No Good (Start the Dance)

"No Good (Start the Dance)" is a song by English electronic music group the Prodigy. The song was written and produced by group member Liam Howlett. It was released in May 1994 as the second single from their second studio album, Music for the Jilted Generation. The song is built around a repeated vocal sample from "You're No Good for Me" by Kelly Charles (1987). Howlett initially had doubts whether to use the sample because he thought it was too pop for his taste. The song also contains samples from "Funky Nassau" by Bahamian funk group the Beginning of the End.

"No Good (Start the Dance)"
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Single by the Prodigy
from the album Music for the Jilted Generation
Released16 May 1994
Format
RecordedEssex, England
GenreTechno
Length
  • 6:17 (Album version)
  • 4:01 (edit)
LabelXL
Songwriter(s)Liam Howlett
Producer(s)Liam Howlett
The Prodigy singles chronology
"One Love"
(1993)
"No Good (Start the Dance)"
(1994)
"Voodoo People"
(1994)

In 2012, NME listed the song in the "100 Best Songs of the 1990s" at number 33.[1]

Music videoEdit

Liam Howlett said to Dazed magazine "'No Good... was a response to all that shit Eurodance stuff", and said that the band had started to make better videos. [2]

The song's music video, directed by Walter Stern combines the humorous flavour of that for the band's previous video for "Out of Space" with the menace of "Firestarter" and "Breathe" videos to come. Filmed in a disused, underground cellar below Spitalfields market in the East End of London, the video features characters dancing to the song, including a very manic Liam Howlett, whilst other band members prowl around moodily. After Howlett breaks down a plaster wall with a sledgehammer, group member Keith Flint is seen in a straitjacket, eventually being locked into a Plexiglas box-prison.

The single was certified Gold in Germany for 250,000 sold copies.

The music video became the last music video to be played on the music channel NME TV directly before its closure at 6:00am on 5 January 2012.

Remixes and samplesEdit

Belgian producer CJ Bolland remixed this track on the original release in 1994. A drum and bass remix of the song was made by British producer DJ SS.

Since the Prodigy's use of the samples, several other artists, including Ally Brooke, Oxide & Neutrino, Plan B, Ultrabeat and Kollegah have sampled "You're No Good for Me" by Kelly Charles.

Track listingEdit

XL recordingsEdit

12" vinyl recordEdit

  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Original Mix) – 6:22
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Bad for You Mix) – 6:52 (remixed by Liam Howlett)
  3. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland Museum Mix) – 5:14

CD singleEdit

  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Edit) – 4:01
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Bad for You Mix) – 6:52 (remixed by Liam Howlett)
  3. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland Museum Mix) – 5:14
  4. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Original Mix) – 6:22

Sony/DancepoolEdit

  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Edit) – 4:01
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland's Mix) – 5:14
  3. "One Love" (Jonny L Remix) – 5:10
  4. "Jericho" (Genaside II Remix) – 5:45
  5. "G-Force" (Energy Flow) – 5:18

ChartsEdit

Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard versionEdit

"No Good"
 
Single by Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard
Released23 September 2013
Length3:00
LabelSpinnin' Records
Songwriter(s)Liam Howlett
Fedde Le Grand singles chronology
"Long Way From Home"
(2013)
"No Good"
(2013)
Sultan & Ned Shepard singles chronology
"Long Way From Home"
(2013)
"No Good"
(2013)
Music video
"No Good" on YouTube

In 2013, Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde le Grand and Canadian electronic music duo Sultan & Ned Shepard released a remake of the hit on Spinnin' Records.

The single charted in SNEP, the official French Singles Chart as well as in the "bubbling under" Ultratip in the Belgian (Wallonia) French market Singles Chart.

Track list

  1. "No Good" (club edit) (3:00)
  2. "No Good" (extended mix) (5:17)

Chart performance

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[25] 72
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[26] 7
France (SNEP)[27] 60

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ THe Prodigy select 10 inspirational Jilted jams - Dazed magazine 4 July 2014
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  6. ^ Danish Singles Chart 9 September 1994
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  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Prodigy – No Good (Start the Dance)". VG-lista.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Prodigy – No Good (Start the Dance)". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  19. ^ "jaaroverzichten 1994" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  20. ^ "1994 Year-End Sales Charts: Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
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  22. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1994" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
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  24. ^ "SCHWEIZER JAHRESHITPARADE 1994". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fedde Le Grand And Sultan + Ned Shepard – No Good" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fedde Le Grand And Sultan + Ned Shepard – No Good" (in French). Ultratip.
  27. ^ "Lescharts.com – Fedde Le Grand And Sultan + Ned Shepard – No Good" (in French). Les classement single.