🔥 He’s THE Firestarter, Twisted Firestarter 🔥
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 Conté 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’ 😉
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.