Hello there, folks! Kim here, with a new and hopefully successful addition to the site, “Whatever happened to?” Wednesdays. The premise is exactly like it sounds: every Wednesday, I, or another Music Mama, will revisit a favorite band or artist from the distant or even recent past that we haven’t heard from in a while – or who, at the very least, are no longer as common a name as they used to be – and find out what they’ve been up to lately. Hope you all enjoy the first installment!
A few weeks ago, I tackled the Herculean and much off-put task of finally transferring an insanely large number of CDs to my computer, and therefore onto my Zune (I don’t own any Apple products yet, ’cause I’m just a rebel like that!) for many hours of road-trip aural entertainment. A large number of these CDs were from the 90s, and among them was The Prodigy‘s The Fat of the Land. And hearing it in its entirety again was like finding a long-lost treasure, as I love every song on this album. My very favorite is “Climbatize.” Go Spotify, Grooveshark, Blip, YouTube, etc. it, if you are so inclined. It’s great to move around to! Other favorites are “Mindfields” and “Narayan.”
The Prodigy, a British electro-breakbeat hardcore-industrial-hip-hop band, first became prominently known in the states with 1997′s The Fat of the Land, but actually had several releases before that and were big beat trailblazers who were already huge in the club/rave scene. Those of you who were around in the 90s may remember the controversy that kicked up in the wake of the “Smack My Bitch Up” video. (In case you’re not, MTV showed it only during the latest part of the night, then yanked it out of rotation altogether after a week and several family-friendly retail chains quickly cleared their shelves of the CD. The song’s lyrics aren’t bad at all, but that video was something else, earning it the number one spot on an MTV2 countdown of the most controversial videos shown on MTV.) The Fat of the Land was definitely their most commercially successful release here in the States, and led to numerous movie soundtrack contributions as well as headlining several huge rock festivals including Lollapalooza.
After the late 90s I never heard anything by or about them, but they have continued to tour and release music.
Their most recent album, 2009′s Invaders Must Die, features a guest appearance by Dave Grohl, who I consider a living legend, on drums for “Run With the Wolves”, and also features a song which has made it onto both a movie and video game soundtrack, “First Warning.” (Fun fact: The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett remixed the Foo Fighters’ “White Limo.” Awesomeness!)
I thought this band had fallen off the face of the earth, but with their new releases, tours, clothing label, and remixes? They’ve apparently been busier than ever. Here’s a small playlist of some of The Prodigy’s more recent stuff you might NOT have heard yet:
I’m taking suggestions for my next go-round, if anyone has any they’d like me feature. So don’t be shy in the comments!