The Prodigy: Firestarter

The Prodigy’s vocalist/musician/frontman Keith Flint sadly passed away over the weekend—he was 49 years old. Known for his blistering live performances, Flint was the electronic group’s frontman (first as a dancer) since its inception in 1990, after meeting DJ Liam Howlett at a local club in Braintree, Essex. Wildly influential in the rave scene, The Prodigy then found mainstream success with their debut LP Experience, but it was the Flint-led “Firestarter” from The Fat of the Land (1996) that won them their first number one. With punk-inflected vocals by Flint and samples from all over the place (the riff is from The Breeders’ “SOS,” the drums are from a remix of “Devotion” by Ten City, and the “hey hey hey” is from avant-garde synthpop group Art of Noise), the track is a high-energy genre-clashing banger.