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Infobox musical artist | name = The Prodigy
| image = Prodigy-rock-am-ring-2009.jpg
| caption = The Prodigy performing at the Rock Am Ring festival
| image_size = 260
| landscape = yes
| background = group_or_band
| origin = Braintree, Essex|Braintree , Essex , England
| genre = Big beat , dance-punk , electropunk , electronica , breakbeat hardcore , oldschool jungle , alternative dance , drum and bass , synthrock
| years_active = 1990�present
| label = Take Me to the Hospital (record label)|Take Me to the Hospital , Ragged Flag , Cooking Vinyl , XL Recordings|XL , Beggars Banquet Records|Beggars Banquet , Mute Records|Mute , Maverick Records|Maverick , Warner Bros. Records|Warner Bros. , Elektra Records|Elektra , Shock Records|Shock
| website = http://www.theprodigy.com www.theprodigy.com| current_members = Liam Howlett
Keith Flint
Maxim Reality
| past_members = Leeroy Thornhill
Sharky

The Prodigy are an English electronic dance music group formed by Liam Howlett in 1990 in Braintree, Essex|Braintree , Essex . Along with Fatboy Slim , The Chemical Brothers , and other acts, The Prodigy have been credited as pioneers of the big beat genre, which achieved mainstream popularity in the 1990s and 2000s.cite web |url= http://www.allmusic.com/explore/style/big-beat-d4546 |title=Big Beat |work=Allmusic |accessdate=30 September 2011 They have sold over 25 million records worldwide.cite web |url= http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1906191174/ |title=The Prodigy: Electronic Punks 1988�1994 Paperback |work= Amazon.com |accessdate=30 September 2011 The group has won numerous music awards throughout their career, including two Brit Awards �winning Best British Dance Act twice, three MTV Video Music Awards , two Kerrang& #33; Awards , five MTV Europe Music Awards , and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards . http://www.brits.co.uk/artist/prodigy The Brit Awards: Prodigy Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2012 http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-p/prodigy_main.htm The Prodigy Rock on The Net. Retrieved 12 February 2012

The group's brand of music makes use of various styles ranging from rave music|rave , hardcore techno , Electro-industrial|industrial , and breakbeat in the early 1990s to big beat and electronic rock with punk rock|punk vocal elements in later times. The current members include Liam Howlett (keyboardist and composer), Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist), and Maxim Reality|Maxim ( Master of Ceremonies|MC and vocalist). Leeroy Thornhill (dancer and very rarely a live keyboardist) was a member of the band from 1990 to 2000, as was a female dancer and vocalist called Sharky who left the group during their early period. The Prodigy first emerged on the underground rave scene in the early 1990s, and have since then achieved immense popularity and worldwide renown.

History


Beginnings and first appearances (1990�1991)




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 Analog synthesizer|analogue synthesiser , the Moog Prodigy .cite book |author=James M |title=Prodigy |year=2002 |publisher=Sanctuary Publishing |page=44 |accessdate=30 September 2011

Listen|filename=Prodigy G Force (Energy Flow) from Kaos Theory Volume 1.ogg|title=G Force (Energy Flow)|description=An excerpt of the song "G Force (Energy Flow)" from Kaos Theory Volume 1 compilation.
The Prodigy's first public performance, with Howlett augmented by dancers Keith Flint and Leeroy Thornhill , was at the Four Aces in Dalston , London, then home to "Club Labyrinth". http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/dec/09/10-classic-club-nights From the Dug Out and dreads to DMZ and dubstep: 10 classic club nights The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2012

" Charly (song)|Charly ", released six months later, became a huge hit in the rave scene at the time.cite web |url= http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/prodigy-theirlaw |title=The Prodigy: Their Law: The Singles 1990�2005 |author=Mike Schiller |date=23 December 2005 |work=PopMatters |accessdate=30 September 2011 |quote=Songs like �Out of Space� and �Charly� turned into massive club hits 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 ".cite web |url= http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/prodigy/ |title=PRODIGY |work= The Official Charts Company |accessdate=30 September 2011

