Voodoo People

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"Voodoo People"
Single by The Prodigy
from the album Music For the Jilted Generation
Released 12 September 1994
Format 12 inch vinyl record
CD single
Recorded Essex, England
Genre
Length 4:05 (Pendulum Remix)
6:27 (album version)
Label XL Recordings
Writer(s) Liam Howlett
Producer(s) Liam Howlett
The Prodigy singles chronology
"No Good (Start the Dance)"
(1994)
"Voodoo People"
(1994)
"Poison"
(1995)

"Voodoo People" is a song by The Prodigy, released as their eighth single on 12 September 1994. It was the third single from the album Music For the Jilted Generation and was released as a 12" single and its own EP in the United States through Mute Records.

The spoken parts ("... the voodoo who do what you don't dare do people...") are taken from "The Shalimar," written and performed by Gylan Kain, one of The Last Poets.

The main riff in the song is based on a sample of the Nirvana song "Very Ape" from their third studio album In Utero.

Videos[edit]

The original video was directed by Walter Stern and Russell Curtis. It was filmed on location in Saint Lucia and it showed Leeroy Thornhill as a voodoo priest. This version included scenes featuring real witch Doctors, but these were cut because of problems with television censorship. A number of other more graphic versions of the video are available, one of them appearing in the Prodigy's Electronic Punks documentary.[citation needed]

Remixes and covers[edit]

The British release included a remix by The Chemical Brothers who at that time called themselves "The Dust Brothers" in honour of an American producer duo of the same name. When "Voodoo People" was to be released in the USA, and due to the British Dust Brothers' rising popularity, the American Dust Brothers threatened a lawsuit if they didn't change their name. The British duo changed their name to "The Chemical Brothers", and the remix on the American Mute release was renamed in accordance. A small sample in the remix was also reversed on the American release due to copyright issues.

The song has been covered by Refused and British funk band 6ix Toys as well remixed by Pendulum (see Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)) and other known and less known artists such as Eskimo, Alvaro and Shayning. The track has also been a part of many soundtracks, such as Hackers, Dobermann, and others.

Track listing[edit]

XL Recordings[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Voodoo People" (Edit) – 4:05
  2. "Voodoo People" (Chemical Brothers Remix) – 5:56
  3. "Goa" (The Heat the Energy Part 2) – 6:04
  4. "Voodoo People" (Original Mix) – 6:28

Mute[edit]

12" vinyl record[edit]

  1. "Voodoo People" (Chemical Brothers Remix) – 5:56
  2. "Voodoo People" (Original Mix) – 6:28
  3. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland Museum Remix) – 5:14
  4. "Speedway [Theme from Fastlane]" (Secret Knowledge Remix) – 10:26

EP version 1995[edit]

  1. "Voodoo People" (Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Voodoo People" (Chemical Brothers Remix) – 5:56
  3. "No Good (Start The Dance)" [CJ Bolland Museum Remix] – 5:13
  4. "Rat Poison – 5:31
  5. "Speedway [Theme from Fastlane]" (Secret Knowledge Remix) – 10:25
  6. "Voodoo People" [Haiti Island Remix] – 5:23
  7. "Voodoo People" [Original Mix] – 6:26

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