The Fat of the Land is the third studio album by English electronic music group the Prodigy, released on 30 June 1997 through XL Recordings. The album received critical acclaim and topped the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide as of 2019.Wikipedia
because of the album cover all i could think of was crab rave.
This album held up well. I actually gave it 2 listens. I remember being more drawn to the aggro tracks like Firestarter as a younger man, but I enjoyed the others more this time around. Also got way more of the sample references and the strong Kool Keith influence this time. Probably still more partial to Jilted Generation (2nd album) but damn Breathe is a killer track.
Seminal big beat album that would influence electronic music for years to come. Tracks are among the most impressive pieces of electronic music I've ever heard, succeeding in making such a hard abrasive sound work so well. The three top hits are masterpieces. "Narayan" and "Climbatize" are just as impressive in demonstrating Liam's immense talent. The other songs are all great, with plenty of variation to keep anyone engaged in any song. The tracks are spread out in a way to keep the flow going uninterrupted. There are no out-of-place or drawn-out tracks. There's no way I could give this album anything less than a perfect score.
OH MY GOD THAT’S THE FUNKY SHIT
Little-known fact: the biggest single event in history to contribute to climate change was the Great Co2 Emission of 1997, in which every angsty, rebellious teenage girl in the world burned her Nine inch Nails and Type O Negative posters to make room for Prodigy ones. haha fuck, can you imagine being the parent of a shitty teenage kid and seeing this come on TV on a saturday morning? Imagine that sinking feeling in your stomach as you listened to this scungy UK techno dog shit and watched Keith Flint jump around like the degenerate he was, just knowing that your horrid adolescent turd is going to latch straight onto this and start looking like it by the end of the week. And you're helpless to stop it, you can only watch and silently scream. Wouldn't you just want to kill yourself there and then? 3/5 though, cause I was one of those shithead teenagers who thought the Prodigy was pretty rad haha. The album goes for too long, all scungy UK rave techno does, but the singles are still bangers.
Psycho-somatic addict-insanely good!
Awesome album. Loved the way the tracks flow into each other.
Energizing music to rave to
Hit after hit, sound of the 90s
I was obsessed with this album for about two weeks in 1999.
Raveros y rompedor, es uno de los discos de mi pandilla, forma parte de nuestra historia. Y además es muy bueno.
Banging basslines which are hard to resist doing firestarter-esque head bangs throughout.
One of the best The prodigy albums. Music is driven, fast and enjoyable.
Got a long drive to do through the night? This will keep you going. From the halcyon days of acid house and all night parties in unknown locations. This will take you back there.
This album was pretty great. Ultimate example of the rave sound of the 90s. Not really my thing musically so I didn't want to give this 5 stars but I have to. It's as good as anything I've heard so far.
They blended electronic with rock not the first to do it but the first to do it well. Every song here is a banger. Every song something new and exciting sounds as awesome as it did at the time and blows a lot of contemporary music up.
Singles like Firestarter and Breathe evoke really pleasant memories of 1997 and being a teenager etc etc. But beyond the nostalgia, this is a really good album. Techno and electronics are not a genre I would normally listen to, but messrs Howlett, Flint and Maxim recorded some timeless music. Catchy tunes, great vocals superb production and arrangements plenty of gusto. Love it. Also, hadn't played this in ages, so was nice to hear it again!
I bought this on the day of release and loved it immediately. This album easily makes its way into my personal all time top ten, and is unlike any of the other nine. I still get chills listening to this today, it puts me into something of a daze like I'm hypnotised. There are very few albums that can take me out of my mind and make me lost amid the sounds. This does it effortlessly, no matter how many thousands of times I've listened.
Wow, so all those came from this album? It is a headbanger. This took me way back.
I had this CD... In the late 90's early 2000's that meant a lot...
Was already a fan of the first track and the rest of the album held up pretty well
Started good, but I am definitely not into Narayan, which is nine minutes long and in the middle.
Two lead man suicide bands in a row... I checked out some Prodigy when Keith Flint killed himself a few years ago and I liked it. Dangerous, edgy 90s shit. Industrial, dirty, but still some polish to it. It may sound like you're in a club in the Matrix but it's cool.
