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The Vinyl Word

By Steve Price  /  STAFF REPORTER

Midweek mayhem at Zhongshan Football Stadium.

PHOTO :TAIPEI TIMES

Electronic music rocked on Tuesday night when The Prodigy stormed through a set at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium (中山足球場) that included Break and Enter, Wake the Fuck Up, Back to School, Firestarter, Voodoo People and Smack my Bitch Up.

A crowd of about 4,000 seemed more than just pleased to hear the British doyens of electronica/rock crossover, but ecstatic to get it on a Tuesday night, even though proceedings ended early (before 10pm) without an encore.

The play list, a trip down memory lane, showed just how far The Prodigy have come, from their rave days and acid house beats to an embrace of punk rock.

The crew spewed out Spitfire from their Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned album which pleased the rockers and shocked the ravers.

The years have been good to The Prodigy: With continued innovation has come fame and fortune, expanding waistlines and receding hair. Gone was the double Mohican that epitomized Keith Flint's punk style. He is fast approaching 37 but still has a beguiling and slightly intimidating on-stage presence.

During the show, Maxim Reality went on a walkabout through the crowd with his microphone.

The sound was impressive and the planes flying overhead at low altitudes on approach to Sungshan Airport added a slightly surreal edge to proceedings, but the after-show party at Mint was a tame affair, more lounge lizard than rock 'n' roll.

This weekend has a veritable feast of vinyl treats and with a national holiday on Tuesday there's no excuse to stay in. Tonight, Kentaro and Sen from Japan are hitting the decks at Room 18.

The Citrus Crew and the LOOP are throwing the third Pimp and Ho Party tomorrow with Diva la Disco from Germany, Saucey and SL. ?

Partygoers dressed as a pimp or ho get free admission. Fun and games include a Ceelander walk-off competition, the winner of which will receive NT$10,000.

After hours fun can be found at Corr. Dominick is away so Megan and JR are taking care of business there this weekend and next. Tomorrow night at Penetration, Marcus Aurelius and Pro will spin some underground hip hop from 4am until 7:30am. Admission is NT$300.

Luxy is turning up the heat on Monday night with the return of LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad who are embarking on a tour of Australasia.

And if that seems a bit steamy then a new venue on the vinyl scene may fit the bill, one for which gloves, scarves and a thick jacket come highly recommended: The Ice Bar, 2, Dingzhou Rd, Sec 3, Taipei (台北市汀洲路三段2號) is host to Hooker, Saucey, Shortee, J-Ro and Marcus Aurelius. The joint is a big ice palace with igloos, ice slides and an ice sculpture of Yoda. There is even a snow machine. The party begins at 8pm and entry to the winter wonderland will set you back NT$400.

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