The Prodigy - 'Warrior's Dance'
Today, 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?
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."