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Several Big Shot readers have reached out to us about The Prodigy‘s appearance on the cover of the current issue (see the Letters section in the next issue). A few others have weighed in online about the video clip from the rambunctious photo shoot conducted by legendary photographer Mick Rock. Here’s another clip of Mick shooting the venerable UK group.
Electric Zoo is promising to be the biggest two-day dance music party of the summer. Set to take place Sept. 5th-6th in Randall’s Island Park, New York City, the two-day festival features a line-up packed with amazing DJs and electronic acts, including Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt, Francois K, Cassy, Hot Chip’s Felix Martin and Al Doyle, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas.
Big Shot is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. To win tell us who is on the cover of the current issue by July 24, 2009. No purchase necessary. Winner must be of legal drinking age and be able to transport themselves to and from the event. Offer courtesy of Made Events. Void where prohibited by law and all that legal mumbo jumbo.
New York’s Phenomenal Handclap Band is an amazing New York City-based eight-piece band whose sound is a disparate blend of funky disco and uptempo soul music. PHB just released their self-titled debut album, and buzzwaves are being felt as far as England (where they will perform in July) and Spain. Big Shot caught up with PHB’s Daniel and Sean and got the scoop on their booty shaking live show and upcoming dates in Europe.
Datarock‘s “Give It Up” has been rocking clubs since March, and fans have been chomping at the bit in anticipation of new material from the outfit. Thankfully the Norwegian band’s brand spankin’ new album, Red, will be released in September, and Big Shot just photographed these bad boys for the cover of Issue 28 when they were recently in Los Angeles.
“These guys are hilarious …. super sweet and funny,” says BS photographer extraordinaire Beatrice Neumann, who shot the group. “Great bathroom humor. Fredrick emphasized promotion of nudity, and they are proud of their hairy chests (lol) and promotion of nudity. I saw their show two days prior to the shoot here in LA (sold-out). Stage diving, getting topless etc, etc.”
“The underwear shot was the most fun,” adds Beatrice. “First they did not all seem too thrilled about it, but when I put on Frank Sinatra , they all sang along and forgot that they were in tight red underwear.”
Rave’s bad boys are back and better than ever. In Issue 27 The Prodigy talk about the trials and tribulations that led to them to go their separate ways, eventually reuniting and releasing their best album to date, Invaders Must Die. What were the band’s troubles all about? “Basically, Keith and I had our differences before Always Outnumbered, and we sorted through those problems,” Howlett says in the cover story, which was photographed by legendary rock photographer Mick Rock, and is perhaps the group’s most candid interview to date.
“We continued to play live and kind of salvaged the last album, and then went back on the road,” Howlett continues. “That led into our singles album [Their Law: The Singles], and we did a big tour off the back of that. At no point did we think that we were splitting up; we always knew we’d do another record, but we didn’t see how we could at that stage. We were really proud of the singles album—I didn’t want to do it to begin with—but holding the end product in our hands was a great thing. We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be this proud of a new record that we were all involved in?’”
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In the meantime, here’s a video of the Prodigy cover shoot.