In the US Wal-Mart refused to sell FOTL because of the track names. So Prodigy's US record company Maverick agreed to censor them on the sleeve. Liam was very pissed about that ofcourse.
The Fat Of The Land
|UK chart position: 1|
|June 30th 1997, 2x12" XL-Recordings XLLP 121|
|June 30th 1997, XL-Recordings XLCD 121|
|June 30th 1997, Magic Stone / Avex Trax & XL-Recordings, MED-188|
FAT OF THE LAND
We want to distance ourselves from it, to be honest.
We're wise to hype. We've been doing this for seven
years now. We know if something's hyped up too much
and it hasn't got any substance then it falls flat
on its face. To be honest, after being at #1, I think
this helps a lot. A lot of people will take us seriously
now. It's almost like we had to have that to let people
realize that we're not about hype. The Chemical Brothers
did pretty well to get to #14 in the American charts.
But at the end of the day when you actually look at
the quantity of records sold, it isn't a great deal,
to be honest. It's like 200,000 the first week. We
sold twice as many in England in the first week. It's
like not that many records, to be honest. We were
really pleased to be at #1. We were surprised. Everyone
in England gets the impression that in the American
market you need a million records to be at #1. The
market isn't like what it used to be; it isn't the
same. Two hundred thousand records [in one week] is
not that many. You don't expect it to be #1. Number
one in itself helps us, you know.
Included in Q Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 1997.
Ranked #20 on Spin's list of the Top 20 Albums Of
Ranked #29 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop
3.5 Stars (out of 5) - ...packs all the visceral
punch of rock at its incendiary best....populist
electro punk that serves as a perfect Brit counterpart
to the industrial noir of Trent Reznor or the jittery
soundscapes of Wu-Tang Clan's RZA...
7 (out of 10) - ...maybe the best fusion of pseudo-rap
and pseudo-punk since Rage Against The Machine...
...the first block rockin' post-Oasis amyl-techno-punk
album....as well as reaffirming their position as
head-warping slam-kings of the pop underground, [FAT
OF THE LAND] seems set to be the ultimate party soundtrack
both sides of the ocean...
...Prodigy leader and beat master Liam Howlett has
made THE FAT OF THE LAND harder, more subterranean,
more diverse, and more vocal-oriented than previous
Prodigy records....This is dance music not about
release but aggression, making it ideal party music
for the end of the century... - Rating: B