Video Hangover: The Prodigy – “Firestarter”

Twice a week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Firestarter”
The Prodigy, 1996

A few things to consider while you?re trying to figure out what a “self-inflicted mind-detonator” is…

Diddy should probably be on this list as well
Although some people understandably mistook him for a proper frontman, Anglophiles and dance-music connoisseurs knew Keith Flint was only moonlighting as a vocalist. In fact, Mr. Flint was the latest in a long and distinguished line of interpretive dancers, which includes the Happy Monday?s immortal (literally — he should have died about 50 times by now) Bez and 23 out of the 147 people in Arrested Development.

We?ll see you all in 2013 at the Propellerheads reunion
Ah, Big Beat, we remember you fondly. For many techno-phobic Americans, ?Firestarter? was their first exposure to so-called electronica music, which was all the rage across the pond but never quite caught on in the States (unless you count movie soundtracks and car ads). The Prodigy had a much more diverse (and influential) career than someone like Fatboy Slim, but all of the DJ-based bands of the era got lumped together into a giant, post-Nirvana ball of who-gives-a-crap. Well, we did. And we bet some of you did, too. But perhaps it?s too soon for nostalgia. What?s the turnaround on musical trends? 15 years? How long will we have to wait until bands start trying to sound less like The Talking Heads, and more like, say, Chemical Brothers circa ?Exit Planet Dust??

Confession: We are terrified of zombies of any ethnic background
It seems almost quaint now, but back in the day ?Firestarter? was, if not “scary,” exactly, then at least one of those videos we preferred to watch with the lights on. This list included, among others: “Closer”, ?Stink Fist”; and “Thriller.” And we’re only a little bit ashamed to admit it.

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