Daily Dose: ‘Shut ‘Em Up’ by The Prodigy & Manfred Mann vs Public Enemy

The humble mash up. It has a surprisingly proud musical tradition, and for good reason – the solid legacy of combining multiple tracks together has evolved into combining more popular music with unconventional sounds such as video game soundtracks, leading to a variety of inventive and hilarious mixes easily accessible today (I’d recommend having a poke around Soundcloud if you’re interested, but I may talk more about this at some point. Anyway, when a fan did a mash of The Prodigy’s ‘Stand Up’ (one of the groovier tracks on Invaders Must Die) and Public Enemy’s ‘Shut ‘Em Down’, Liam Howlett, who knows a good thing when he sees it, contacted the fan and asked if it would be okay if he tidied up the rework for inclusion on their next album. Their next album was The Day Is My Enemy, it came out this march, and lo and behold, this track was included on the deluxe version, and is great. The album is pretty good, but not as brilliant as Invaders Must Die, I have to say. On the other hand, if you are not familiar with Public Enemy’s recent output, get familiar with it. They’re just as good now as they were then, if not better. The best bit about all this? The Prodigy toured with Public Enemy in the UK in December, which sounds like a truly sensational night out. It also led to stories like this one, where a fan of the band had to drive Public Enemy to the Sheffield gig in his ford focus. Great story, great track.

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