Keith Flint (The Prodigy)

Famous for being a member of Essex Electronic dance group The Prodigy , the musician, dancer, singer, pioneer, and innovator Keith Flint tragically took his own life” recently.  He was born september 17th 1969. The Prodigy were Formed by Liam Howlett in 1990 in Braintree, Essex and the first emerged on the underground rave scene in the early 1990s after Liam Howlett created an initial 10-track demo, put together on a Roland W-30 music workstation in Essex, England. XL Recordings picked up the demo after Howlett played several tracks to XL boss Nick Halkes in a meeting, and an initial 12″ pressing of “What Evil Lurks” was released in February 1991. The Prodigy’s name was chosen by Liam as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy. The first single”Charly”, became a huge hit in the rave scene at the time.The release reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, catapulting the band into the wider public attention. The Kaos Theory compilation series featured “G Force (Energy Flow)”, from their third single, “Everybody in the Place”. The band also released the album, Experience, featuring the songs: “Charlie”, “Everybody in the Place”, “Fire/Jericho”, “Out of Space”, and “Wind It Up (Rewound)”. Following this The rave scene was beginning to move on from its hardcore phase, with the Criminal Justice Act’s “anti-rave” legislation on the horizon, calling rave music “repetitive beats”. So The Prodigy responded to the bill by writing “Their Law”. In 1993, Howlett released “Earthbound I” featuring a hypnotic, hard-edged sound, which which was later officially released as “One Love”.

The Prodigy’s second album, Music for the Jilted Generation, Was released In 1984, this contained heavy breakbeat and electro-industrial tracks like The Narcotic Suite and a rock-oriented inclination, “Their Law”, featuring Pop Will Eat Itself and was described as a “complex, powerful record that propelled dance music into stadiums with rock’n’roll swagger”. The album was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. Howlett Intended the Prodigy to be a ‘hard dance band’, commercially successful but without compromise and To date, their only studio appearance on British television came when they appeared on the BBC2 series Dance Energy in 1991, performing “Everybody in the Place”. In the ensuing years, their videos received a strong level of support by MTV Europe, which boosted their popularity across the continent. Keith Flint himself hosted an episode of the MTV show 120 Minutes in 1995. The guitarist Jim Davies joined The Prodigy in 1995 for tracks such as “Their Law”, “Break and Enter 95”, but he was replaced by Gizz Butt of the band Janus Stark, who remained with the band for the next three years.

in 1996, The Prodigy released the single Firestarter featuring vocals courtesy of a new-look Keith Flint, and also headlined the prestigious Lollapalooza festival. The long-awaited third Prodigy album, The Fat of the Land, was released in 1997 Featuring simplified melodies, bone-jarring breaks and buzzsaw synths, sparser sampling, less rave music influences, and punk-like vocals supplied by a shockingly madeover Flint. It featured the songs “Firestarter”and Smack My Bitch Up”. Smack my bitch up caused controversy among the The National Organization for Women (NOW) who criticized the song and the music video, which featured a first-person point of view of someone going clubbing and indulging in large amounts of drugs and alcohol, fighting, abusing women and picking up a lap dancer (played by British glamour model Teresa May) and having sex with her. The band did not actually write the lyric, but rather, sampled it from the hip hop Ultramagnetic MCs’ track “Give the Drummer Some”. the Prodigy also headlined the Glastonbury Festival. The Prodigy also sampled another Ultramagnetic MCs song “Critical Beatdown” on the song “Out of Space” this also caused controversy

In 1997, the Prodigy performed “Breathe” at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and won the Viewer’s Choice Award. During a performance at the Reading Festival In 1998, the Prodigy and the Beastie Boys had an onstage disagreement over the track, with the Beastie Boys requesting the song should be pulled from their set as it could be considered offensive to those who had suffered domestic abuse. Choosing to ignore the Beastie Boys plea, Maxim introduced “Smack My Bitch Up” Which later won two awards; Best Dance Video and Breakthrough Video At the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. “Smack My Bitch Up” saw the release of the Prodigy’s The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One, a DJ mix album by Howlett, produced as an official record of a successful guest appearance on the British Radio 1. guitarist Gizz Butt left The Prodigy,and In 1999, Thornhill also departed from the group after splitting up with Sara Cox due to the risk of nervous breakdown.

In 2002, after a break from touring The Prodigy released the single “Baby’s Got a Temper” which courted controversy by including references to the so-called “date rape” drug Rohypnol in the song’s lyrics. The song’s music video was also controversial, which featured barely covered women milking cows in a suggestive fashion. in 2002 Q magazine also named the Prodigy one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die”. Liam Howlett also married All Saints’ Natalie Appleton Their son, Ace Billy, was born on 2 March 2004.

