Music ramblings: The Prodigy

Sometimes I feel like my tastes in music have become way too nostalgic... It's becoming more and more rare for me to actually discover a new band or musician that I fall in love with. I think I can count the amount of times that happened last year on one hand (and I am trying to rack my brains to figure out who they were right now, to no avail). Maybe I am just relying too much on the stuff that I already know I love (and there is a lot of that), so I'm not even looking for anything new. (This means I need suggestions, for those who didn't get the hint).
Anyway, I was making a playlist on Spotify for my sister (it's HERE if you feel like listening to it) and have since been dancing round my apartment (and subsequently at work during a performance of Being Shakespeare) to The Prodigy all day. I still remember the first time I heard them, back in 1994. I think it was the first time I really got into music that wasn't rock/punk/folk/metal/goth/EBM. I was in England during my summer holiday and the video for No Good (Start the Dance) was pretty much playing on a loop on MTV (between Alanis Morrisette, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Stiltskin, Gun, Blur, Oasis, Alice in Chains and that bloody Wet Wet Wet song). I loved that video (still do actually). Dark and creepy with furious dancers in an underground basement area. Kind of like a visual dance track of the parties I was used to going to. I bought Music for a Jilted Generation that summer, but pretty much only used to listen to a couple of songs off it for a while. My sister also immediately fell in love (although that was no surprise, she was already well entrenched in the underground rave scene in France).

Fast forward a few years and The Fat of the Land came out. I can't tell you how excited I was, especially after having heard Firestarter and seen Keith Flint's new crazy punkesque look and vocals. I like angry music and I like to dance, so couple anger with dance beats and it seemed like the perfect combination. Like dance music for those who are into the darker side of things. EBM and Dark Electro also worked, but there was something really refreshing about The Prodigy. There was that whole controversy about the track called Smack My Bitch Up (and the awesome video that came with it), but that just made me like them more. That track, as well as Breathe are still firm favourites of mine. In fact, I've been dancing to Breathe all day.

That said, I missed out on the album that was released in 2004 (I was too busy living an idyllic life in Israel on a kibbutz while drinking too much vodka), and I didn't even realise that they released another album in 2009. Must get on that as soon as I get home tonight... And I still haven't seen The Prodigy live, which I really need to one day.They should totally co-headline a tour with Skinny Puppy or something... Anyway, seeing as I am back in 1994 now I'm going to move on from The Prodigy for an hour and listen to some Asian Dub Foundation, just to take my mind off the fact that my sister is currently watching the Buzzcocks live at Coachella, while I am stuck at work in Brooklyn.

The Prodigy official site
The Prodigy on Wikipedia

My 112 Best Tracks From The Past 15 Years

I used to read NME and Melody Maker every summer when I was a teenager (only in the summer, because I was only in England during the summer. France was sadly devoid of this type of publication). All those articles in 1995 about Richie Edwards disappearance and Hole's Reading performance, The Levellers, New Model Army tours, Blur VS Oasis, Oasis VS Oasis, Brett Anderson, Glastonbury etc etc.
Anyway! Apparently has been around for 15 years (I'm surprised it's been that long already, but am not going to make myself feel old, so lets move away from that topic rapidly). For their 15 year anniversary they posted a list of what they thought were the 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years (click on the link to see them).

Now, it does say that it is a list of songs that meant the most to them over the course of the past 15 years. So, of course, I have to completely disagree, and even further, I had to make my own one. It took me all day, so someone had better appreciate it. Or at least listen to it. Then again I'll play it at 200 Orchard during my next shift, so you should come and listen to it.

I kind of wished that it were still 2010, because there were a lot of albums released in 1995 that I REALLY wanted to use. I also realised how much "old" music I listen to, much more than "new" bands. So it took me quite a few hours to painstakingly choose one song per artist that meant something to me personally and also was released between 1996 and today... And then I decided to add some artists more than once, because they just need to be on this list and I couldn't choose just one song. My list is VERY different from the one that NME published, so I suppose we lost track of each other over the past 15 years (probably at the time that I spent too much time dancing the night away in goth clubs or stage diving at black metal shows or discussing radical politics around cheap wine bottles). I don't know, listen, enjoy, comment...

Here is a complete track listing:

Link to track listing

And here is the playlist on Spotify:
My 15 Year Version

Another happiness-inducing playlist

I kind of woke up on the unhappy side of the bed today, so while I was procrastinating over writing some really boring articles I needed to submit this afternoon I made a new playlist. I am not going to apologise about putting two songs by the Ronettes in the playlist, because they make me happy and I love them more very very much.

How can a mix of the following artists not make anyone happy?!: Martha Reeves, The Ronettes, Elvis, The Crystals, The Shirelles, Otis, Roy Orbison, Mary Wells, The Temptations and so on...