This is definitely phat. This is such a brilliant album - big, aggressive, moody. It’s a great techno album that throws in influences from metal, hip hop, jungle and makes a massive sound. Back in the day, you could drop Firestarter or Breathe into the set of any club night - indie, house, rock, whatever - and the place would go nuts. RIP Keith.
In contrast to other 90s dance albums we've had, this is very listenable probably because it follows traditional rock formats pretty closely. Not a million miles from a clattery, electro heavy metal at times. There's a huge dose of nostalgia at play here, but Breathe, Firestarter, Smack My Bitch Up and, especially, Diesel Power (adding another Kool Keith appearance to recent listening on this app) absolutely rule.
Nostalgia maybe? There are some really good tracks in there.
great. i forgot how much energy it contains.
An immense album of beats and aggressive electronica. "Breathe" is the nearest "dance" has got to the Sex Pistols...brilliant stuff. Play it loud, ignore the neighbours, destroy a room.
Still ridiculously exciting, energetic and fun. Nobody is condoning beating up women - it’s a song title. Great mid 90s electronic music and mixed with rock instruments for the indie/alternative rock crowd - real electro-punk. They were a truly awesome live act. A brilliant experience and memory of seeing them at Park Des Princes in Paris in 1997.
6/10. it got really samey but the production was nice. sounds exactly like it'd be on a Fast & Furious action sequence, which made it kinda funny to listen to while driving around in traffic in Jack's '01 Camry
Même si j'ai étrangement plutôt apprecié la musicalité offerte par cet album, j'ai en revanche était bien moins conquis par le choix artistique de The Prodigy. Pourquoi avoir choisir un aquarium comme lieu de deroulement de cet album? Et pour cause: on se retrouve très rapidement trempé en lançant l'album, la faute à une immersion des plus totales dès les première secondes. Il devient très vite impossible de respirer. De plus, de multiples animaux marins viennent déranger notre concentration pendant l'écoute, ce qui au bout du 5ème crabe me chatouillant les pieds, a commencé à me taper sur les nerfs. Pour toutes ces raisons, l'album de recoltera qu'un 3/5.
Packed with interesting synths and samples. Relentless, banging, and kind of wearing after a while. EVERYONE IS SHOUTING and ALL THE SOUNDS WANT TO BE IN THE FOREGROUND and HERE'S ANOTHER ANGRY MAN SHOUTING WITH A FIZZING SYNTHESIZER
The Fat Of The Land est l'histoire d'une romance impossible entre un crabe hypermétrope et un bulot transgenre homosexuel. Cette tragédie sur fond marin nous plonge dans un merveilleux univers aquatique où trahisons et mensonges rythment une histoire d'amour gâchée par de vieilles rivalités familiales. La scène finale dans laquelle le bulot transgenre homosexuel se laisse couler bouche béante vers les abysses sous le regard impuissant du crabe semi-bigleux est à classer parmi les plus émouvantes du genre.
