THEN&NOW: The Prodigy

English electronic music group “The Prodigy” will soon amaze everyone with their performance at Skonto Hall in Riga on 16th April.

Let`s get to know this eye-catching group.

“The Prodigy” THEN

In 1990 Liam Howlett created a 10-track demo. He then played it to XL Recordings boss Nick Halkes, who picked up the demo. Pressing of “What Evil Lurks” was released in 1991. The Prodigy`s name was chosen by Liam as a tribute to his first analogue synthesizer Moog Prodigy on which he wrote these 10 tracks.

The band`s first full-length album “Experience” became a landmark release in the history of British rave music. The album was a commercial success in the UK, but it failed to chart in other countries. It peaked at number 12 and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

In 1994 the Prodigy`s second album “Music for the Jilted Generation” debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number one. It gained positive reactions from critics with its new elements of big beat and electro-industrial. The album was described as a “complex, powerful record that propelled dance music into stadiums with rock`n`roll swagger” and was later nominated for Mercury Music Prize.

The release of “Firestarter” in 1996 helped the band break into the U.S. and other overseas markets, and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. In this year the Prodigy also headlined the prestigious Lollapalooza festival.

Third Prodigy album “The Fat of the Land” was released in 1997 and it cemented the band`s position as one of the most internationally successful acts in the dance genre.

In 1999 live keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill departed from the group. The band`s website was replaced with their logo and words “We will be back…”

“The Prodigy” NOW

After a break from touring and recording, the single “Baby`s Got a Temper” was released in 2002. It received a critical disappointment though. Nevertheless Q Magazine named the Prodigy one of the “50 bands to see before you die”.

The Prodigy`s fourth studio album “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned” was released in 2004. It was then promoted by a 2 year long tour.

“Invaders Must Die” – which was their fifth studio album, was released in 2009. The band said that the album would go back to their “old-school but cutting edge” roots. That year the band also played at Glastonbury.

On 18 March 2010 the Prodigy announced a showing of “World`s on Fire”, which was recorded before 65,000 fans and was the debut live film of them. They also announced that after their American tour with Linkin Park, they were to re-enter the studio to record new material.

Finally in 2015, after almost six years of recording and a few restarts, the band released album “The Day Is My Enemy”.

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