THE Prodigy almost split up in the seven years it took to record this year's (04) ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, NEVER OUTGUNNED album, because the band was fed-up with the "repetitive" nature of touring.

The Prodigy toured extensively following 1997's THE FAT OF THE LAND disc and considered calling it a day until their new material convinced them the worth of carrying on.

Singer KEITH FLINT, who ironically didn't play on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, says, "There were definitely times where we were really ground down. It was f**king hard work at times. It felt repetitive.

"But we're hungry now, we're like greyhounds waiting for the gun and we're really champing at the bit. That's good for us, it gives us real energy and something to thrive on."

24/11/2004 17:29