The Prodigy Biography
This high-octane Electro-Rock outfit was formed in the late '80s in Braintree, Essex ENGLAND, by producer + songwriter Liam Howlett, vocalist Keith Flint, rap + vocalist Keetie 'Maxim' Palmer and dancer Leeroy Thornhill.
The Prodigy released its first single, "Charly", in the summer of 1991; the group's debut full-length album, "Experience", followed a year later; the record included an endless series of British charting singles such as "Everybody In The Place", "Fire" and "Out Of Space".
Their strong songs and powerful live shows created a large following in the rest of Europe and the group's second effort, "Music For The Jilted Generation", which arrived in July 1994, shot to #1 on the U.K. Official Albums chart, the record generated two hit singles: "Voodoo People" and "Poison"; the band then embarked on an extensive tour throughout Europe, Australia and America where the album cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart.
In spring 1996 the foursome released the commercial breakthrough single "Firestarter", which peaked at #1 in Great Britain and in half a dozen European countries; two more successful singles, "Breathe" and "Smack My Bitch Up", prefaced the explosive third album, "The Fat Of The Land"; it reached the #1 position on the U.S. Billboard Top 200, in Canada, in England and in almost twenty more countries charts, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide within a year; "Breathe" and "Firestarter" eventually broke the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart peaking at #18 and #24, respectively.
The quartet returned with 1999's "The Dirtchamber Sessions, Vol.
1", a 50-track mix-album helmed by Howlett.
Two years later Leeroy Thornhill left the group which released, in the summer 2002, the single "Baby's Got A Temper", it peaked at #5 on both the U.K. and Canadian Top 40 charts.
In September 2004, The Prodigy resurfaced with "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned"; Liam Howlett announced that usual bandmembers Keith Flint and Maxim weren't on the band's new album. However, they toured with Howlett in support of the record which reached #1 in U.K. and #62 in U.S. spawning a couple of minor hits with "Girls" and "Spitfire".
The rave stalwarts issued their fifth album, "Invaders Must Die", in March 2009 through Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl. The disc featured 11 tracks of Rock-infused Dance mayhem including the U.K. top 5 hit single "Omen" plus three more British charting singles: "Warrior's Dance", "Take Me To The Hospital" and the album's title-track.