Invaders Must Die (song)


"Invaders Must Die"
Single by the Prodigy
from the album Invaders Must Die
Released26 November 2008 (2008-11-26)
RecordedNew York City
GenreNew rave
Length4:55 (Album Version)
3:25 (Radio Edit)
LabelTake Me to the Hospital
Songwriter(s)Liam Howlett, Nick Halkes
Producer(s)Liam Howlett
The Prodigy singles chronology
"Voodoo People/Out of Space"
"Invaders Must Die"
Music video
"Invaders Must Die" on YouTube

"Invaders Must Die" is the eighteenth single released by the British electronic band the Prodigy. It was released from the band's website as a free digital download on 26 November 2008. It was the first single from the album Invaders Must Die.[1] The download was announced on 24 November, in a newsletter sent to fans, and first aired on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show as his 'Hottest Record in the World' on 26 November.[2] The song was co-produced by Does It Offend You, Yeah?'s James Rushent.[3] Liam Howlett described this to the Dubai edition of Time Out as: "a very abrasive-sounding electronic track, kind of different to anything we've done before."[4] Although not being a commercial single the track charted at 49 in the UK Singles Chart on 1 March 2009,[5] whilst the Chase & Status remix reached 53 in the Australian Aria Singles Chart and 7 in the Aria Dance Chart.[citation needed] On 30 November 2009 the re-amped version by Liam was released as an EP with the B-side Mescaline, and Thunder remixes.[6]

James Rushent co-produced parts of the song on a laptop while on tour with his band, same with Omen. He said he would work on the song early in the morning and e-mail it to Liam Howlett.[citation needed]

Track listing

Digital download

  1. "Invaders Must Die" (Radio Edit) – 3:25

Invaders EP

Single by the Prodigy
from the album Invaders Must Die
Released30 November 2009
Length20:24 ("CD")
7:17 ("7 inch vinyl record")
Songwriter(s)Liam Howlett, Nick Halkes

On 30 November 2009, "Invaders" was released as an EP on CD and Limited edition green transparent 7" vinyl record. The EP is classed as a single to the Invaders Must Die special edition which was the original album released in February 2009 with 3 bonus tracks and a remix CD, a DVD of the music videos to Invaders Must Die and a 48-page booklet. The Invaders Must Die special edition was released 3 November 2009.[citation needed]

CD Single

  1. Invaders Must Die (Liam H Re-amped Version) - 2:56
  2. Mescaline - 4:58
  3. Thunder (Arveene & Misk's Storm-Warning Remix) - 5:27
  4. Invaders Must Die (Proxy remix) - 4:03

Limited Edition Green Transparent 7" Vinyl

  1. Invaders Must Die (Liam H Re-amped Version) - 2:56
  2. Thunder (Doorly Remix) - 4:21


The music video features Noel Clarke walking around the British countryside and encountering or creating the Prodigy's "ant" logo. Among other places, he walks past the acoustic mirrors at Denge and at the end he is standing on one of the Maunsell Forts in the Thames Estuary. For a few seconds, the band can be seen in the video.

Chart performance

Chart performance of "Invaders Must Die"
Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 49

In popular culture

Invaders Must Die has been featured in trailers for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Repo Men. Additionally, a dance routine by Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Tobias Mead was set to this song, and an episode of Doctor Who Confidential uses Invaders Must Die as background music. It also features in the UK version of The Real Hustle. The song is also used in the reveal trailers for two first-person shooter games, Duke Nukem Forever and Crysis 2. Coincidentally, the trailers were both released on the same date. This song was also used in DJ Hero 2, remixed with the Pixies' song Debaser; this mix is available as downloadable content for the game. In Bleach, Yukio's Fullbring is named after the song. It is also featured in the opening scene of 2011 Broadway play "Jerusalem" by Jez Butterworth. A remixed version is featured in the videogame WipEout 2048.[7]


The Prodigy

Additional musicians

  • James Rushent – co-producer


  1. ^ Denney, Alex (25 November 2008). "Prodigy Invaders LP Tracklisting And Free Download". The Quietus. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Wednesday 26th November - Zane Lowe Tracklisting". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ Porter, Tom (26 November 2008). "The Prodigy preview Invaders Must Die". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, James (23 March 2009). "Prodigy: Track-by-track". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The Prodigy: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "collaborators on new album". The Prodigy. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ Seeto, Damian Antony (14 February 2012). "Full Soundtrack Listing For WipEout 2048". Just Push Start. Retrieved 2 October 2020.