The second single from The Prodigy’s Music For The Jilted Generation, No Good (Start The Dance), was released 24 years ago this week (16 May 1994 to be exact), and while most of the praise was rightly heaped on the A-side, the flip features a slice of acid gold from Belgian producer CJ Bolland.
Coming a few months on from the single release of the Carmargue Remixes, Bolland was a producer in demand at the time, and the level to which he reworked The Prodigy’s track is evident right from the off, as the Kelly Charles vocal undergoes a robotic reworking, on top of a pulsing techno shuffle.
The highlight comes at around the 1:45 mark, when rave stabs permeate the gurgling acid bassline – no wonder Bolland dubbed this the ‘Museum mix’, such is its lasting allure.
A few months later, Bolland was back at R&S Records to produce Electronic Highway, an album that marked a departure into electro and drum and bass territory.
And as for The Prodigy? The rest, as they say, is history.
[Kudos to Old Skool Wax for the YouTube upload]