After the release of the successful Single (music)|single "Charly", the charts included various " Hardcore techno|hardcore " rave tracks, to which Amphetamine|speed and MDMA|ecstasy -fuelled clubbers would dance to, but which did not appeal to reviewers from publications at the time.cite web |url= http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history%20of%20drum%20and%20bass%202.htm |title=A short history of Drum and Bass |author=Ben Gilman |work=globaldarkness.com |accessdate=13 October 2011 Examples were tracks such as Urban Hype 's " A Trip to Trumpton " and Smart E's (as in Methylenedioxymethamphetamine|Ecstasy ) " Sesame's Treet ", instigating death-by-publicity to the underground "hardcore rave" scene, according to a number of critics associated with the scene. As a result, "Charly", amid being titled after a contemporary reference to cocaine , with its memorable sampling (music)|sample of the " Charley Says " children's Public information film s, saw The Prodigy briefly identified by critics as "kiddie rave" or "Toytown Techno". Critical reception to the single was generally mixed.cite web |url= http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/the-prodigy/their-law-the-singles-1990-2005.htm |title=The Prodigy � Their Law: The Singles 1990�2005 |author=Thomas Inskeep |date=8 May 2006 |work=Stylus Magazine |accessdate=30 September 2011

Experience (1992�1993)



The band's first full length album, the critically acclaimed Experience (The Prodigy album)|Experience , followed "Charly" as a landmark release in the history of British rave music. The album closes with a live version of "Death of the Prodigy Dancers", featuring Maxim on vocals. There were five singles spawned from the album: "Charly", "Everybody in the Place", " Fire/Jericho ", " Out of Space (song)|Out of Space ", and " Wind It Up (Rewound) "; the latter is a remix of "Wind It Up". The album was a commercial success in the UK, but failed to chart in other countries. Peaking at number 12, it was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry .cite web | title = UK Top 40 Hit Database | work = everyHit.com | url = http://www.everyhit.com/ | accessdate = 2 October 2011 Note: User must define search parameters as "Prodigy".cite web | url = http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx | title = Certified Awards Search | work = British Phonographic Industry | accessdate = 2 October 2011 Note: Reader must type "Prodigy" into the Search box and hit Go.

After Experience and the run of singles that accompanied it, The Prodigy moved to distance themselves from the "kiddie rave" reputation that now dogged them. The rave scene was beginning to move on from its hardcore phase, with the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994|Criminal Justice Act 's "anti-rave" legislation on the horizon, calling rave music "repetitive beats".cite web |url= http://www.theprodigy.info/reviews/jilted.shtml |title=Review: |author=Martin Bate |work=theprodigy.info |accessdate=13 October 2011 The Prodigy responded to the bill by writing "Their Law".

Music for the Jilted Generation (1993�1995)



In 1993, Howlett released an anonymous white label , bearing only the title "Earthbound I". Its hypnotic, hard-edged sound won wide underground approval. It was officially released as "One Love" later that year, and went on to chart at number 8 in the UK.cite web |url= http://www.theprodigy.info/discography/promos/onelove/index.shtml |title=Promo |work=theprodigy.info |accessdate=2 October 2011 The following year, The Prodigy's second album, Music for the Jilted Generation , debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number one, and jettisoned into positive reactions from album critics.cite web |url= http://www.allmusic.com/album/music-for-the-jilted-generation-r203543 |title=Music for the Jilted Generation - The Prodigy |author=John Bush |work=Allmusic |accessdate=8 October 2011 Adding elements of big beat and electro-industrial to the mix, the album expressed a wider spectrum of musical styles, with heavy breakbeat-based tracks complemented by the concept sequence The Narcotic Suite and a rock-oriented inclination, "Their Law", featuring Pop Will Eat Itself .

