It is doubtful that the rave scene would have gained such a high profile in Britain and America without The Prodigy, formed by Liam Howlett in Essex in 1990. A sweeping statement, maybe, but anybody who has even sampled such a high energy and uncompromising album as Music For the Jilted Generation will know to what extent they reinvented the dance scene of the early to mid 90s.
The early singles such as Charly and Out Of Space were quirky samples worked into insistent rhythms: but Firestarter (FF 1996 #37) ushered in a new era of their development and gained them a UK chart number one in the process. It used vocals for the first time, deployed samples from the Breeders and Art Of Noise (both bands rightfully being co-credited on the songwriting credits), and also introduced the band’s taste for controversy by accompanying the song with a black and white video and Keith Flint’s appearance, which resembled Vivian from The Young Ones after two weeks without sleep:
They have assimilated various styles during their evolution, but the raw energy of the early style has never deserted them: as Keith said,
There is no such thing as a typical Prodigy song. The only thing typical about Prodigy is that it kicks, it rocks. There are a couple of elements like a rough sound and a hard rhythm that will always be there. [NY Rock]