|The Fat of the Land|
|Released:||June 30, 1997|
|Recorded:||1996-1997, Earthbound Central|
Maverick, Warner Bros. (US)
|Last Album:||Voodoo People|
|This Album:||The Fat of the Land|
|Next Album:||The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One|
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 and later Pearl Jam, 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. He could be in the track "Fuel My Fire."
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. This was an extremely rare feat as most electronic music albums fail to sell well in the U.S. The album has since gone double platinum selling over 2 million units in the U.S.
The album was nominated for the 1997 Mercury Music Prize.
In 1998 Q magazine readers voted The Fat of the Land the ninth greatest album of all time. In 2000 Q placed it at number 47 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Q (10/01, p.46) - Ranked #43 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime." Q (12/99, p.92) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s." Q (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.82) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Spin (1/98, p.87) - Ranked #20 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #13 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #29 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
NME (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #17 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|UK Albums Chart||1|
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|Canadian Albums Chart||1|
|Swedish Albums top 60||1|
|1996||"Firestarter"||UK Singles Chart||1|
|1996||"Breathe"||UK Singles Chart||1|
|1996||"Firestarter"||Australian ARIA Singles Chart||22|
|1996||"Breathe"||Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|1997||"Smack My Bitch Up"||UK Singles Chart||8|
|1997||"Smack My Bitch Up"||Australian ARIA Singles Chart||41|
|1997||"Smack My Bitch Up"||Canadian Singles Chart||12|
|1997||"Firestarter"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||30|
|1997||"Firestarter"||U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||11|
|1997||"Firestarter"||U.S. Modern Rock Tracks||24|
|1997||"Breathe||U.S. Modern Rock Tracks||18|
|1997||"Smack My Bitch Up"||U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||19|
|1998||"Smack My Bitch Up"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||89|