baby's got a temper

On 1st July 2002 Prodigy will release their new single Babys got a Temper. Here some info, reviews, the lyrics and some fan opinions about it.

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For quotes by Liam and Keith about what the song is about, check the NME article.

  the artwork

(many thanks to 'Antz' for the scans)

credits for the track:
Written by Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, Kieron Pepper, Tony Howlett
Produced by Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, Ollie J.
Additional Guitar by Lalo
Firestarter funk guitar by Jim Davies

Art Direction Jimmy Turrell, Liam Howlett
Design & Photography Jimmy Turrell, Richard Turley (as mentioned in last month's 'seven' mag)

  the new Prodigy single

The new Prodigy single 'Baby's got a Temper' is to be released on 1st July 2002 by XL Recordings. It can already be pre-ordered in the following formats:

CD-Single (cat.no. XLS145CD)
1 Baby’s got a Temper (main mix)
2 Baby’s got a Temper (dub mix)
3 Baby’s got a Temper (instrumental)

DVD (cat.no. XLS145DVD)
1.Baby's got a Temper video
2."A day at work"

12" (cat. no. XLT 145DJ)
A1 Baby’s got a Temper (main mix)
A2 Baby’s got a Temper (dub mix)
B1 Baby’s got a Temper (instrumental)
B2 Baby’s got a Temper (acapella)

12" (cat.no. XLT145)
A1 Baby’s got a Temper (main mix)
A2 Baby’s got a Temper (dub mix)
B1 Baby’s got a Temper (instrumental)

  the song

The Prodigy said they wouldn't come back until they had 'a fucking bomb to drop', and Baby's got a Temper is the bomb they are dropping now. After I have heard and experienced the track live several times in the past months, finally there's a finished studio version of Babys got a Temper around. I really have been waiting for a long time for that moment where I'd finally hear some new Prodigy studio material and that's what we got:

Starting off with a music-box sample, with beats building up in typical Liam Howlett style with Keith's voice soon cutting in, followed by the Firestarter riff, the track now seems much harder than it did at the live shows. It sounds nasty, it sounds fucked up, and it definitely has the energy - and that is what Prodigy are about. Keith Flint sounds wicked on the track, with vocals as punky as never before with great effects added. After the 2nd chorus then an instrumental part with some fucked-up guitar building up and distorted voices, before the track is then slowly building down again. On the radio version I heard, there is unfortunately a very poor censoring over the word 'Rohypnol', ruining that part of the track to a certain extent, which is also already an advance sign about the controversy that this track will stir up.

As already mentioned in the USA reviews, the beats slightly do remind of Diesel Power and all in all the track might not be the most interesting one for Prodigy in terms of beats, but Liam Howlett proves exactly what he has said in recent interviews, that he is going more and more towards working with 'real' instruments and that Prodigy are not a 'dance' band anymore, cause this is definitely the most guitar based track by Prodigy ever.

also check out the fan opinions [here]

check out reviews by the press [here]

  the lyrics

well, i wasn't that far away with the original lyrics, but here now the 'official' ones as printed on the promo. Thanks to 'BlueGecko'!

you see me coming from a mile off,
once again ignite the skyline,

she's gonna be pretty on money,
just like your royal family,

this time there could be no funeral,
oh baby, can you feel me?

we love rohypnol,
she got rohypnol,
we take rohypnol,
just forget it all.

This baby got a temper,
This baby got a temper,
This baby got a temper,
you’ll never tame her.

you can see me going out on paralell,
well about time you're not worthy.

last time I'll be your prisoner,
no name no number.

shoots you through the trapdoor,
nothing dont matter anymore.
oh baby, can you feel me?

  the different versions

Babys got a temper - live version 1: this track was debuted in Auckland 18th January 2002 at the Big Day Out festival. Downtempo version of the track already with Keith on vocals, kind of a new direction for Prodigy to be going. Track also has a sample of Firestarter (the main riff) appearing in the middle of the track and is performed with live guitar.

Babys got a temper - live version 2: Performed live at the two US shows at the end of April 2002, this is a harder version of the track, a bit faster and with many more samples. This live version seems to be based on the final studio edit that's going to be released as a single.

Babys got a temper - studio edit: Played first by the Finnish radio station Radio Mafia since 9th May 2002, this is the version that is probably going to be released as a single 1st July 2002.

  what is Rohypnol?

Rohypnol is a brand name for a drug manufactured by Roche. The name of the substance is Flunitrazepam. It is similar to Valium, but 10x more powerful, and therefore often abused as 'date rape drug'.

Flunitrazepam causes partial amnesia; individuals are unable to remember certain events that they experienced while under the influence of the drug. This effect is particularly dangerous when flunitrazepam is used to aid in the commission of sexual assault; victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, the assailant, or the events surrounding the assault.

While flunitrazepam has become widely known for its use as a date-rape drug, it is abused more frequently for other reasons. It is abused by high school students, college students, street gang members, rave party attendees, and heroin and cocaine abusers to produce profound intoxication, boost the high of heroin, and modulate the effects of cocaine. Flunitrazepam is usually consumed orally, is often combined with alcohol, and is abused by crushing tablets and snorting the powder.
source: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/rohypnol.htm

  the video

more info, screenshots and download are now available [HERE]

  fan opinions

The fan opinions about the track can now be found [here]

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