The album was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize , although Howlett had reaffirmed his dedication to making The Prodigy a 'hard dance band', commercially successful but without compromise.cite web |url= http://theprodigyfanboy.com/even-more/books/ |title=Books |date=31 August 2011 |work=theprodigyfanboy.com |accessdate=13 October 2011 The band managed to continue to prevent over-exposure in the media by refusing to appear on Top of the Pops or other television shows in the UK.cite news |url= http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2004/aug/20/popandrock.prodigy |title=Prodigal son |date=20 August 2004 |newspaper= The Guardian |accessdate=13 October 2011 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.

Following the international success of Music for the Jilted Generation , the band augmented their line-up with guitarist Jim Davies (musician)|Jim Davies (a live band member who later joined the group Pitchshifter (band)|Pitchshifter ) in 1995 for tracks such as "Their Law", "Break and Enter 95", and various live-only interludes and versions. He was soon to be replaced by Gizz Butt of the band Janus Stark, who remained with the band for the next three years.cite web |url= http://www.gizzbutt.com/gb/site-bands.asp |title=Bands |work=gizzbutt.com |accessdate=2 October 2011

The Fat of the Land and controversies (1996�2002)



The release of " Firestarter (song)|Firestarter " in 1996, featuring vocals for the first time courtesy of a new-look Keith Flint, helped the band break into the U.S. and other overseas markets, and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart .Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums . London: Guinness World Records Limited In this year The Prodigy also headlined the prestigious Lollapalooza festival.cite journal |title=Essex Boys Come First |journal= Q (magazine)|Q |issue=December 1997 |accessdate=13 October 2011

The long-awaited third Prodigy album, The Fat of the Land , was released in 1997, just as the band headlined the Glastonbury Festival on its opening night. Featuring simplified melodies, sparser sampling, less rave music influences, and Punk rock|punk -like vocals supplied by a shockingly madeover Flint, the album nevertheless retained the bone-jarring breaks and buzzsaw synths so idiomatic of the band. The album cemented the band's position as one of the most internationally successful acts in the dance genre, entering the UK and US charts at number one.cite journal |journal= Billboard (magazine)|Billboard |year=1997 |accessdate=2 October 2011

The Prodigy were getting considerable airplay on rock music|rock stations with their controversial track " Smack My Bitch Up "�and also a negative backlash for the song. The National Organization for Women (NOW) criticized the song and its music video. The song's lyrics consist entirely of the repeated phrase "Change my pitch up, smack my bitch up", which NOW stated are a "dangerous and offensive message advocating violence against women".cite journal |author=Chuck Philips |date=4 December 1997 |title=Time Warner Again Faces the Music Over Song Lyrics |journal= LA Times |accessdate=2 October 2011 Howlett responded to the criticism by stating that the meaning of the song and its lyrics were being misinterpreted, and the phrase meant "doing anything intensely, like being on stage � going for extreme manic energy". The band did not actually write the lyric, but rather, sampled it from the hip hop Ultramagnetic MCs ' track "Give the Drummer Some" The Fat of the Land liner notes. which also appears on the The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One|Dirtchamber Sessions ; they had also sampled another Ultramagnetic MCs song "Critical Beatdown" on their earlier " Out of Space " single.Liner notes from "Out of Space" single and Experience album. The National Organization for Women also believed that the lyrics are in reference to administering heroin (smack) to another person.cite news |title=Music group, Prodigy, causing controversy with its new song and video |newspaper= The Ottawa Citizen |date=12 September 1997 |accessdate=13 October 2011 Several radio stations limited the song's airplay to nighttime hours.cite journal |title=Music: The Prodigy |journal= Metropolis (free magazine)|Metropolis |issue=409 |accessdate=2 October 2011 In September 1997, The Prodigy performed " Breathe (The Prodigy song)|Breathe " at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards , and won the MTV Video Music Award � Viewer's Choice|Viewer's Choice Award . http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/1997/ 1997 MTV Video Music Awards MTV.com. Retrieved 5 December 2011 http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1997/mtvvmas.htm 1997 MTV VMAs Rock On The Net. Retrieved 5 December 2011

