The Prodigy

Fri Nov 24, 2006
The Fillmore
Concert Hall, Music
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"The Prodigy crossed over to shock the mainstream with an incendiary live experience that approximated the original atmosphere of the British rave scene even while leaning close to arena-rock showmanship and punk theatrics. It was musician / producer Liam Howlett whose studio wizardry launched the Prodigy to the top of the charts, spinning a web of hard-hitting breakbeat techno with king-sized hooks and unmissable samples. Despite electronic music's diversity and quick progression during the 1990s, Liam modified the Prodigy's sound sparingly; swapping the rave-whistle effects and ragga samples for metal chords and chanted vocals, which proved the only major difference in the band's evolution from their debut to their worldwide breakthrough with their third album The Fat of the Land. Even before the band took its place as the premiere dance act for the alternative masses, The Prodigy had proved a consistent entry in the British charts, with over a dozen consecutive singles in the Top 20."

"1997's incredibly successful Fat of the Land was the first major electronic music album to crack the US sales charts. Whereas the much-hyped "electronica" revolution was mostly a dud, the Prodigy were an unqualified hit, and helped pave the way for those few electronic acts who achieved serious success in the states. Although electronic music remains to this day something of a novelty on American radio, what little presence it has owes a great deal to the Prodigy's initial success. The strength of propulsive, rock-infused dance singles such as "Firestarter" and "Breathe" insured the group a presence on domestic rock radio for many years to come."
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