When Liam Howlett walked into the XL offices with his 10 track demo in 1990, not even he could have guessed the significance of that meeting. After an initial limited pressing of ‘What Evil Lurks’ made its way into record bags and clubs across the country, it was the second release of ‘Charly Says’ that really set out The Prodigy’s stall. Blending an irreverent bank of samples into a rave scene anthem, ‘Charly Says’, despite critical passiveness at the time, captured the hearts of the clubbing scene and announced the talents of Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim Reality.
What followed was one of the most influential electronic albums in history. ‘Experience’ enjoyed massive success as Howlett and co refined their breakbeat rave stab sound, and changed the face of clubbing in the UK. Inviting many imitators, nobody else quite captured the dance music zeitgeist anywhere near as successfully as The Prodigy.
Using samples from contemporary reggae, and pitched up vocal clips, Prodigy had made their initial trademark sound. Concerned about the unwanted label of ‘Kiddie Rave’, their second album saw them hone their underground influences and send things somewhat darker, getting back in touch with the maturing rave scene.