listen | filename = Theprodigy-smackmybitchup29s.ogg | title = "Smack My Bitch Up" | description = The song generated an amount of controversy, and received backlash for the repeating sample. | format = Ogg
The music video for "Smack My Bitch Up", directed by Jonas �kerlund , featured a first-person point of view of someone going clubbing and indulging in large amounts of drugs and alcohol. Other content shown includes the protagonist getting into fist fights with men, abusing women, vomiting repeatedly, and picking up a lap dancer (played by British glamour model Teresa May ) and having sex with her. Much of the aforementioned is depicted fairly explicitly. At the end of the video, the camera pans over to a mirror, revealing the subject to be a woman. MTV only aired the video between 1 and 5 a.m due to the offensive material.cite news|title=Prodigy Video To Air On MTV As Controversy Continues|url= http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1433371/19971204/prodigy.jhtml|work=MTV News|date=4 December 1997|accessdate=2 October 2011 After one week, the very same television network banned the music video at NOW's request.cite web |url= http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1433366/mtv-explains-decision-pull-prodigy.jhtml |title=MTV Explains Decision To Pull Prodigy |date=22 December 1997 |work=MTV News |accessdate=2 October 2011 The director got the inspiration for the contents of the video after a night of drinking and partying in Copenhagen .

During a performance at the Reading Festival on 29 August 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.cite web |url= http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-b/beastieboys_main.htm |title=Beastie Boys |work=rockonthenet.com |accessdate=2 October 2011 Choosing to ignore the Beastie Boys plea, Maxim introduced "Smack My Bitch Up" with the declaration "They didn't want us to play this fucking tune. But the way things go, I do what the fuck I want".cite web |url= http://www.brainkiller.it/prodigy/readingincident.html |title=The Reading Incident |work=brainkiller.it |accessdate=2 October 2011cite web |url= http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-p/prodigy_main.htm |title=Prodigy |work=rockonthenet.com |accessdate=2 October 2011

Wal-Mart and Kmart later announced they would pull The Fat of the Land off their shelves. Despite the fact that the Gramophone record|LP had resided on their store shelves for over 20 weeks, and the fact that they had sold 150,000 copies of the album in total, the two stores found the marketing campaign for the new single release "offensive".cite news |title=The Prodigy and their prodigious talent |url= http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-prodigy-and-their-prodigious-talent-510801.html |newspaper= The Independent |date=14 October 2005 |accessdate=2 October 2011 At the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, "Smack My Bitch Up" won two awards; MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video|Best Dance Video and MTV Video Music Award - Breakthrough Video|Breakthrough Video . http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1998/mtvvmas.htm 1998 MTV Video Music Awards Rock On The Net. Retrieved 5 December 2011

1999 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 BBC Radio 1|Radio 1 .cite interview |subject= Liam Howlett |title=BBC Radio 1 Breezeblock |program=The Breezeblock |url= http://www.brainkiller.it/prodigy/news/breezeblock2aug.php |accessdate=13 October 2011 In June of the same year, when the band had arguably reached their commercial peak, they parted company with guitarist Gizz Butt.

