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Fat of the Land - Prodigy

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The Fat of the Land is the third studio album by English electronic dance music group The Prodigy. The album was released by XL Recordings on 30 June 1997 and on 1 July 1997 in the United States by Maverick Records.

The album has received critical acclaim and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide as of 2012.

The album title comes from the old English phrase 'living off the fat of the land', which means living well or being wealthy.

The band name was shortened to simply "Prodigy" for the release and its singles.

While Liam Howlett is generally responsible for the compositions and Maxim Reality is featured on two tracks, this is the first record to include contributions by Keith Flint, who provides vocals on four of the songs.


The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album has since gone double platinum, selling over two million copies in the US.

The album also caused some controversy. The National Organization for Women objected to the seeming misogyny of "Smack My Bitch Up", though the band maintains that its true interpretation is "doing anything intensely".

In 1999, the album entered the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling UK album and was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Track Listings:
    1. SMACK MY BITCH UP (5:42)
    2. BREATHE (5:34)
    3. DIESEL POWER (4:17)
    4. FUNKY SHIT (5:16)
    5. SERIAL THRILLA (5:11)
    6. MINDFIELDS (5:39)
    7. NARAYAN (9:05)
    8. FIRESTARTER (4:39)
    9. CLIMBATIZE (6:38)
    10. FUEL MY FIRE (4:18)
Artist Name(s):
Keith Flint – vocals ("Breathe", "Serial Thrilla", "Firestarter", "Fuel My Fire")
Liam Howlett – keyboards, synthesizers, sampling, programming, production, engineering, mixing, art direction
Maxim Reality – vocals ("Breathe", "Mindfields")
Shahin Badar – vocals ("Smack My Bitch Up")
Kool Keith – vocals ("Diesel Power")
Crispian Mills – vocals ("Narayan")
Saffron – vocals ("Fuel My Fire")
Gizz Butt – guitar ("Fuel My Fire")
Jim Davies – guitar ("Firestarter")
Matt Cameron – drums
Tom Morello – guitar ("No Man Army")
Liam Howlett
Release Year: 1997
EBM, Space Rock
Album Type:
Compact Disc
Cover & Packge Design:
Alex Jenkins, Liam Howlett
Studio Name:
Strongroom, Earthbound Studios
Mastering: Mike's, The Exchange
Engineer(s): Neil McLellan
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
XL Recordings UK, Maverick USA
Catalog Number(s):
XLLP 121, PRO-A-8929-A
Virgin Music Ltd.
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