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy (1997) Presented with a British electronic punk album having an opening track entitled “Smack My Bitch Up” and with ‘lyrics’ that simply repeat the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” eight times (and “Change My Pitch Up” only six times), what’s a stunned but serious listener to do? The phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” is clearly the central, attention-grabbing focus of the song. Well, in the first place, I had to turn it down so my wife couldn’t hear it. Even with headphones, the ladies would be able to tell that “Smack My Bitch Up” was being played (again and again, apparently, since this album hit #1 in the weekly charts in the US, UK, and, well, pretty much throughout the world). In 1997, a lot of women were aware that their men were listening to “Smack My Bitch Up”. If I were playing “Smack My Bitch Up” loud in the car in my driveway, my wife, daughter, and son could have heard what I was playing from inside the house. If I had been playing “Smack My Bitch Up” while pulling in to a gas station, everyone, male and female, would know. I’m sure this happened millions of times, as this album was so popular. Now, writing as one who has never “Smack[ed] My Bitch Up”, I should perhaps merely confess that I can’t relate and move on. But that wouldn’t be fair to the art. “Smack My Bitch Up” does have a pretty cool groove. And the wailing, non-verbal Asian female vocal in the last half of “Smack My Bitch Up” by Shahin Badar is very nice, but it makes me wonder if she was aware of the ‘lyrics’ when she laid down her non-verbal contribution to “Smack My Bitch Up” (or whether she was even given a choice by the artists who were laying down “Smack My Bitch Up”—she might have been somewhat intimidated). Now to be fair, in response to the obvious outcry over “Smack My Bitch Up” (by the National Organization for Women and many others), I read on Wikipedia that the men comprising this band persistently interpreted the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” as “doing anything intensely”. Think about that. It seems disingenuous, if not outright deceptive. No, let’s call a spade a spade: That’s bullshit. I mean, “Smack My Bitch Up” should pretty well be interpreted as “Smack My Bitch Up”, right? On the other hand, I might have been tempted defend “Smack My Bitch Up” by claiming ‘at least it doesn’t say “Smack My Bitch Down”’. There’s a huge irony in the fact that the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” is not even performed by the band members. It is sampled from “Give the Drummer Some” by Ultramagnetic MCs (1988), where it goes: “Smack My Bitch Up, like a pimp”. I suppose The Prodigy understood that the pimping in question was being done “intensely”, as in “Smack My Bitch Up? You must be doing some pretty intense pimping there, dude”. This is an intensity that eludes me, and I join with the National Organization for Women in challenging the toxic masculinity that is evident in this work. But we should not be surprised that notoriety is lucrative if it is adroitly monetized. I understand there are other tracks on this album, but we’re out of time. 1/5
This is the album that I think of when someone mentions "industrial-electronica". One of the best and deserving to be on the list.
Mega geil. Dr Holger im 308
This is good but influenced a lot of bad imitations
I know exactly where was when I listened to this. Loved it.
Banger from summer school.
Own it. Good stuff.
Classic tunes from beginning to end
Lo siento por desentonar pero qué maravilla de disco. En unos tres o cuatro siglos cuando se hable de música clásica se pondrá este discacho y la gente lo disfrutará en sus mecedoras galácticas.
Troublesome track aside this was an album that soundtracked my younger wilder years and I love it
Mamalon el disco! De lo mejor qué hay en el mundo mundial!
Seminal album from my Teenage years just disappointed to hear how much of the drumming was since. Should go look up if there any drum parts to these songs.
This was the first album to make me realise dance music is great, as a nu-metal loving kid. Every track on this is still great. Best played loud in the car.
I know this album from inside to out. It was a move towards the more hard edged sound that howlett wanted from the beginning. Getting away from the rave scene singalongs to using experimental cuts and beats. This album represents true creative freedom when not tied to shifting units.
Amazing from start to finish.
Great album, never gets old
The prodigy at their peak, a great album
While we nauseously headed towards the new millennia, The Prodigy settled the edge where the anxiety of what's next was conjoined with excitement and frustration and turned it into dance music.
Partially just a nostalgic thing
Quintessential late 90s electro-rock dance music!
1997 - Genre: Big Beat (Big beat is an electronic music genre that usually uses heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns – common to acid house/techno.)
Outstanding. Great throwback to 20something years ago :)
The music and the album cover both go hard. Music gets better the louder it is
One of them had his team win Isle if Man TT twice. Even Bob Dylan would get 5 stars if he had done that (but he didn't, he's just a fag). Anyways, Prodigy is cool
The Fat of The Land is a super high octane outing from Prodigy, in which you'd really expect no less. With the controversy of 'Smack my Bitch Up', it only saw to drive the popularity of the record itself and cement Prodigy as psych-electro gods. I know 'Breathe' is more about the pull that drugs can have, but it has been a part of my workout soundtrack for the better part of at least the last 20 years (which blows my mind!), and it always gets me to push further. Best: Breathe Worst: Narayan
This album is great from start to finish. Such a listen
Controversial and infectious. Very 90's and hypnotic. This was around long before the Wokes were weeping into their Lattes and the Prodigy are a breathe of fresh air in turgid times. I need to play this every morning before I trudge to work to remind me there is life. 25 years on I struggle to think of anyone with as much energy nowadays. Glastonbury is full of comeback bands relying on past times and youngsters copying old masters. This is tremendous.
