MUSIC: WHO YOU CALLING TECHNO?

THE BRITISH BAND THE PRODIGY WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAD AN ELECTRONIC MUSIC REVOLUTION. IT HAS OTHER PLANS

When the British band the Prodigy played Irving Plaza in New York City this month, something extraordinary happened. Yes, the performance had punk-rock vigor; Keith Flint, the singer-dancer with the shock-rock hairdo, made Halloween faces at the crowd, emcee Maxim did some barechested stage strutting, and band mastermind Liam Howlett coolly orchestrated the show from behind his banks of keyboards. But from the first note, the sweaty, expectant crowd, which had seen the band pushed on MTV for months, began to dance. There's no dancing at alternative-rock shows--people merely mosh, which is as close to dancing as car crashes are to...

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