Keith Flint, the fearsome looking frontman of British electronic dance group The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. With him, you fear, has gone one of the most important music movements of the last 30 years.
The Prodigy is, or was, a strange group, all things considered. They emerged from the rave scene of early 90s Essex, with hits such as ‘Charly,’ ‘Everybody in the Place’ and ‘Out of Space’. The latter became a popular, upbeat, conciliatory anthem the band ended every show with, whilst ‘Everybody’ just missed out on number one.
But the group went mainstream with a much darker brand of music than the ‘kiddie rave’ of their debut work. Flint was at the forefront of this transformation, bringing an aggressive punk aesthetic to the band's formerly placid, casual look, as well as howling lyrics and dancing that bordered on disturbing.