The Prodigy’s return later this month with album five ‘Invaders Must Die’ has got the Clash office buzzing – both with nostalgia and the excitement of the new.
The band grace the cover of our next issue – in shops on February 5 – and our man Adam Park was lucky enough to spend quality face time with both Liam Howlett and Keith Flint.
Part two of our exclusive preview of issue 35’s detailed interview with The Prodigy – you won’t be able to miss them, as they’re staring out at you from the cover – sees Clash question the band on the impact of their biggest hit, ‘Firestarter’.
Pick up the next issue of Clash magazine for the full interview and some great exclusive photographs.
Find part one of this preview HERE.
Do you keep up with popular stuff? Would you even know what’s in the charts?
Liam: No man. I haven’t got a fucking clue. Not in an ‘aren’t I underground’ type of way, it’s just never interested me. I mean, I know when someone like Kings Of Leon get to number one because that’s important - this really great American band that you’ve seen come up and they get there, it’s a fucking achievement. I obviously know when Oasis get to number one too, you know what I mean? The whole family goes fucking mad. (Laughs) But I’ve never honestly bothered about the charts.
But when something like ‘Firestarter’ got to Number One it had such an impact. As a teenager living in a little market town, it felt like being vindicated and part of something bigger. When it was on Top Of The Pops it was this massive cultural thing.
Liam: Yeah, I don’t actually remember that happening again since on that level.
I think it was the last number one that caused that generational divide. Made people talk about it at school and work…
Liam: Yeah, and I’m glad to have been part of that if it is the case, because I can’t actually remember another record that has come out of nowhere to get like that. Not even Radio One would play it - they were like, ‘No way - no fucking way’. It actually got there on the buzz of the band and street level, which doesn’t happen now.
During that time you became the certified ‘biggest band in the world’. How did you cope with that? Is it something you’d go back to?
Liam: We never bothered about mass appeal, but with this new record we do want lots of people to hear it. It’s not like ‘We’re fucking back, like us!’ because we don’t give a fuck. We just want people to hear the music.
Keith: We want to rule every festival. We think we are the most important band in the world.
Liam: But what we mean by that is that everyone should think like that. If you’re in a band you should be the best and fuck everyone else.
Keith: We really don’t like looking at the long game. I’m not sat here working out the next haircut to make me the ‘Firestarter’ again. I don’t know what that was then, but whatever it is I don’t need it now.
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Pick up issue 35 of Clash magazine for more on The Prodigy. ‘Invaders Must Die’ is released on February 23. Find part one of this preview HERE.