Voodoo People

UK chart position: 13
August 1994, 12” XL-recordings XLT-54
August 1994, XL-Recordings XLS-54 CD
Mute versions
Other versions


"Voodoo People" is The Prodigy's eighth single released 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 special EP in the United States through Mute Records. The main guitar riff in the song is based on a sample of the Nirvana song "Very Ape" from their third studio album In Utero.

'Dust Brothers' mentioned as remixers on the UK release of the Voodoo People single are nowadays known as the Chemical Brothers. When Tom and Ed of the Chems started working together they took the name to honor their idols, the legendary US hip-hop producers 'The Dust Brothers'.

However when they began to make it big they got a note from the US 'Dust Brothers' saying that they would take legal action if they did not change their name so since then they are known as 'The Chemical Brothers'.

Their remix is slightly changed on the US Mute release of the single, since one sample wasn't legally cleared it's scrambled. 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 and Shayning. The track has also been a part of many soundtracks, such as Hackers, Doberman, etc.

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