Following 1999, Thornhill departed from the group while he divorced Sara Cox due to the risk of nervous breakdown, resulting in the band's website being replaced with their logo and the words "We will be back" set against a black background, a stint that it'd remain until 2002.cite news |title=I quit the Prodigy and life fell apart; Leeroy Thornhill tells how his split with DJ Sara Cox edged him close to a nervous breakdown... |author=John Dingwall |url= http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-70996289.html |newspaper=Daily Record (Scotland) |date=2 March 2001 |accessdate=2 October 2011

Reunion (2002�2004)



In 2002, after a break from touring and recording, the single " Baby's Got a Temper " was released to critical disappointment. The song was written by Keith Flint's sideband, Flint (band)|Flint , produced by Howlett, and also featured Jim Davies. Once again, the band courted controversy by including references to the so-called " date rape " drug Rohypnol in the song's lyrics, although it is unclear whether or not the band "glorifies" or presents the drug in a negative light.cite news | last = James | first = Martin | url = http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/liam-howlett-punk-and-disorderly-646664.html | title = Liam Howlett: Punk and disorderly | newspaper = The Independent |date=28 June 2002 | accessdate = 2 October 2011 The song's music video was also controversial, which featured topless women milking cows in a suggestive fashion. The complete, unedited video was aired on MTV2 in 2002 as part of a special countdown showing the most controversial videos ever to air on MTV. This countdown was only shown late at night because of the graphic imagery of "Smack My Bitch Up" and several other videos on the countdown, including Nine Inch Nails ' 1994 hit " Closer (Nine Inch Nails song)|Closer ". The "Smack My Bitch Up" video in particular was deemed the "Most Controversial Video" by MTV and showed at the number 1 spot on the countdown. In the same year, however, Q (magazine)| Q magazine named The Prodigy one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".cite web |url= http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage2.html#Die%E2%80%A6 |title=Q Magazine Lists |work=Rocklist.net |accessdate=2 October 2011

This year also saw the marriage of Howlett and All Saints (band)|All Saints ' Natalie Appleton on 6 June.cite web |url= http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1126193/bio |title=Liam Howlett biography|accessdate=2 October 2011 |work=The Internet Movie Database Their son, Ace Billy, was born on 2 March 2004.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004�2008)




The Prodigy's fourth studio album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned , was released on 23 August 2004, and 14 September 2004 in the USA. A precursory and experimental single, " Girls/Memphis Bells|Memphis Bells ", was released in very limited numbers, followed by the traditional release of the single " Girls (The Prodigy song)|Girls ". The U.S. version of the studio album contained a bonus track; a remix of "Girls", entitled "More Girls". The album, which topped the UK Album Charts on its debut week, was promoted by a 2-year-long tour.

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 Coherent Acoustics|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 Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)/Out of Space (Audio Bullys Remix)|single containing new remixes of the songs "Out of Space" (the "Audio Bullys Remix") and "Voodoo People" (the " Pendulum (drum and bass group)|Pendulum Remix"). The artwork represented drawn versions of the front covers of the "Out of Space" and "Voodoo People" single releases. The latter was also followed by a music video filmed in Romford Market , Essex , which featured on the DVD release of the compilation. Sharky, the group's only female member, is shown running and winning the race depicted in the video.

The Prodigy's first two albums, 1992's Experience and 1994's Music for the Jilted Generation , were re-released in expanded, deluxe editions on 4 August 2008.cite web |url= http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php? id=33607_0_2_0_C |title=The Prodigy reissue first 2 albums and play new songs live |author=B. Van Isacker |work=side-line.com |date=14 July 2008 |accessdate=2 October 2011 As well as being remastered, the new packages featured a bonus disc including mixes, rarities, and live tracks. The two albums also featured expanded artwork in addition to the new musical content.

When asked about the idea, Howlett responded that they were getting ready to make a new album:

No, we're all done with that those albums now, all the old material. We didn't actually want to do the Greatest Hits , we were ready to start our new record�until the record company pointed out that it was in the contract. But then we got into it, and tried to be creative with it as much as we could. And, you know, we ended up being really proud of it. You have to have a different brain when you're doing a record like that. It's more about saying "this is your achievement"; I could hold in one hand all the records we've released, so that was cool. We're moving on now, and getting on with the new record.cite web | last = O'Neal
| first = Tim | title = So I Decided to Take My Work Underground: A Conversation with the Prodigy's Liam Howlett | work = PopMatters | url = http://www.popmatters.com/music/interviews/prodigy-060421.shtml | accessdate = 2 October 2011


Invaders Must Die (2008�2010)



The Prodigy showcased four new songs at the Oxegen Festival in the early hours of 13 July 2008. Among the tracks previewed were "Worlds on Fire", "Warriors Dance", "Mescaline", and "First Warning", which was featured in the gangster movie '' Smokin' Aces and as among the songs featured in the soundtrack for Electronic Arts video game Need for Speed: Undercover .


