Breathe (1996) – The Prodigy

The Prodigy live at Knebworth 1996

Back when this song was released I was posted to the biggest shit-hole job one could ever hope for at Canberra’s Defence Department. I wrote a chapter about that experience, but prefer not to relay it here because I might have to read it again. When I escaped for Lunch I would listen to this song blaring in my car. It was a good destresser. I had a friend called Kevin who I flatted-with and we would venture out to electronic music clubs and ‘go-to-town’ as you might describe it. After that 2 year escapade I haven’t listened to much electronic music, but I have fond memories of this track Breathe because it represented the few joys in that period in my life and allowed me to ‘Breathe’ away my disdain for work.

Breathe isn’t really an electronic number, although there is an element of that genre to it; it seems to me more ingrained in the anarchist punk-rock 80’s English sound. Apart from the Smiths which has some stake in all that, I am largely unfamiliar and actually nonplussed by that music. I suppose it all depends on time and place and what tractor-beams you towards it given personal circumstances and the social / political environment you find yourself. Anyhow, onto the song…

Breathe was the second single released from The Prodigy’s third album ‘Fat of the Land‘. It became the group’s second consecutive number-one in the United Kingdom and also topped the charts in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. I agree with Larry Flick’s (from Billboards) assessment of the song:  “with its jittery, faux funk beat, caustic synths, and snarling vocals” gets stronger with repeated spins‘.

I’ve lost count how many times I have heard this song, but I never grow tired of it. My kids love hearing it.. God bless them.. so it’s still relevant today at least in this small corner of Colombia.

Breathe the pressure
Come play my game, I’ll test ya
Psychosomatic, addict, insane
Breathe the pressure
Come play my game, I’ll test ya
Psychosomatic, addict, insane

1. Breathe (The Prodigy Song) – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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