Album Review: The Prodigy (Their Law:The Singles)

With political punk, futuristic dance music and an infusion of euphoric rage, The Prodigy have presented a compilation of singles in Their Law: The Singles that shows us why the Brits truly are angry people.

The Prodigy formed in 1990 in Britain during the warehouse party scene era. It was at the Labyrinth, London’s premier party house, that the crew displayed a fistful of hard-hitting techno and an intense party attitude that would leave audiences in a drug-like psychosis.

Thanks to their high reputation on the underground circuit and the studio wizardry of producer Liam Howlett, The Prodigy began to spread their epidemic.

Their Law: The Singles is a two-disc set composed of singles that have hit number one on the U.K. and U.S. music charts. Also included is a 50-page booklet of artwork of the band for devoted fans and a DVD detailing the highly controversial video “Smack My Bitch Up.” Footage from “Firestarter” various live concerts is also included.

When I think of The Prodigy, I just remember seeing the videos and thinking how petrified I was of seeing these fierce, pierced guys screaming about fire and hitting bitches, all while being under-the-influence of hardcore drugs. This is when I begin to wonder if the D.A.R.E program was really giving me the inside scoop about the effects of drugs.

“Firestarter” is the hit that introduced American audiences to The Prodigy. The high-pitched guitar in the intro and the panoramic bass is what makes this song unforgettable. This song talks about being the instigator and provoking one to the limits of fighting and destruction.

“Smack My Bitch Up” is the tune that my dad and I would listen to whenever we would have our countryside father-son outings. The title is self-explanatory to what this song could possibly mean.

“Change (take) my picture / Smack my bitch up” are the only lyrics in the song and allow the listener’s imagination to come up with the song’s meaning. The song consists of the hitting of a top-hat symbol, faint moaning and whatever sound that makes techno music techno.

Also, my dad and I never had countryside outings. We just played catch.

Never has the xylophone and wacky duck noises been so cleverly orchestrated in “Out of Space,” a song promoting the use of drugs and begging to “take your brain to another dimension” and to pay close attention. This song was not released in the states for this reason alone, but stayed on UK charts for several weeks.

Sex, drugs and rock and roll can honestly be the theme of this collection piece. The Prodigy shows us once again why they can deem themselves as one of the greatest innovators of underground house and why all the cool kids do drugs.

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