Charly is the debut single released by The Prodigy, taken from their debut album Experience. It was released in the UK on August 12, 1991 through XL Recordings on vinyl, CD and cassette tape format. Almost a year later, it was released as a double A-side single with "Everybody in the Place" in the United States on June 18, 1992 through Elektra Records on CD, digipak and maxi-single format.
On 24 August 1991, "Charly" debuted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, two weeks later it rose to a peak position of number three where it stayed for two consecutive weeks. On October 1, 1992, Charly had sold over 200,000 copies in the UK which in turn enabled it a Silver BPI certification.
The single re-entered the chart almost five years after release at number sixty-six on 20 April 1996. The single re-entered again, a further eight years on from its previous re-entry due to a digital download release of the single. This time at number 73 on 4 December 2004. Altogether it spent a total of six weeks within the top ten and twelve weeks within the top seventy-five. On November 22, 2004 the single was released on digital download format.
Charly was written and produced Liam Howlett, together with Chaz Stevens as an additional producer. The single's cover art was designed by Jay McKendry Jenkins. The song samples a 1970s BBC Public Information Film, Charley Says, (from "Double Deckers" of ITV's "Say No To Strangers" campaign), in which a little kid is shown with his cat. This sample later resulted in the band being unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism.
Produced by Chaz Stevens and Liam Howlett
Recorded at C.W.S. Studios
All tracks written by Liam Howlett
Published by EMI / Virgin Music Ltd.
All rights reserved.
Made in England.
Illustration: Jay McKendry Jenkins
An unknown partnership sleeve
A shout to all the friends we have made whilst on
Love and respect to the rocking people of Braintree for full support (you know who you are)
Special thanx to Sharky. Respect to 4-Tune, Carl Cox, Dj Rap, Slipmatt, Lime and Devious D
Xtra special thanx to Ziggy (Captain Naughty) and to Jay for artwork and costume design.
- Liam, Keef, Leroy and Keity (The Prodigy)