πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Twisted Firestarter πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

πŸ”₯ He’s THE Firestarter, Twisted Firestarter πŸ”₯

RIP Keith Flint who died yesterday (17 September 1969 – 4 March 2019)

He was a trouble starter, punkin’ instigator, firestarter and punk-rock singer for one of my favourite bands The Prodigy.

Something less commonly known was that he also ran a motorbike race team, Team Traction Control which won three Isle of Man TT races.

Not the sort your mum would usually approve of. But actually my mum did – she particularly liked the Firestarter video filmed in an abandoned London underground train station.

Obviously as this only happened yesterday this is a very quick sketch portrait but it came out OK for what it is. I was listening to Prodigy at the time so it has some violent lines in there I guess.

I drew it on brown paper with ContΓ© a Paris white and black pencils and then after taking the photo I changed it to monochrome so that it automatically picked up the half-tones. Pre-mono version shown below.

The Prodigy had the dubious honour of having their song Smack My Bitch Up voted as the most controversial of all-time in 2010.

The video for it depicts a night out in London, filmed from a first-person perspective, graphically portraying drinking and driving, snorting cocaine, violence, vomiting, vandalism, nudity and sex. Honestly, I don’t know how it got nominated at all but hey, it was the ‘old days’ πŸ˜‰

All I know is that I just love the sound of pretty much everything of what The Prodigy produced.

In fact, that particular song was a primary reason for my younger self buying a powerful subwoofer which took up most of the boot of my car. It has a fairly quiet lead-in and then at the 50 second mark (with it cranked up to 11) all hell let loose and blow the windows out. A friend of mine physically fell over and smashed his glass when I first demonstrated it.

6 Comments

  1. Oh wow, this is news to me. The likeness is wonderful, I recognized him right away. Sorry to hear of his passing. They were cutting edge back in the day. I remember their first β€˜popular’ video – frightening! (In a good way!)

  2. For some reason, I never pictured you as the punk rock type. No judgment, of course, I tend to fall into the harder musical genres as well. I too, remember the days of ground shaking, heart jarring subwoofers.
    Great sketch!

    1. Ha! Yeah, I’m not really the punk rock type. I like most genres other than jazz.
      Keith’s appearance in The Prodigy was more along the lines of an anarchistic punk invasion into a techno-rave type scene.
      Like Run DMC and Aerosmith – it works, and works well 😎

  3. Skidd – this is one the best I have seen, and Jeepers that homepage has loads of drawings, you have quite a portfolio.

    1. Thanks Daf, hope you’re keeping well. This the best one? And yet this is one of my quickest ones!

      Today is the day that I’m transferring my website over to a different provider so this site is a bit broken at the moment. Do you know any techies ?

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