Having written off the nineties as a barren musical wasteland because of my non involvement in class A drugs, pseudo Hippiedom and large cavernous ‘raves’ in the middle of nowhere (and Ibiza) I thought it best that I throw some praise in the direction of the Prodigy. Their Fat of the Land album is testament to a punk spirit wrapped up in a musical form that was repetitive and transient to my mind.
The album, released in 1997, is still a blistering work as it retains that vital ingredient; energy. Musically not to all tastes (always a good thing)and controversial, it is a cobweb clearing cacophony that has great merit to these ears.
The tracks that have the most impact are Firestarter, Breathe and Smack my Bitch up. The album was an unprecedented success going into the
US top 100 at number 1 and entering the Guinness book of records as the fastest selling album of all time. UK
Since their heyday the Prodigy main man Liam Howlitt has turned to production and most recently remixed Plan B’s Ill manors to devastating effect.
The Fat of the land is not a fad based product but a great British album.
Smack my bitch up