Steve Kidd Art

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 thoughts on “πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Twisted Firestarter πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  1. Meg

    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. Michael Lovette

    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. stevekiddart Post author

      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. DAf

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

    1. SteveKiddArt Post author

      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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