Understood. I just didn't think his age when something comes out has stopped him from discovering bands. I used Neil because I know it's a definite favorite of his but I could have substituted it for any artist he likes from the 60's/70's.
I don't care much to get into a full on debate. But that's what Wikipedia says.
Big beat is a term employed since the mid-1990s by the British music press to describe much of the music by artists such as The Prodigy, Cut La Roc, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, and Propellerheads typically driven by heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns in common with established forms of electronic dance music such as techno and acid house.
Exact same article:
In 1989, Iain Williams from the London, England-based electronic duo Big Bang coined the musical term "big beat" to describe the band's sound. He explained the band's concept during an interview with the French journalist Alex Gerry for an article in the London magazine Metropolitan (issue 132, page 9, 6 June 1989) under the heading, "BIG BANG IN CLUBLAND. Could BIG BEAT be the 1989 answer to ACID HOUSE?"
Edit: I don't want to say that The Prodigy aren't super influential, but let's not overdo it here...
If you're saying The Prodigy arent a HUGE influence on acts such as Skrillex/Knife Party/Bassnectar then you're lying to yourself.
The last record Prodigy put out had some good tunes, they just received very little label help here in the US. Check out "Omen" or "Take Me To The Hospital. I saw them at Ultra Fest a couple years ago and they were the highlight of the weekend, the energy they brought was off the charts.
Post by stevengoestoroo on Oct 25, 2012 12:23:53 GMT -5
Without jumping head-on in the debate whether or not The Prodigy is legit... My $0.02:
I am originally from Western Europe (the Netherlands) and listened to them a lot in high school (I am born in 1973). They were huge there. Looking at their FB page, it seems like they are very popular in Eastern Europe right now, they are playing a lot of festivals there.
I didn't know it was called Big Beat, I always called it Techno Punk. But I made that name up myself :-) When I arrived in the USA back in 1997, I was very surprised that almost nobody heard of The Prodigy over here!
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