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The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land (1997)

August 23, 2019

[Album 662/1001]

What’s the most memorable compliment someone has ever given you?

In the spring of 1997, I received the compliment of a lifetime:

“Those shoes are the coolest thing that you’re wearing.”

Talk about a self-esteem boost!

At least, it would have been, if the compliment giver had perceived the rest of my outfit as ‘cool’ & the shoes were the pièce de résistance that pulled it all together. 

But if they didn’t, and the shoes were merely relatively less offensive than the rest of my ensemble, the compliment would have been decidedly backhanded.

So whether the compliment was genuine or backhanded, it remains an unsolved mystery.

But it was a memorable compliment in any event!


The Fat of the Land might be my favourite electronica album.220px-TheProdigy-TheFatOfTheLand (1)

It might even be stronger than their 1994 effort, Music for the Jilted Generation.

In fact, it’s probably the strongest electronica album in my personal collection.

As far as electronica artists go, in my books, I’m not sure if anyone will be able to top The Prodigy.

Which, regardless of the compliment type, hopefully it’s a memorable one!


Verbalize the Positive

A Tip of the hat to Buried on Mars for his AC/DC review system.

When reviewing Acca Dacca, I appreciate that he uses multiple 5-point metrics to provide listeners with the appropriate context.

For example, The Razors Edge:

As an AC/DC album: 4.5/5
Compared to everything else: 5/5

Cheers Kevin for steering me towards evaluating The Prodigy as an electronica album, rather than comparing it to everything else!

From → 1990s

  1. Cool!

    TFOTL is a full-on and mature sounding album for sure, but Music For.. that really was a soundtrack for me back then and hard to beat by anything.
    That said… and from the same era and similar electronic-based styles, have to give shout outs for Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’, Primal Scream ‘XTRMNTR’, Portishead ‘Dummy’, Chemical Brothers ‘Dig Your Own Hole’, Ronnie Size & Reprazent ‘New Forms’, David Holmes ‘Let’s Get Killed’, DJ Shadow ‘Endtroducing’, UNKLE ‘Psyence Fiction’, and probably a lot more I can’t think of right now.

    Oh man…. what an era… so many amazing electronic styles back in the 90s to the early 2000s, and I’m so happy to have been there soaking it all up!

    LOL at the shoes comment 🙂 Someone commented how cool my jacket was and that it made me look slimming…

    Overheard: ‘New shoes? And your hair is so lovely today, you’ve made such an effort. We just need to fix that dress.’

    • Shoes, check. Hair, check. Dress? I guess 2 outta 3 ain’t bad!
      Thanks for the comment TVTA – I really enjoy hearing about music that has had such an impact on people.
      And a few of those other ones you mentioned are on the 1001 list, so I’ll have to see if any of them can unseat the prodigy as my favourite electronica!

  2. The Prodigy might be the only electronica band I have ever really listened to so I guess they are the best I have heard as well!!

  3. Are these the dudes that did Smack my Bitch up?
    There was some controversial stuff way back because of that track but I can’t recall of it was these guys
    Kev indeed is the quiet WordPress Assassin with that scoring system of his!
    Silent but deadly!

    • That was the opening track on this album – good memory! It’s a shame they didn’t choose any other 4 word sequence (like a baseball inspired ‘change my pitch up’) because musically, I think it’s the strongest track here.

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    Electronica was definitely a time and place thing for me. I loved it at the time. Well… I loved drunkenly dancing to it at the time. Don’t listen to it much these days but Prodigy was one of my faves. You should give Juno Reactor a bit of a spin if you’re feeling generous with the genre. I always found their music created great imagery. Cheers.

    • Good point about the imagery – there’s still a few electronica selections to go on the list, I may have to attempt dancing along for the full experience!

  5. Thanks for the shout out! I just feel it is important to keep things in perspective.

  6. I loved this LP – saw them a whole bunch of times too, before and after. A way better rock band than most rock bands, IMHO.

  7. I never got into this at the time, but found it a year or so ago after a chat with a pal of mine and thought “oh aye”. Not sure I’d listen to it often, but I certainly enjoyed it a great deal – it rocks in places too.

    • It’s definitely got its moments – the album opener, lyrics/title aside, is a really well assembled track!

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