A monster album with aggressive base and aggressive lyrics in the most part from Keith (RIP). Listen loud!
What a start. RIP fellow park runner
I loved this album back in the late 90’s. It really hooked me on the electronica genre
Smack My Bitch Up - 10/10 Breathe - 9/10 Diesel Power - 8/10 Funky Shit - 6/10 Serial Thrilla - 10/10 Mindfields - 7/10 Narayan - 9/10 Firestarter - 9/10 Climbatize - 10/10 Fuel My Fire - 5/10
Bit of a classic.
All thriller, no filler. What a banger
Great album and Les really hits hard during this period.
Had this as a teenager. Totally forgot how awesome this album is!
It's a classic. One of the defining records of the 90s.
I fucking love big beat. This album is one of the best pioneers of that genre.
An absolute classic, fantastic energy and drive, catchy lyrics and beats and not a bad track on the album.
Heavy, aggressive, artistic, textural, dance-able, consistent, varied. All at once, all the time, all the way through. Wow.
all time banger. RIP Keith
I absolutely love this album from start to finish. Back in the day, this was my first foray into electronica music.
One of the very best electronica albums of all time.
Love this album its so awesome
Like nothing ive heard before
classic 90s album love it Firestarter and smack my bitch up are 90s bangers
<copy-paste> Wauw! Back to the 90s met dit album dat ik letterlijk grijs gedraaid heb in mijn "jeugd! Ongelooflijk als bijna alle nummers op een album geweldig zijn! <copy-paste> Dat schreef ik eerder deze week over het album "Music for the Jilted Generation" maar dat is ook hier van toepassing. Beste album blijft echter "Experience". *****
listend 5 times in a row, and somehow it seemed to mellow a little more each time
The best album of its time & genre. I remember dancing to these songs at clubs, and it's my workout go-to. Running to this album is pure adrenaline. This album will always be a personal favorite.
This was an instant classic, and it's the Prodigy at their best. I'm not a huge fan of the final track, "Fuel My Fire," but I don't hate it, either. Everything else is brilliant, especially "Mind Fields," "Narayan," and my personal favorite, "Diesel Power," (which features the underappreciated Kool Keith). Absolutely love this album.
The lesson here is, whether you're making music or starting fires, be terrific at what you do. 5 terrific brachyuras out of 5 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀
1997. Key Songs: Smack My Bitch Up, Firestarter, Breathe
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This was a lot of fun
Smack my bitch up!
My first electronica album, and one that I've been meaning to revisit as a result of the trip-hop albums from this era that I've been listening to lately. Starts off really strong with two huge hits. The whole album is super high energy. Great sounds all the way through. It lags a bit in the middle, but that's partially a result of the fact that it starts off so strong. Perhaps the peak of angry dance music. 4/5
90s electro. A little to fast and crazy for me
3+1 for personal
Very nice EDM album. Peak late nights electronic.
great one, a load of hits and great album overall
Bangers & Mash
De beats worden op dit album net iets meer afgewisseld met 'rustigere' momenten, en is wat melodieuzer in aard
Jilted probably just edges this for me but has some seriously great tracks - brilliant stuff
Still sounds great.
Superb. So close to 5 star.
omg the matrix
c'est comme je m'imaginais je crois ? et c'est très bien 4/5 Sauf quelques musiques qu'ont vieillies (c'est con j'ai pas noté lesquelles) rien n'est à jeter
20 July 2021 Listened on my phone and laptop while working and going to sainsburys. It's great, they came in and just tore the place up.
Very good!!! Trippy reminds me of The Flaming Lips
I am the Firestarter!!!
some really nice songs, but got a bit repetitive
A bit too matrix-sounding at first, but after another listen I'm into it. Kind of a classic sound. Great synth sounds. You really gotta be in the mood for all that energy though.
Great album in the right mood but a bit too much for most of the time.
