You don’t need me to tell you who The Prodigy are, or why you should buy this tape, as if you like either of these things you will have already pre-ordered it. Instead I will tell you a story.
Picture the scene. It’s some time in the 90s and I’m in biology class. A couple of the “cool” kids are messing around at the back. A strain my neck from my front row positioned seat (I need to have a good view of those videos about elephants being born!) to see what they are whispering about. I considered myself a “cool” kid too, and adjusted the Red Dwarf badge on bag to prove a point. The objects of my distraction then passed something up to the penultimate row, where “oohs” and “aahs” were audible, and my interest was piqued. I watched as a mother elephant dropped her massive slimy baby onto the Zimbabwe dirt, weak-kneed and confused. I empathised… just what was going on at the back of the class? I knew I shouldn’t have sat next to John Griffin at the front. I guess he had control of the dinnertime football, so had to feign friendship.
The mysterious artefact was passed forward again to the row behind me. I could see a glimpse of plastic, a fist bump and the act of “chair-dancing”, which was the international classroom signal for “Someone has got some good music and I want them to know, that I know too”. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of music it was, what delights awaited me. I lost interested in the elephant video now, I was too concerned about when it was going to be my turn to see this wonderful thing. The teacher, who stared, longingly out of the window, presumably wondering where his life went to, and why his version of “teaching” was putting on David Attenborough videos and sometimes taking the register (South London Catholic Schools take a bow), did not notice as I continually span around with hand outstretched, fingers ever-reaching for my prize. And then the bell went and my chance had gone, but I would not give up that easily. I ran down the corridor just as one of the “cool” kids (which I must stress, I totally was part of – I wore a Nightmare on Elm Street T-Shirt to School Sports Day when I was 9) was stuffing a shiny rectangle into his Benetton drawstring backpack. I grabbed this plastic biology class-destroyer in my hand and stared hard. It was beautiful. It was The Prodigy’s ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ on cassette and I now had a new soundtrack to my life.
If I knew then that in 2015 I would be making the tapes for a brand new Prodigy EP, I would have written it on the blackboard, Bart Simpson style, so my whole school would know, and possibly pick me first for their team during lunchtime football (Damn you John Griffin).
Once again, collaborating with one of the UK’s best labels ‘Cooking Vinyl’, we made sure this tape release was fit for a band that has sold 25 Million Records worldwide. Quite a fair few of them would have been cassette tapes, so it makes sense to do it in this format. When The Prodigy first started, people traded their tunes on mixtapes and I know Liam is a big fan of the format too (Cassettes are all over their official merch!) so hopefully this is the first of many tapes to come.
Is this the biggest tape release of the last 20 years? Probably. How do you feel about that? Chuffed the band and Cooking Vinyl chose POST/POP! It proves that cassettes are a viable format again, not just because a properly dubbed tape should be indistinguishable from vinyl (these tapes are) but also that there is a very large audience that want their fave band in this format too. Its a very good day for Cassette Culture and tape labels in general!
THE PRODIGY ‘THE NIGHT IS MY FRIEND’ EP:
1. GET YOUR FIGHT ON (RE EQ)
2. AWOL (STRIKE ONE)
3. RHYTHM BOMB FEAT. FLUX PAVILION (EDIT)
4. REBEL RADIO (RENÉ LAVICE’S START A FUCKING RIOT REMIX)
5. THE DAY IS MY ENEMY (CASPA REMIX)
THE EP WILL BE AVAILABLE ON DOWNLOAD, AS WELL AS LIMITED EDITION CLEAR 12”, CD AND CASSETTE – ALL FEATURING THE 5 TRACKS.
The pre-sale of the cassettes have almost all gone, so SNAP ONE UP NOW! Alot of people are anxiously waiting to hear AWOL and it really is a standout, though I believe the next single is going to be ‘Get Your Fight On’. This is likely to sell out before I even finish this sentence, so if you buy one, please dont put it on ebay for inflated prices. It’s not cool. If you bought it, keep it and enjoy it yourself!
You can see/hear more about The Prodigy by either clicking on the links below or googling “one of the most successful British acts of all time” :
Stay tuned until next week where I will most likely be doing tapes for ABBA and The Beatles.
p.s. if POST/POP has inspired you to start a tape label and you need some help to get going, email me and I’ll help you out/point you in the right direction.