The Prodigy, formed in 1990, are an English electronic dance music band, originating from Braintree, in Essex. Their musical style is multi-dimensional, containing elements of electronic rave music, alternative dance, breakbeat hardcore, synth-rock, and big beat. The group have often defined their musical output as 'electronic punk'. Their respected status as pioneers of breakbeat-inspired big beat music is often credited together with artists including Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers.
Originally defiant in the underground rave scene, The Prodigy were often labelled “The Godfathers of Rave”. The group would go onto achieve global attention with their hit singles “Breathe” and “Firestarter”, both of which achieved number one status in the UK. Moreover, both these singles were part of their album “The Fat of the Land” (1997), that topped both the British and American charts and sold 10 million copies globally. Other notable songs from this album include “Smack My Bitch Up”, which became emblematic of their sound as a group. Their mass popularity allowed them to achieve a crossover from the underground rave scene into the mainstream consciousness of pop music, solidifying themselves as one of the most influential electronic music acts of all time and selling over 25 million records worldwide.
The members of The Prodigy have included their founder, Liam Howlett, MC Maxim, vocalist and dancer Keith Flint, dancer and live keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill, and vocalist and dancer Sharky. Leeroy Thornhill and Sharky left the group in the 1990s, while Keith Flint tragically passed away in 2009. Current members include Liam Howlett and Maxim, who plan to complete and release an album dedicated to Flint’s memory.
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