Finally listening to the album from which several of The Matrix OST tracks were taken. Whole album is pretty good, and really enjoyed listening to the familiar tracks again. Probably needed it today, when I'm feeling slightly grungy and angsty. 4 stars!
Climbatize, Firestarter, ... all classics.
Jilted just edges this for me but has some seriously great tracks that still hold up today - brilliant stuff
An amazing milestone album for the Prodigy. Love every track (even the weaker ones). Not quite a five though.
Some of the tracks on this album have not ages well. Others are ageless. Still brilliant
I knew the singles as this came out while I was in high school, but it was good to give a critical listen and hear the b-sides. Maybe my favorite dance music so far.
If I ever need music for a rave, I know what I can use now. 4/5 stars
Didn't think I was gonna rate this but it ended up being pretty great. Relentless from the get-go.
I remember listening to this at 17/18 on a family holiday in Ireland. Using a CD player and some crappy headphones. It sounded dangerous then, as it still does now.
completely forgotten how many great individual tracks there were on this album!
Tempted to go 5 but I was sensible. Loved it as a kid and still stands up fairly well I think. It sounded like nothing else at the time. It's not easy to make dance music into an engaging album either
Not surprising that this was controversial when it was released. I recall that MTV did some stories about the misogynistic lyrics for a few days before they world premiered the video for a “one time only” showing. Overall I think this is above average electronica w some pop and rap tossed in. 3.5 stars and difficult for me to round up, but the cool cover art tipped the scales.
That got to number one in about 1999 in America, and then the next the UK artist to get to number one was like Adele or somebody.
Some very iconic songs. Not something I would personally seek out but I can see its appeal, very energetic with strong beats.
Haven't heard this one in a hot minute. It holds up if you're in that sorta mood
Thought this was related to crab rave - I was wrong. This appears to be the "original crab rave". And I really enjoyed this album. Everything somehow didn't sound the same and you were randomly blessed with vocals. Each track jammed, no complaints. Although, i'm not sure electronic music will ever be at the top of my list.
Not what I usually would listen to, but interesting.
Got a soft spot for this, even though I can't stand the genre in general. Every track is pretty engaging for its variety in sounds, beats and/or tempos. Narayana is the best.
Just a solid album and loved all the music videos back in the day
Grungy, fast and nostalgic!
Great album, one that I don’t listen to enough
stress dream of bangers
Great album. Had been awhile since I’d listened but really enjoyed that. Climbatize is amongst the best things the Prodigy have done. One Star off for that Firestarter nonsense but otherwise a top album
A trio of unmatchable singles, some decent album tracks but there is filler and tracks are stretched out. While the heights are greater than previous album Jilted Generation it's not as consistent.
Great album! so so station generated.
Diferente. Recuerdos de más de 20 años Gran disco de música electrónica
Relentless. Consistent. Radge.
Good, solid album. All tracks well done. Lacks an emotional extra level for me. But still superb
RIP Keith. Iconic album from late 90s and brings back memories of a great time, preferred the prodigy’s earlier albums but still some great tracks (climbatize especially)
Kolejny klasyk z gatunku w ktorego nigdy nie potrafilem sie zglebic, wiec elektronika, o ile sam zespol kojarzylem, to nie mialem pojecia, ze tyle osob za nim stoi, jacys spiewacze, producenci, tancerze na kiju, the fat of the land jest ich trzecim studyjnym krazkiem z roku 97, jakos zawsze prodigy kojarzylo mi sie z hameryka pewnie po tych vajbowych teledyskach i okladkach jak ten crabowy jam, ale jednak niektore wokale zdradzaja wyspiarskie korzenie bandy, krazek jest utrzymany w stylu big beatu i breakbeatu, wiec na spektrum elektronicznym jest to ten chaotyczny kraniec przepelniony energia i chaosem brzmienia, efektu dopelniaja roznorakie wokale, dziwne sample, jak katanowe machania z breathe, najwiecej wokalnie udzielal sie pan Keith Flint, ktorego bardziej kojarze jako pana z rogami z chocby firestartera, kolejnym waznym glosem plyty jest Maxim Reality, ktorego styl liryczny daje skojarzenia z hip hopem, bo momentami tak wlasnie plyta brzmi, jak dobre beaty i wylozone na nich liryki jak diesel power, ktory featuruje koola keitha, plyta ma 56 miniut i ciezko znalezc fragmenty ktore by nudzily lub niepasowaly, jak dla mnie jeden z lepszych elektronicznych pickow na liscie jak dotad, a z pewnoscia jeden z najbardziej energetycznych, bo takie jamowanie pasuje nie tylko do tanca, ale jak glosi motto openingowego smack my bitch up do robienia czegokolwiek intensywnie, z czym sie calkowicie zgadzam, wiec na plejke leci openingowy kawalek, breathe i firestarter, a na rapowa zalapie sie disel power
Just banging. Very close to a big 5…. But not hitting perfection quite!
