With close to 20 million record sales worldwide, The Prodigy is the most successful group in dance music history. Hailing from Braintree, England, the group formed in 1990, and quickly began to forge a strong reputation on the underground rave scene. Fusing hardcore electronica with rock and punk, they are considered amongst the pioneers of the big beat genre in the early 90s. Adopting a more accessible sound for their 1994 second album, whilst remaining true to their rave roots, proved to be a breakthrough move, as they shot to the top of the UK album charts. 1997 saw them release one of dance music’s landmark albums, and one of the most important records of the 90s. The Fat Of The Land topped the charts in every major market in the world. With several members leaving to pursue other projects, Liam Howlett was the only original member to work on their 2004 comeback album, although 2009 marked a return to form, with Keith Flint and Maxim Reality returning to the band.
Followers: Pendulum, Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Kasabian, Basement Jaxx, Propellerheads
Influenced By: The Sex Pistols, Ultramagnetic MCs, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Rage Against The Machine, Meat Beat Manifesto...