Well, it's difficult to say what a bands real intention in reference to making money and being hip and that shit is.
I mean, Liam can say as much about being underground as he wants, fact is that they aren't and fortunately they noticed that as well.
So they go on with saying things like "We have the power to put things in the charts that otherwise wouldn't be heard" and yeah, what else should they do.
In my opinion they get the best out of it.
They are commercial, but they don't act like.
And luckily XL Recordings isn't pressing them much either.
I think we mustn't forget that moving forward always pushes you into commerciality, I don't understand some people (-not you Zed-) who hope the new album could get less commercial, heads up people, it won't.
That's normal, look at all the other good bands in that genre, Chem's, Fatboy, all that.
They once were tiny and unrelevant, but as they a) release more records and b) get better musically, they earn more respect, get more known and are more commercial.
And really, if every band that is good would behave as The Prodigy, we would be a tad lesser tripped in that commercial hole.
I don't know about Keith playing the guitar, but I don't really think it was meant to get public attention, it seems like they just stick with their philosophy. But it sure isn't about having a guitarplayer on board, if that was their idea, they should have recruited a *real* guitar-man and not someone that plays for about a year or so.
But maybe it's part of a whole fat surprise pack we're supposed to get served, you know, some weird effects on the guitar which makes them sound like a thousand washing machines from hell or what.
Liam might have reached his top on FOTL, but even if, it's not bad, or? Why should he get worse on the new record, I don't think he suddenly lost his ability. I would like another album with FOTL quality very much.
Poor boy, he pressures himself much enough I think, then there is that bugging girlfriend who wants to shop with him and his fans thinking about things that could get worse.
And XL is on the run too, I guess.
So stop worrying everybody, be surprised if the album gets shitty or be happy if it rocks your world.