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Fact #191978


Short story:

The Prodigy release a new single, Firestarter, as the first single from their third album, The Fat Of The Land. It will become their first No1 single in the UK.

Full article:

Liam Howlett (The Prodigy) : It started off as an instrumental. I was just messing around with the use of guitars in dance music - I didn't believe that it had been done much with a cool flavour to it, on a real street level. I'd half-finished the instrumental and Keith (Keith Flint of The Prodigy) popped in. For the first time he said he'd like to have a go at some lyrics, so we sat down and talked about ideas.

That gave me the inspiration to finish it off for the next day, and by then it had changed to a more structured piece, where I could see lyrics fitting.

Keith and I set about writing them. It was mainly his input on the vocal side and I was just feeding back off him. The words are a total description of what's going on in his head. The music was recorded in three days at my home studio and then we did the main vocals at The Strongroom studio in London.

The riff came from listening to lots of American rock - I was really into the Foo Fighters at the time. Their track Weeny Beeny was an explosion of punk rock energy in the tune and I wanted to take some of that for Firestarter. The riff isn't identical but you can see where the inspiration came from.

The track isn't musical but it has some musical elements in it. I wanted the song to be a churning mass of sound but not too indistinguishable like Public Enemy used to be.

When we'd finished it I knew we had something original but it still had some of the 'old' feel about it. Even though it was programmed, I think we managed to have an organic feel about it.
(Source : Inspirations by Michael Randolfi, Mike Read and David Stark, published by Sanctuary, 2002)