Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. He was found at his home in Essex, England on Monday morning. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed of the tragedy. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the local coroner. Flint performed the vocals on the Prodigy’s biggest singles, Firestarter and Breathe, which both went to No 1 in 1996. Firestarter became their biggest U.S. hit and the group are often credited with helping to break dance music into the mainstream in America. Firestarter’s black and white video, featuring a headbanging- gnashing Flint was banned by the BBC after it was screened on Top of the Pops.. Parents were complaining that it frightened children. The self-lacerating lyrics – “I’m the bitch you hated/filth infatuated” – was the first song Flint had written for the band. It sold over 600k in Britain! The song still gets played at America sporting events. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. It twas’ not easy for Flint… as a young age he was diagnosed with dyslexia… which is why he dropped out of school at 15 years old.. Prodigy’s official Instagram account described Flint’s death as the result of suicide and would not go public regarding the details.
The early 90s saw the Prodigy hurdled out of the underground like “DayGlow” goblins, taking bashing breakbeat, jungle and hardcore and mangling them into an abrasive new form of pop music never ventured before. They were originally derided as a novelty act but dedicated clubbers applauded the band’ for their dystopian take on society. The British techno-punks have, over the past three decades, turned rave into a shock-and-awe spectacle, repackaging dance music as an aural weapon, firing off beat-seeking missiles in performances that aren’t so much shows as military campaigns. Sure we all remember the Sex Pistols.. But they were bunch of “panzy poofers” in comparison. Few bands captured the early-1990s zeitgeist as effectively as the Prodigy.