Keith Flint

I’m sure everyone who reads this will know by now that The Prodigy’s Keith Flint was found dead by police at his home yesterday. Keith was as much the face of the British music boom of the mid 90s as Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker or either of the Gallaghers and the music the group made provided a big selling counterpoint to the retro sounds of the guitar groups. The Prodigy came from the Essex rave scene, all long hair, jogging bottoms and very fast bpms and worked their inwards, eventually making some of the singles that defined the times. Firestarter was one. Not that it matters but I always preferred Breathe, a perfect distillation of punk x rave.

It was announced later on yesterday by Liam Howlett that Keith’s death was suicide- which is unbelievably sad. People who knew him all said what a sweet and lovely man he was. Someone else commented that suicide is ‘a permanent solution to a temporary problem’. Everyone, but men especially, have got to learn to talk to each other more and ask for help when we need it.

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No Good

On our Freeview box we have several music channels, one of which is devoted to dance music (Clubland Classics or something is its name). It often runs down a chart of 50 early 90s dance music smashes which invariably I get sucked into. I walked into the front room on Sunday to find this playing.

Before they decided to turn into a rock band The Prodigy were a full on Essex rave outfit, Liam Hewlett’s dj and production skills plus 3 mates as dancers. No Good (Start The Dance) was a 1994 single built around a Kelly Charles vocal sample, rave synth stabs and a frantic breakbeat. The video is also very 1994, clearly paving the way for the later Firestarter and Breathe videos. But aside from slow-mo shots of Liam, Keith Flint and Maxim, it’s the dancing that really strikes me and that really locates it in 1994.