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The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation (1994)

August 21, 2015

[Album 417/1001]220px-TheProdigy-MusicForTheJiltedGeneration

There are 2 types of people in the world:

  1. Those who believe in such black or white dichotomous thinking (and likely disapprove of words like dichotomous)
  2. The rest of us, who generally approve of using dichotomous in sentences but not dichotomies as a closed-minded way of looking at, to borrow a Robbie Williams title, Life Thru a Lens.


The centerfold of The Prodigy’s Music for the Jilted Generation (MFTJG) divides the world into 2 types of people.

Do you align yourself with:

a. The officers in riot gear, part of a bleak, industrial existence


b. The sunny day concert goers?




In the John Niven novel Kill Your Friends (picture American Psycho meets Gone Girl), the lead character, Steven, confessed he was starting to side with the officers.  Then Steven proceeded to murder a fellow A&R man.

In 2015, I confess that I, stephen1001. find myself siding with the law enforcement too.  Then stephen1001 proceeded to create a flowchart for my fellow bloggers.


The ‘black or white/one or the other’ view of the world is ineffective as it ignores subsequent decisions.

Fictional Steven & Non-fiction stephen1001 both agreed about The Prodigy’s album art but our immediate actions following this revelation (killing friends vs. preparing trivial algorithms) could not be more different.

Dividing the world into 2 categories is short-sighted and ill advised.

But if The Prodigy already divided the world into 2 categories, perhaps that could be a fun starting point to determine listener reactions to their album, MFTJG.

Feel free to add your path to the comments below (I’m police – love – too much), enjoy!





From → 1990s

  1. Excellent post, Geoff! I like your flow chart. I’m going to have to do some research before I can answer the questions.

    • My thanks Danica – the flow chart isn’t perfect, but I’m looking forward to learning more about letting go of that search for perfection! 🙂

      • I’m so glad to know this! Letting go of that search for perfection is liberating 🙂

  2. jprobichaud permalink

    Nice flowchart. I would definitely hog the disc man. I loved this album, especially the hallucinogenic suite back in the day – my mind is glowing, etc.

    How are you enjoying Kill your friends?

    • Those discman AA batteries weren’t cheap!
      Really enjoyed Kill your friends – it was disturbing, discouraging, and I couldn’t put it down!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        You forgot hilarious! So many great moments. I loved the German pop song and all the references to Britpop.

  3. Nice one. No Good is the track for me – love that one so much, pure adrenalin. As for flowchart, I’m afraid I just come out as you’d expect a puerile adolescent like me to!

    • It’s nice to hear adolescents (or adolescents-at-heart) use words like puerile when describing themselves!

  4. Excellent stuff, Geoff. It appears you and I could have been buddies at high school …

  5. I’d like to reassure you that dichotomous is a great word! 👍🏻

  6. Love the flow chart I just spent several moments trying to decide which way to go and decided to try all the options.

  7. Yeah I would like yourself align myself with law enforcement….sunny day happy concert goers remind me of people going to a Poison concert! (I was once of them!) great read I like your use of graphs and pics totally creative ..

    • Thanks Deke – hope you’re enjoying the end of summer, even if you’re not attending any sunny day concerts!

  8. An excellent flow chart! But I see the choice between the police state and the concert goers as the wrong two choices, here. It should be: can you stand Prodigy or not? For myself… NOT. The rest is details.

    • My thanks Aaron – and I wouldn’t say they’re my cuppa either.
      I didn’t dread listening though, it’s very loop-based so I found listening while running or completing some other task was a good way to experience this

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