On 5 November 2008, it was announced that the band's fifth studio album would be called Invaders Must Die and would be released on the band's new label, Take Me to the Hospital. It was released in the US on 3 March 2009, and was the first Prodigy album since 1997's The Fat of the Land to feature all three members of the band.cite web |author=Liam Howlett | title = Take Me to the Hospital | date = 11 March 2008 | url = http://theprodigy.com/index.php/component/option,com_mojo/Itemid,204/p,3/ | accessdate = 2 October 2011 |archiveurl = http://theprodigy.com/index.php/component/option,com_mojo/Itemid,204/p,3/ |archivedate = 14 March 2008cite web|url= http://www.idiomag.com/peek/61969/the_prodigy|title=The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die New release date: March 3, 2009|date=30 January 2009|accessdate=2 October 2011|work=idiomag.com

The album featured drummer Dave Grohl on drums for "Run with the Wolves". The top five hit "Omen" and "Invaders Must Die" were co-produced with Does It Offend You, Yeah? frontman James Rushent. Invaders Must Die liner notes. The band said that the album would go back to their "old-school but cutting edge" roots.cite web| title = collaborators on new album| publisher = The Prodigy| date = 2 November 2008| url = http://theprodigy.com/index.php/component/option,com_joomphpbb/Itemid,213/| accessdate = 5 November 2008 Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot The album was released 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.H blog">cite web| title = Liam H blog| publisher = The Prodigy| date = 6 November 2008| url = http://theprodigy.com/index.php/liam-h-blog| accessdate = 6 November 2008 Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot

Invaders Must Die was released on 21 February 2009 in Australia and in Europe on 23 February 2009, charting at number one in the UK with week one sales of over 97,000 � a higher figure than for either Always Outnumbered or their singles collection. The album also reached the top five in Germany and Australia and top 10 in Norway and several other European countries.

To coincide with the release of the album, the band embarked on a nine-date UK arena tour, with support from Dizzee Rascal , Noisia , Herve , and DJ Kissy Sell Out. The single " Omen (song)|Omen " debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart the week of 25 February 2009 and won the Kerrang& #33; Award for Best Single. Initial critical response to Invaders Must Die was somewhat mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 20 reviews.cite web |url= http://www.metacritic.com/music/invaders-must-die |title=Invaders Must Die Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic |work=Metacritic |accessdate=2 October 2011 However, the album was well received by the fans, who welcomed it in a positive light compared to Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned .cite web |url= http://www.metacritic.com/music/invaders-must-die/user-reviews |title=Invaders Must Die User Reviews at Metacritic |work=Metacritic |accessdate=12 October 2011 Two singles followed, " Warrior's Dance " and " Take Me to the Hospital ", which were released on 11 May and 31 August 2009 respectively. The former song peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart, while the latter included a VHS-filmed music video that premiered on VidZone .cite web |url= http://www.theprodigy.com/latest-news/37-homepage-section/183-tmtth-video |title=Take Me To The Hospital video exclusive |work=theprodigy.com |accessdate=2 October 2011

A fourth single, " Invaders Must Die (song)|Invaders Must Die (Liam H Reamped Version) ", from the Special Edition of the album, was released.

In an interview with Rob Swire of Pendulum (band)|Pendulum , he revealed that The Prodigy were collaborating on Pendulum's third album, Immersion (album)|Immersion . Howlett was a co-producer of the song Immunize . Immersion liner notes.
They also played at Glastonbury Music Festival in 2008.

