The day might be their enemy. Though for the Prodigy, father time is a much bigger problem.
It’s been a quarter century since they set the British “rave” scene alight with their incendiary live show and catchy club tunes. The self-styled electronic punks are still a fierce live act which, on the evidence of their latest album, can still pack a chart-punch. The band members admit, however, they can’t go on for much longer.
“I think that the band’s gonna come to an end at some point,” vocalist Keith Flint told NME. “And it’s got to be soon. It will end before we want it to because of the realities of age.”
The trio (they were a foursome until dancer Leeroy Thornhill left in 2000) are all in their 40s. “There comes a point where you don’t want to be Uncle Alan at the wedding reception,” the band’s producer and sonic mastermind Liam Howlett told the music title.
The Prodigy enjoyed commercial success in their homeland right from the beginning. The club classic “Charly” reached No. 3 in the U.K. back in 1991, and its follow-up, “Everybody in the Place,” also from the debut album The Prodigy Experience, went to No. 2 the next year. By the time the hit sophomore album Music for the Jilted Generation arrived in 1994, word had spread that the group’s live show was the best in the business. The act arrived as a mainstream global force with 1997’s Fat of the Land, which reached No. 1 in more than a dozen countries, including the U.K. and U.S., and yielded a string of top ten hits, including the U.K. No. 1s “Firestarter” and “Breathe.”
The influential act’s latest offering, The Day Is My Enemy, became their sixth No. 1 when it opened at the summit of the U.K. albums chart in April. The set peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200.
The Prodigy played the multi-city Future Music Festival in Australia back in March and they kick off a U.K. tour May 4 at the Newcastle O2 Academy.