Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Prodigy - Firestarter





The Prodigy - Firestarter (1996)

I find it hard to believe that The Prodigy were first on the scene when I was 10 years old! I'm proud to say I know I've liked them since day dot. 'Out of Space' was right up every 10 year old's street with the constant cartoon "Boing!" running all the way through it!

Firestarter from the album The Fat of The Land to me, was so mega different from their first 2 albums as it launched Keith Flint straight into the limelight as a "front man." I fell for his freaky hairdo, mental energy and of course his famous tongue piercing! When I was 16 and on the verge of my long awaited rebellious stage, I took one look at Keith and thought, "Yes, I shall have one of those." I was in 6th form, in a Catholic school, and it was probably the most rebellious thing I could get away with, without it actually showing! Rather than coming home to mum and dad with the shocking display of the piercing itself, like I should have done, I told them I wanted one and was going to get it done whether they liked it or not. I was so disappointed when they simply answered, "Okay fine, how much is it, we'll give you some money." That's hardly rock and roll! I should have said I wanted to get a tattoo on my face!


Do you remember when The Box - Music television you control, was all the rage during those cable TV days? Music videos on demand, what could be better as a teen! And for those mums and dads out there, sorry about the phone bills. My brother and I heard Firestarter independently of each other and discussed how cool it was and joked about Keith's Essex accent. It wasn't available to buy yet so we called up The Box to request it. Anticipation doesn't describe the next 20 minutes! The dark tunnel appeared and the track listing flickered with Keith vibrating in the background. We put the volume onto full(a first ever for our TV I might add) and blasted it out in the front room. After about 10 seconds of jumping up and down to the beat and laughing together, my mum frantically appeared from the hallway shouting, "What's going on?! I thought a plane was crashing into the house!" I don't think we even turned it down. Sorry Mum!



Catch up with more tracks from my Saturday Night Jukebox posts here or playlist below, full of Guilty Pleasures, everyone's got one!





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8 October 2011 at 22:25

Charlie says, "always check the instructions when colouring your own hair Keith" But seriously, I remember when this song came out my first thought was that I liked the jumper he wore in the video but a close second was "S#it, what an amazing song"

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11 October 2011 at 10:06

I agree, an amazing song from a great album. The Prodigy have been consistently good for so long!

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14 October 2011 at 15:47

Absolutely superb track, completely mental...I love the beat, the constant siren, the Art of Noise sample, chaotic and claustrophobic, brilliant and nothing quite like it at the time. The living room, I think, was a complete mess after the video finished!

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