New album (2010�present)



On November 16, 2010, Liam Howlett announced that after their American tour with Linkin Park , The Prodigy are going back to the studio to record their next album. In a recent interview, Liam Howlett said that The Prodigy are currently back in the studio and working around new ideas for their new album.cite web |url= http://theprodigy.com/latest-news/37-homepage-section/423-the-prodigy-announce-us-tour-with-linkin-park |title=The Prodigy Announce US Tour with Linkin Park |work=theprodigy.com |accessdate=2 October 2011

On March 18, 2010, The Prodigy announced through their website and mailing list a showing of ''World's on Fire'', a film made mostly from 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.cite web |url= http://theprodigy.com/latest-news/37-homepage-section/467-filmed-in-concert |title=World's on Fire |work=theprodigy.com |accessdate=2 October 2011 The CD, DVD, and Blu-ray of ''World's on Fire'' was released on 23 May 2011.cite web |url= http://theprodigy.com/latest-news/37-homepage-section/472-out-23rd-may |title=Pre-order World's on Fire CD/DVD/BLU-RAY |work=theprodigy.com |accessdate=2 October 2011

On 6 August 2011, The Prodigy headlined Przystanek Woodstock (Poland) playing to a crowd of over 700,000 fans, though the police declared the band's role at the festival unsafe.cite web |url= http://www.en.wosp.org.pl/woodstock_festival/news/8036_woodstock_festival_poland_safety_level_discussion.html |title=News - Woodstock Festival Poland Safety Level Discussion |date=11 August 2011 |work=en.wosp.org.pl |accessdate=13 October 2011 At their two final shows of 2011 (in Brazil), The Prodigy played two new tracks: "A.W.O.L" and "Dogbite". http://theprodigy.com/latest-news/562-dope-factor The Prodigy official site. Retrieved 14 December 2011 On 18 November, The Prodigy were announced as a headliner for Download Festival 2012, and will be closing the main stage on Friday 8 June with songs from their new album, to be released later in 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15787341 Prodigy announced as final Download Festival headliners BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2011 Liam Howlett has confirmed this album will not be Dubstep, they have no plans to alter their sound but also mentioned the new album will still feel "Fresh".

Members


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; Current members
  • Keith Flint � vocals (1990�present)

  • Liam Howlett � synthesizer, keyboards, drums (1990�present)

  • Maxim Reality|Maxim � vocals (1990�present)


  • ; Live members
  • Leo Crabtree � drums, percussion (2008�present)

  • Rob Holliday � guitar, bass (2005�2006, 2008�present)


  • ; Former members
  • Leeroy Thornhill � dancing, occasional live keyboards (1990�2000)

  • Sharky (dancer)|Sharky � dancing (1990�1991)


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    ; Former live members
  • Kieron Pepper � drums, percussion, occasional guitar (1997�2007)

  • " Towers of London|The Rev " � guitar (2007)

  • "Snell" � drums (July 2007)

  • Brian Fairbairn � drums (2007)

  • Jim Davies (musician)|Jim Davies � guitar (1995�1996, 2002�2004)

  • Alli MacInnes � guitar (2001, 2002)

  • Gizz Butt � guitar (1996�1999)


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    Discography


    Main|The Prodigy discography
    ; Studio albums
  • Experience (The Prodigy album)|Experience (1992)

  • Music for the Jilted Generation (1994)

  • The Fat of the Land (1997)

  • Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004)

  • Invaders Must Die (2009)


  • ; Live album
  • '' World's on Fire (album)|World's on Fire (2011)


  • References


    Reflist|30em

    External links



  • Official website|theprodigy.com

  • Allmusic |class=artist |id=p26871

  • IMDb name|1980220

  • twitter|THE_PRODIGY

  • facebook|18452288248

  • myspace|theprodigy


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