Remembering Keith Flint’s Dancing In Music Videos By The Prodigy: Firestarter and Breathe

The Prodigy – Firestarter

Keith Flint, lead singer for The Prodigy, took his own life in early March 2019. Despite the aggressive intensity of his performances, he was remembered by many musicians as an incredibly kind and caring person. His loss was painful on many levels.

I’ve always been fascinated by Flint’s dancing which I first saw in the above “Firestarter” video. This was The Prodigy’s first big hit and the original video was apparently quite slick. The band rejected it and the above video, directed by Walter Stern, was produced on a limited budget.

I’ve tried to determine multiple times if there was a choreographer involved because the dancing fits the song and the shoot itself quite well. I finally found out that the original act featured Keith Flint and bandmate Leeroy Thornhill as dancers. “Firestarter” was the lead single on The Prodigy’s third album in which Flint made the transition from dancer to singer. So I believe the choreography is Flint’s work as well.

The Prodigy – Breathe

Breathe” is a more polished product but it also does a nice job of showcasing the band, in particular, the movement and exceptional presence of both Keith Flint and Maxim. Leeroy Thornhill also dances a bit and Walter Stern returned as director. “Breathe” was the second single off the album “The Fat of the Land” after “Firestarter.” Enjoy!

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a BFA and MA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. In addition to staging his own works, Clyde performed with NC's New Performing Dance Company and San Francisco's The High Risk Group. Clyde returned to performing in 2015 with an improvisational project called Working Sessions.

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