The Prodigy anthem ‘Firestarter’ turns 23 years old

Following the recent death of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, there feels no better way to relive the genius of the rave pioneer than by looking back at one of the group’s most iconic hits of all time, the anthemic ‘Firestarter‘. Released on this day in 1996, the track now turns 23 years old and will always be regarded as one of the most influential records in dance music history.

For those unaware of importance of The Prodigy on the overall dance spectrum, the UK band helped kickstart the underground rave scene which encapsulated Great Britain in the mid 90’s. With Police keen to shut off warehouse raves and illegal all-night events held in secret locations in fields in the middle of open-space countryside and farm barns, the movement grew rapidly, soon crossing into clubs, and these days, to the mainstages of festivals in a much more controlled and regulated way.

A true classic, ‘Firestarter’ was not only the biggest hit of all time from The Prodigy, but also helped to birth a number of acts including Pendulum and Chase & Status, who grew up inspired by Keith’s group.

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.

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