Song of the Day: Omen by The Prodigy

Omen” is the nineteenth single released by the British electronic band The Prodigy. It was released on 16 February 2009, and it is the first commercial single from the album Invaders Must Die.

Lyrics:

It’s an Omen

Now!

Now!
The writing’s on the wall
It won’t go away
It’s an Omen
It’s an Omen
It’s an Omen

Now!
The writing’s on the wall
It won’t go away
It’s an Omen
You just run on automation

Now! Now!

Now!
The writing’s on the wall
It won’t go away
It’s an Omen
You just run on automation

Now!
The Writing’s on the wall
It won’t go away
It’s an Omen
It’s an Omen
It’s an Omen

Now!
It’s an Omen
Now! Now! Now!

——

The release was announced on 9 January, in a newsletter sent to fans. The single is accompanied by a video that features live footage from the band. It was first played on Radio 1 on 12 January. The single was co-produced by Does It Offend You, Yeah? singer James Rushent and features a remix from the Dutch drum and bass group Noisia. The track was The Prodigy’s tenth top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart. The single has yet to receive a physical release outside Europe. The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. It came in at #68 in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100: the fifth track by The Prodigy to chart in the annual countdown, following “Voodoo People” in 1994, “Breathe” and “Firestarter” in 1996, and “Funky Shit” in 1997. The song itself is featured in the movie Kick-Ass and also on the soundtrack respectively. Also berarussian alt.rock band Weesp has a cover versionon Omen.

Liam Howlett told the NME January 24, 2009: “People haven’t heard Maxim and Keith do anything as melodic before. We want it to be a band record that says, ‘This is who we are,’ instead of it just being a sample record or a DJ record.”

In its second week on the charts, the single moved up the charts to break into the top five, at number four making it their highest charting single sinceBreathe reached number 1 in 1996.

The Welsh rock band Lostprophets have recently been playing a version of the song in their The Betrayed -tour and it has established itself as a crowd-favourite. It was also released as a single by Japanese Metalcore band Crossfaith, and this version was included on the Japanese version of on Punk Goes Pop 3

The Prodigy

Origin Braintree, Essex, England
Genres Big beat, dance-punk, alternative dance,electronica, industrial, hardcore techno,breakbeat hardcore, acid house,oldschool jungle, rave
Years active 1990–present
Labels Take Me to the Hospital, Ragged Flag,Cooking Vinyl, XL, Beggars Banquet,Mute, Maverick, Warner Bros., Elektra,Shock
Website http://www.theprodigy.com
Members Liam Howlett
Keith Flint
Maxim Reality
Past members Leeroy Thornhill

image by *DanielGrzeszkiewicz

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