Definitely not background music - this grabs you by the ears and forces you to listen. Still sounds like nothing else; it sounded like it came from another planet at the time! Firestarter and breathe are the two big hits, and as close to catchy as the album gets, but it probably works best as a whole piece
Not much to say about this one. Driving beats, solid electronica, unimposing vocals, layered repetition, one could put this on and get taken back to the 90s, maybe even pretend they are in the Matrix. This is an album that can be forgotten while it is still playing, but in a good way. For the period of time where dance, techno, electronica made their way out of clubs and into movies, commercials, hype albums, we can look back at that as having been an interesting yet appropriate thing for the time. It may seem a bit silly today, but music and nostalgia go hand in hand. This album is worth the walk, or dance, down memory lane.
Vraiment cool même si on s'approche souvent de la musique de blockbusters de Michael Bay par moments Prefs: Smack My Bitch Up, Breathe, Funky Shit, Firestarter, Climbatize, Fuel My Fire Moins pref: Narayan
This is pretty fucking good
Pretty solid EDM, better than the other.
Y'a du banger.
Cool dont sound nothing like prodigy
4/5. Pretty epic ngl, thought it would blow more 🤷♂️
Highly entertaining, aggressive big-beat album. Felt rave-ish at times. Fun. Highlight: Breathe
A compilation of some really neat tracks without much of an overarching theme. This albums sparked some nostalgic memories too. The energy is palpable and the rythms are captivating.
Parfait dosage de techno, d’énergie presque punk, épices musique du monde propres à l’époque, le tout bien intégré. Chouette!
Seminal album. Three big hitters and couple that could of been.
The album's second-half is underrated. I still struggle through the first-half despite its greater popularity.
Not sure Fat of the Land was designed to be listened to with a hangover after a night out at a gig, but then prodigy kind of set me off gig going in 1997 when I saw them touring this album at the Astoria (or possibly Brixton Academy) so fair is fair. Think it's generally aged pretty well. It distracted me from my morning funk pretty well.
+++ late 90s bangers
Seemed more focused then the other Prodigy album. I knew more of the songs. This must have come out during the techno boom of the late 90s. It seemed really familiar... in a good way.
I'm pretty ignorant on the Prodigy, only knowing some of their hits, but this is cool. I can see why they overlap with metal fans often. Will check out more. B-
The Prodigy rules and this is their best by far. Makes you want to destroy shit.
Was a good listen. I've listened before. It a little too repeaty for me, but it's still really good. 3.75/5
I can see how people like it but I didn't really enjoy the whole genre
A blistering, essential big beat album. There's not much to think about with this one, though I caught onto the Kool Keith cameo this time through. Prodigy are less obvious on the samples but sprinkle their signature throughout the tracks, which have very little fat. Here, it seems, the group figures the tunes can be extended via DJ. That's an approach to a dance record I can get behind.
Classic! Hard not to love.
its good but iv listened to it too many times, so i dont listen to the prodigy any more
Diesel Power is a banger
Great production. Liked Funky Shit.
4.1 - Compared to other British EDM I've reviewed, this one is different. I had it bumping in the back while I was cooking and I really liked it. Besides the pointlessly misogynistic "Smack My Bitch Up", this is solid background for when it's time to get stuff done. I especially like the way "Narayan" fades seamlessly into "Firestarter" - it's a moment that feels especially rave-like.