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 BBCAmerica.com'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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