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The Prodigy: Firestarter: Facts – Making of and Live in Athens [1997]

21 years. 21 fucking years. Since the day Firestarter was released. And 19 years since the live delivery in Athens Rockwave festival with Electric Guitar and Drums live performance. Mind Detonator.

I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator.
I’m the fear addicted, danger illustrated.
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter.
You’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter.
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter.
I’m the bitch you hated, filth infatuated.
Yeah! I’m the pain you tasted, fell intoxicated.

I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter.
You’re the firestarter, twisted firestarter.
I’m the self inflicted, mind detonator.
Yeah! I’m the one infected, twisted animator.
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter.
You’re the firestarter, twisted firestarter.
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter starter


SETLIST + Song lists here! 

  1. Rock ‘N’ Roll

  2. Smack My Bitch Up
  3. Funky Shit
  4. Prepare for the Rush
  5. Breathe
  6. We Do What the Fuck We Want
  7. Voodoo People
  8. Voodoo Beats
  9. Their Law
  10. Firestarter

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  11. Mindfields
  12. Poison
  13. Rhythm of Life
  14. Fuel My Fire



Album: The Fat Of The Land
Released: 1997

Facts Below from

This was the first single by The Prodigy to feature Flint on vocals.


The guitar riff was sampled from The Breeders song “S.O.S.“. The “Hey, Hey, Hey” refrain was borrowed from The Art Of Noise’s “Close (To The Edit).”


The video was shot in a tube tunnel at the disused Aldwych station in London and showed Keith Flint wearing an American flag T-shirt and a Mohician haircut looking very menacing. The terrifying video was slammed by the fire service as an incitement to arson. The tabloids criticized it for frightening young children.


The Foo Fighters’ “Weenie Beenie,” a track on their debut album, provided inspiration for this song. >>


The Prodigy’s main songwriter Liam Howlett told Q magazine March 2008: “I’d started The Fat Of The Land and I’d done the first track, an instrumental: ‘Firestarter.’
Keith comes in and goes, ‘If I’m ever going to do any lyrics, I’m going to do it on this tune.’ “Keith Flint added in the same Q interview: “I remember Liam on the phone to (their record label boss) Richard Russell. He said, ‘Do you think these words describe Keith: Twisted? Self Inflicted? Yes, very much so.’ The lyrics were about being onstage: this is what I am. Some of it is a bit deeper than it seems.”


There was a Hermann Goring quote on the album sleeve that provoked reactions: “We have no butter, but I ask you, would you rather have butter or guns?” Howlett expressed surprise that Q magazine deemed it controversial: “Really? I never got any slack off that being a Nazi quote. I just thought it was relevant. It was a b-boy quote.” (A b-boy is someone who is devoted to hip-hop culture).


The Fat Of The Land went to #1 in 23 countries in its first week of release.
In the UK it was one of the fastest selling LPs ever, in The Fat Of The Land‘s debut week its total sales were greater than all the other 99 of the top 100 albums combined.


Keith Flint was asked by Q magazine November 2009 what he considers to be The Prodigy’s best lyric. He replied: “That’s one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked. I’d better say one of mine. Having barely written anything at school, and then writing the nine lines of Firestarter in Liam’s room… I was taking the piss. Causing a stir, f–king people off! I believe that naiveté served me well.”


Keith Flint owns a pub in Essex with an open fire. Every time he lights it and someone quotes this song, they have to donate £1 to charity.


Liam Howlett told Q magazine: “The video was black and white because we’ve done a 100 grand (£100,000) video and we’d binned it and we had 20 grand left. (Our label) XL was freaking out.”

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