"Dancing to the first album was more
of a constant flow, the music was similarly paced, with much
the same tempo all the way through the set. Myself
and Keith tended to alternate on stage, and the performance
was much more dance-based than theatrical. With the second
album, Jilted, things got harder and the stage show became
a lot more full-on. Each one of us had developed into identifiable
personality on stage, and with that cam the theatrics, Keith
in a strait-jacket, in the glass box, or the ball. Then we
realised that we didn't need that, that we have a great live
show without those dramatic extras. For example, Keith is
now a compelling performer in his own right, he doesn't need
the tricks. "
"Performing is the most powerful drug
on earth. I get a come-down if we don't gig for a few weeks,
it's unbelievable. "
"The first album Experience sums up
that period of our lives, going to raves, parties, that whole
scene. The album is like a show from those times, with all
the elements that people were into - piano riffs, rave stuff,
all quite anthemic. Jilted went much darker, it progressed
and took us much further forward. It was more electronic,
much less dance-based, introducing more guitar and rock into
the band's spectrum. The next album is substantially different
again, but constant to all the records is the hardness, that
Prodigy edge and sound, that is never absent. "
"We were in the car listening to the
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Keith was saying how he'd love
to do some vocals on a tune, and then two weeks later there
he was on 'Firestarter'. As soon as I heard the lyrics I
knew it was an explanation of himself, totally Keith. It
was another element, it seriously enhances the live show. "
"We'll break America, we've been there
every year for five years. We'll make it, because we're good
and if something's good there are enough cool people in the
States to pick up on it. We'll do it and we'll do it the
right way...our way. "
"When the music evolved away from the
more typically dance-based, keyboard-heavy elements, into
what you could call more rock 'n' roll, with guitars and
hints of verses and choruses, it opened things up to the
band on a totally new level. In many ways, 'Firestarter'
represents that turning point, with the full vocal track
especially. Having said that, it was hardly traditional,
it's not exactly in the conventional pop format, not by a
long way. Liam's stuff is still very twisted, even when he
dabbles with more accepted forms. "
"Maxim is chilling out with age, like
a good wine. He's a cross between me and Keith - when he's
on stage he's got that theatrical edge, his commanding stature,
people know he's in control of the mike. "
If people honestly think that "Smack
my Bitch up" is gonna make people go and beat up women, then
we'll just do a song saying "deposit all your money in this
P.O Box number. "