The Prodigy’s fourth studio album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, was released in 2004, Featuring A precursory and experimental single, “Memphis Bells”, and a remix of “Girls”, entitled “More Girls”. 5,000 digital copies of “Memphis Bells” were sold over the Internet. Each copy was a combination of customer-chosen instrumental, rhythmic, and melodic options, of which 39,600 choices were available. Five mixes were sold in three file formats, WAV, two audio mixes in MP3, and a 5.1 DTS surround sound mix, and all were free of digital rights management. In 2005, they released a compilation, Their Law: The Singles 1990–2005, which spawned a single containing new remixes of the songs “Out of Space” (the “Audio Bullys Remix”) and “Voodoo People” (the “Pendulum Remix”) and featuring guitar by Tom Morello. The song “You’ll be under my wheels” from the “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned” album was added to the soundtrack of “Need for Speed: Most Wanted and the soundtrack of “The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift”.

In 2008 The Prodigy’s first two albums, 1992’s Experience and 1994’s Music for the Jilted Generation, were re-released in expanded, remastered deluxe editions featuring a bonus disc including mixes, rarities, live tracks and expanded artwork. In 2008 The Prodigy played the new tracks “Worlds on Fire”, “Warriors Dance”, “Mescaline”, and “First Warning”, at the Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham, the Oxegen Festival and Plug in Sheffield. They were also featured in the gangster movie Smokin’ Aces and The Electronic Arts video game Need for Speed: Undercover. The Prodigy’s fifth studio album Invaders Must Die was a return to the Prodigy’s old-school but cutting edge” roots and was released in 2009 as a CD, CD-DVD set, double vinyl, digital download, and a luxury 7-inch vinyl box set including five 7-inches, CD-DVD, bonus CD, poster, stickers, and stencils. The album featured drummer Dave Grohl on drums for “Run with the Wolves”. The songs “Omen” and “Invaders Must Die” were co-produced with Does It Offend You, Yeah? frontman James Rushent.. The single “Omen” also won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single followed by the singles, “Warrior’s Dance”, “Take Me to the Hospital” and, “Invaders Must Die (Liam H Reamped Version)”. Howlett also co-produced the song “Immunize” on Pendulum’s third album, Immersion. The Prodigy also embarked on a nine-date UK arena tour, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Noisia, Herve, and DJ Kissy Sell Out. They also played Glastonbury in 2009.

in 2011 the Prodigy released World’s on Fire, a film consisting mostly of footage of the Warrior’s Dance festival from July 2010, for one night only in selected cinemas across Europe. Recorded before 65,000 fans, World’s on Fire is the debut live film of the Prodigy, documenting their biggest concert to date. 2011, the Prodigy headlined the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland, and premiered two new tracks: “A.W.O.L” and “Dogbite” in Brazil. They headlined the 2012 Download Festival Performing three new songs, “Jetfighter”, “Dogbite” and “A.W.O.L”. to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of their third studio album The Fat of the Land, the album was re-released in 2012 alongside a remix EP, The Added Fat EP, featuring remixes By Major Lazer, Noisia, and Zeds Dead. New track “The Day” was debuted at Warrior’s Brixton while “Rockweiler” was debuted at Rock am Ring in 2013. In 2014 The band headlined the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. in 2015 the Prodigy released “Nasty” from their next album The Day Is My Enemy Which featured an “angry, energetic sound” band-album where Flint and Maxim worked in tandem with Howlett. In 2015 The band played at Future Music Festival Australia, toured Germany, France and the UK and also performed at the Rock Werchter, Rock am Ring/Rock im Park, Benicàssim and Isle of Wight festivals. The Prodigy then released “Wild Frontier” featuring a Stop-motion animation video which was directed by the Dutch filmmaker Mascha Halberstad and animator Elmer Kaan. The Cover Art was designed by Austrian artist and designer Moritz Resl.The Prodigy announced a winter 2015 UK and mainland Europe tour on 26 May, with Public Enemy as support. The song The Day Is My Enemy was featured in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer reveal trailer, and the mission in the Watch Dogs 2 video game.

Along with The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and others, The Prodigy are credited as pioneers of the big beat genre, of the 1990s. They have sold over 30 million records worldwide, and won numerous music awards during their career, including two Brit Awards for Best British Dance Act, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Kerrang! Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards nominations.They earned titles like “the premiere dance act for the alternative masses” and “the Godfathers of Rave”, and remain one of the most successful electronic acts of all time.

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