The Fat of the Land

Label
Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release date
1 Jul 1997
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
56:14

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Smack My Bitch Up 5:41 643,347
2 Breathe 5:33 577,173
3 Diesel Power 4:19 356,121
4 Funky Shit 5:15 279,707
5 Serial Thrilla 5:10 229,683
6 Mindfields 5:40 299,992
7 Narayan 9:03 239,006
8 Firestarter 4:40 518,669
9 Climbatize 6:35 221,103
10 Fuel My Fire 4:18 202,625

About this album

The Fat of the Land is an album by The Prodigy. The album was released by XL Recordings on June 30, 1997 (and on July 1, 1997 in the USA).

The album caused some controversy in Britain. The video for the first single, “Firestarter”, caused a minor uproar because of vocalist Keith Flint’s appearance, and several people objected to the seeming misogyny of “Smack My Bitch Up”, though the band maintains that its true interpretation is “…doing anything intensely…”

“Mindfields” later appeared on the soundtrack of the film The Matrix, while “Smack My Bitch Up” has appeared in both Charlie’s Angels and Closer. “Funky Shit” appeared in the trailers for the film Event Horizon and also played over the end credits.

“Serial Thrilla” features a sample of a riff by Skunk Anansie, “Funky Shit” features a sample from “Root Down” from the Beastie Boys album Ill Communication, “Fuel My Fire” is a cover of an L7 song from Hungry for Stink. “Smack My Bitch Up” takes a sample from an Ultramagnetic MCs song, “Give the Drummer Some”, and thus the Prodigy invited Kool Keith to do the lyrics and vocals for another track, “Diesel Power.” Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, who is falsely credited as “Mark” in the liner notes, is also understood to have contributed samples to the album, though it is not clear where.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album has since gone double platinum selling over 2 million copies in the U.S.

The album entered the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling UK album in 1999 and was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

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