Prong is an American band described as groove metal, industrial metal, thrash metal and crossover thrash, and is known for combining elements of thrash metal, groove metal, and industrial. The band were formed in New York City in 1986 and is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor, Prong's sole constant member. To date, they have released 12 studio albums (including an album of song covers), one live album, four EPs, one DVD and one remix album.
Prong had two independent releases, Primitive Origins (1987) and Force Fed (1989), which attracted the attention of Epic Records, who signed the band in 1989. Their first two albums on Epic, Beg to Differ (1990) and Prove You Wrong (1991), were released to critical acclaim and garnered attention on MTV's Headbangers Ball. The band's 1994 album Cleansing was also successful, and included one of their well-known songs "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck". After releasing one more album (Rude Awakening in 1996), Prong disbanded in 1997, but reformed in 2002 and has continued to tour and record since then.
Links to Peel
Peel first heard Prong in the late 80's and mentioned on his 19 October 1987 show that Steve Barker of BBC Radio Manchester has been playing Prong since 'the turn of the century' and has come second to him.
In 1989, the band did a session for Peel's show, but by the time the group signed to Epic, a major record label, JP seemed to have lost interest in them and rarely played any tracks from them after 1990.
Their only session is available on The Peel Sessions (1990, EP, Strange Fruit)
- Defiant / Decay / Senseless Abuse / In My Veins
Other Shows Played
- 14 October 1987: Disbelief (LP - Primitive Origins) Southern
- 19 October 1987: Watching (LP - Primitive Origins) Spigot
- 26 October 1987: 'Cling To Life (LP-Primitive Origins)' (Spigot) (JP: 'I bet they don't wash after meals and wash between their toes.')
- 03 November 1987: Watching (LP - Primitive Origins) Spigot
- 07 November 1987 (Radio Bremen): Cling To Life (album - Primitive Origins) Spigot
- 05 January 1988: Cling To Life (LP - Primitive Origins) Spigot
- 16 May 1988: Freezer Burn (LP - Force Fed) Southern
- 30 May 1988: Forgery (album - Forced Fed) Southern
- 31 May 1988 (Radio Bremen): Freezer Burn (album - Force Fed) Spigot
- 01 June 1988 (Rockradio): Freezerburn (album - Force Fed) Southern
- 08 June 1988: Senseless Abuse (LP - Force Fed) Southern
- 11 January 1989: Mind The Gap (12" - Third From The Sun) Spigot
- 22 August 1990: Defiant (12" - The Peel Sessions) Strange Fruit
- 23 August 1990: In My Veins (Peel Session EP) Strange Fruit
- 10 September 1990: In My Veins (12" - The Peel Sessions) Strange Fruit