Keith Flint, frontliner for UK dance and underground act Prodigy, found dead in his home at age 49.
I'm proper gutted, The Prodigy have been a constant in my musical life. They were the first thing to turn me towards electronic music and have been a
huge influence in the UK rave and dance seen since their inception.
"In recent years he retired to the countryside and ran a genteel country pub in Essex until 2017."
I had to look up the word "genteel", as I thought of something very, very much different than the actual meaning.
He was an icon.
BTW: First thought this was about Keith Richards but I guess that guy is just hardened up by every drug known to the universe to
edit on 4 3 2019 by ManFromEurope because: (no reason given)
I had a poetry instructor in college who thought that artists, the best ones, all lived with immense inner demons. Their art was often a product of
those struggles. Whether the demons were generated internally -- depression or other such mental issues -- or externally -- abuse, drug additions,
etc., they often set the best artists up to generate great work through the lens of that inner turmoil, but it was walking a fine line with with utter
destruction on the other hand.
In order to be the best, you often suffered greatly.
I was big into clubbing through the 90s and knew a few people who'd met him in clubs across the north. He was a good guy by all accounts. Whatever his
reasons were he's part of the memories of a couple of generations. If there's any life replay at death, he's sure to have seen hundreds of thousands
of people having great moments in their own lives to Prodigy tunes.
Aside from clubs, I was reminded of the community of smokers parking up listening to mix tapes (cassettes!). Prodigy were on tons of those tapes.
Nostalgia for being patted down by police and when there were droughts and a smoke was hard to come by! DS all over the place lol. They were great and
joyful high times.
Man it's a shame he felt like he had to go out this way. If there's karma, he's in credit.
R.i.p. Keith. The Prodigy, not just in electronic but out of all the genere of music I listen to will always be one of my favorite bands. Been
listening to them since seeing the Firestarter video on mtv. My friend got Music for the Jilted Generation album instead. It was very confusing at
first because it was a bit alien and no vocals, aside from samples. Here is to Keith!!
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