Back in 1997, the "Electronica" craze was sweeping the United States.
Not knowing how to describe dance music, the media manufactured this catch-all phrase, similar to the way the term "EDM" is used today. At the time, a band out of the UK known as The Prodigy had assaulted the mainstream worldwide with pair of singles: "Firestarter" and "Breathe." It was undeniably dance music, but it carried a much different edge. The beats were harder, and coasted onto MTV and pop radio with the use of a more rock-oriented sound, something that the group's producer Liam Howlett admitted to, as he was all about the evolution of their sound. The image of member Keith Flint, who added intense vocals to both of these tracks, was unforgettable: shaven head down the center and on the sides, heavy nose ring and spastic movements. If dance music had a proper character for the guitar set to latch onto, he was their (rock) star.
Today, The Prodigy celebrates the fifteen-year anniversary of The Fat of the Land's release with a special edition of the album, complete with remixes from Noisia, Major Lazer, Baauer, Alvin Risk and many more. And while there was a lot of hype and controversy surrounding the release that many knew about (remember, this was back when MTV regularly reported news on it's station, as opposed to just updating their website), but there have to be some points that might have been forgotten or glossed over during that media blitz. Let's take a look back at some things that we imagine many don't remember about this particular period in The Prodigy's story.