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Out of the as he s; RED-HOT KEITH AND CO.SET CARLING ACADEMY ALIGHT CARLING ACADEMY, GLASGOW, DECEMBER 8TH PRODIGY.

Byline: CATH BENNETT

SEVEN years after releasing The Fat Of The Land, The Prodigy are determined to prove dance music is far from dead.

The theatrical hell-raisers went all out to raise the roof with their aggressive brand of electronic dance.

Subtle? Of course it wasn't, but the unwavering energy of both the music and vocalist Keith Flint was infectious. Old favourites like Breathe meant nostalgia time for the predominantly mid-20s crowd, while newer tracks like Wake Up Call and Hotride had them begging for more.

After an explosive first 40 minutes, the second half of the set seemed slightly weaker, but this was rectified by the encore.

Poison drove the already hyped-up faithful to lunacy while Smack My B**ch Up defined the gig in its entirety.

As ever, Keith's unique style of dancing/twitching/squaring up to the crowd stole the show, backed up by vocals and Liam's beats. The latter, the brains behind the band, remained mostly invisible behind his keyboards. The gig included new track Dead Ken Beats, which Liam apparently wrote in the afternoon before their Amsterdam gig.

The band had little to say to the crowd but the fans still felt they had been part of something special.

Mention has to be made of Keith's outfit. He strode on stage wearing a black jacket with a jaguar's head printed on it in white, plus a black top hat with a long feather in it and carrying a black cane with a crystal top. You could tell the band were loving what they were doing, which made for a top performance.
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Date:Dec 10, 2004
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