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The Prodigy – What do “dark stars” tell us about society?

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The Prodigy Perform At Stadium Live Club In Moscow – By: Kommersant Photo – People: Keith Flint

The Prodigy are a British pop band most popular in the 1990’s and the turn of the century. Their often controversial “big beat” electronic music was banned from some American department stores. The BBC also had issues with some of The Prodigy’s material. Canada, however, never had a problem with The Prodigy.¹

In their heyday they were perceived as dark stars, replete with devilish and disturbing videos. But we should keep in mind that a lot of Rock and Roll was initially taken this way. One could see The Prodigy’s work as artistic representation, not entirely unlike the horrific yet socially ‘acceptable’ works of the visual artist Hieronymus Bosch.

It remains to be seen if The Prodigy will survive as long as the former bad boys of Rock and Roll, The Rolling Stones, whose lead man Mick Jagger ironically became part of Britain’s highest social order – knighted by the Queen.²

This leaves us with a lingering question:

Does society really change or do many so-called rebels eventually learn how to play the game, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange, and simply fit in?

¹ http://jam.canoe.com/Music/Artists/P/Prodigy/1997/12/13/pf-748896.html

² http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9391107/Why-the-Queen-refused-to-hand-Mick-Jagger-a-knighthood.html

† It was difficult choosing the headline image for this entry. See https://www.flickr.com/search/?l=commderiv&q=The%20Prodigy for several more good shots.

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