at max volume while playing Quakeworld Team Fortress and various other games at LAN parties with my friends in high school. RIP, you twisted firestarter.

    p.s. If you're interested in how they created some of their music and the samples they used, Jim Pavloff has a couple great reconstructing videos on his channel:
    Making of "The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up" in Ableton
    Making of "The Prodigy - Voodoo People" in Ableton
    The Prodigy "We Eat Rhythm" recreated on Poison-202

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    The year I finished high school is quite blurry in my memory. I was doing a lot of recreational stuff at the time. One of the strongest memories I have of that summer is seeing The Prodigy live in...

    The year I finished high school is quite blurry in my memory. I was doing a lot of recreational stuff at the time. One of the strongest memories I have of that summer is seeing The Prodigy live in the middle of the afternoon on a baking hot airfield at the Phoenix festival. I had never before, nor have I since, been in a mosh pit quite like it. Even now, 20+ years later, thinking about that gig still gives me chills.

    I've never understood how the Prodigy were so popular. They were hard dance music. Experience did fairly well among the electronic music fans but when Firestarter came out it was huge. People who usually listened to Take That loved it. People who listened to Nirvana loved it. People who listened to The Levellers loved it. Every little musical tribe loved the Prodigy. It makes no sense to me. But I'm so glad they touched so many people.

    I can't imagine they'll go on without Keith. Liam and Maxim might make more music together but I'm not sure they will do it under the Prodigy name.

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      They were popular because they managed to hit that spot that appealed to clubbers and to "normal music" types. When The Prodigy started getting successful there was still a fairly big free party...

      They were popular because they managed to hit that spot that appealed to clubbers and to "normal music" types.

      When The Prodigy started getting successful there was still a fairly big free party scene, and they never got any traction on soundsystems or anything, but in the clubs their sound could fit a "techno" night or a rock/indy night, and they were radio friendly which helped enormously.

      I saw them live in '93 or '94, and while I've never been a huge fan, that gig was spectacular. A very good performance, an excellent soundsystem and a great atmosphere. I still remember it quite fondly.

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