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The Prodigy - 'Warrior's Dance'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:37 UK time, Tuesday, 5 May 2009

ProdigyToday, gentle ChartBloggerers, you find me resting twitchily on the horns of a dilemma (which I believe is some kind of moose). I have wedged into my brainspace a piece of music by the Prodigy, and it's fiery, upbeat and wild. These are always good things to have in a tune, and therefore I am happy. However, it is also made up of bits of other songs, in a kind of sound mosaic, and some of the songs it is made from are songs which have already been released by the Prodigy, and that's not as good. The familiar bits tug at my memory, distracting me from getting my party on, and this is making me sad.

The question is, does the ferocity of the end result justify the obvious self-plagiarism? Surely I can get the same thrills from digging out their old stuff. And does sticking a sample from a suitably old school rave classic by someone else help the situation or hinder it?

(Here's the video. Don't play with matches, kids. Especially if you're made of cardboard.)

And the answer to this question is...iunno *shrugs*.

What I do know is massively fat distorted bass synths and antsy breakbeats, which jibber and lurch around each other like fighting cobras are two of the best things to ever happen to music. You know it, I know it, and Pendulum definitely know it.

The shrieking, sped-up vocal-loop and 808 State saxophone sample are there to introduce a bit of emotional variety, so you can go on a little journey from euphoria to melancholy to frenzy and back again, and we can also add nostalgia to the list, seeing as this is a return to the classic Prodge sound of the early '90s.

And yes, I know we've given other bands a hard time for pillaging their own past for ideas. I guess it's just a question of how well you do it.

Now, can someone help me down off these antlers?

Four starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: May 11th
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Synthtopia says: "The first 40 seconds of this track made me think that The Prodigy had died"
Music Lovers Group says: "The track's chorus is a sample of "Take Me Away" by Final Cut with True Faith."
FemaleFirst says: "No one does or could ever sound like The Prodigy."


  • Comment number 1.

    I'm scared of the Prodigy. But I do really like the beginning of this.

  • Comment number 2.

    This song sounds absolutely huge in the clubs !!

    The album "Invaders must die " is selling extremely well... live shows sold out..... an excellent comeback for the Prodigy !!!

  • Comment number 3.

    i love this band keith is awsome!!!
    i wish i was at the big weekend !!
    i hope they keep touring after reading festival i need tickets!:D this song is amazing love the solder remix!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    There's a big difference here.

    Most bands who plagurise their own work do so to ensure that they keep the fans that they have gained, they do it album after album after album.

    This is very different becasue it is almost a homage to The Prodigy of 10 years ago with it's stolen pieces coming from Fat of the Land and Experience as opposed to their last album.

    It's almost like a little reward to their fans who stuck with them over the past decade.


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