Anglo For Your Ear: The Prodigy’s “Charly”

Long before they smacked their b***h up and made “psychosomatic addict insane” a catchphrase, The Prodigy were a straight-up, unapologetically druggy rave band. Their first major hit, 1991′s “Charly” (hehe), included a sample from a British education film for children. The band pulled a child’s voiceover from the film; the line “Charly says, ‘Always tell your mommy before you go off somewhere’” is repeated throughout the song. The band was sued for using the sample without permission; however, the lawsuit proved unsuccessful.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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