Samples used by The Prodigy

A comprehensive list of samples that The Prodigy have used in their The Fat Of The Land album and live shows in that era.


Sample: Swords clashing
Taken from: Wu-Tang Clan - "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" from the album called "36 Chambers".
(there has been lots of rumors that Liam has made these sounds with his own swords, but it's not true).

Sample: Guitar sample
Taken from: John Barry's James Bond score


Liam has used a synth sound from Rat Poison in this track.

Sample: Distorted organ
Taken from: The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Sample: The main string sounds
Taken from: John Ottoman - Kobayashi's Domain taken from The Usual Suspects soundtrack

Sample: Horns
Taken from: Egyptian Empire/Tim Taylor - Horn Track

Sample: Drum beat
Taken from: Jedi Knights song "Air Drums from Outer Bongolia" (New School Science, 1996)

Liam used it without permission from them and they sued Liam and XL Recordings. But later then Liam discovered that they had used it from some other song to which no one owned the rights, so Liam and XL bought them thus getting Jedi Knights in trouble. All the attention alerted George Lucas who sued the Jedi Knights because he owns the Jedi tradmark.

The sample is actually from a huge two minute conga break in the track Apache (originally written and performed by Cliff Richard's backing band the Shadows) by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band recorded & released in 1974.

Diesel Power

Sample: 2nd snear in the main drum beat (2nd snare in the main drum beat) sound of crushing bones
Taken from: Wu-Tang Clan "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin' Ta F'k Wit'"

Sample: 8-bit computer game melody which was played in 2009-2010 gigs
Taken from: Pain - Shut Your Mouth

Diesel Power (Dirtchamber Mix)

in the noises at the end u can hear voice of monks (slow down) from track Beastie Boys "Shambala"

Everything We Do Is Gonna Be Funky

(live track played usually before/after Funky Shit)

Sample: "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funk" and main beats
Taken from: Lee Dorsey - Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky is the original source but actually Liam sampled this from Coldcut track "Hot Plate 1"


Sample: "It's my own secret technique" sample in live version which was used as an intro
Taken from: The Kung Fu movie "Crystal Fist (Jade Claw)" starring Billy Chong.

Student: "What style´s that?!"
Master: "Muahaha! The Eagle´s Shadow Claw, it´s my own secret technique".

Sample: Wah-wah Guitar
Taken from: The Breeders - S.O.S.

Sample: "Hey Hey Hey"
Taken from: The Art Of Noise - Close to the Edit. It can be found from Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? (Island 1984) album. The Art Of Noise originally sampled it from “Freeze-Frame” by “The J. Giles Band”.

Funky Shit

Sample: "Ba-daa-da-da do-dadley-dadle-dadle!" (70's horns fill in)
Taken from: 'Theme from SWAT' by the Rhythm Heritage. It can be found drom their Disco-Fied (ABC 1976) album.

Sample: The main vocal sample "Oh my God, thats the funky shit"
Taken from: the Beastie Boys song "Root Down". It was rumoured to have cost to XL recordings a £3,000 fee.

Sample: break! break! break!..
Taken from: '2-3 Break' by the B-Boys.

Sample: The "attention all personel" sample used in live shows
Taken from: the James Bond movie Diamonds are forever.

Sample: Bass drum
Taken from: sample CD "Megabass 1"

Sample: Break
Taken from: Fuzzy Haskins "The Fuzz And Da Boog"

The breakdown of noises in the end of Funky Shit (which in live shows is played at other occasions as well) is from the title music of the film "The Shining". (This same sample is used in Crazy Man)

Method Man's "Release Yo Delf" (Prodigy Remix)

Sample: Drum Machine
Taken from: Graham Central Station's track called "The Jam" that can be found from Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It (Warner Brothers 1975) album.

Sample: Beat
Taken from: Chill Rob G - Court Is Now In Session

Sample: Horn Sample
Taken from: Ennio Morricone - Il Colpo



Sample: The main riff
Taken from: John Barry - Hips Trip (from the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun' and played during a scene at the river. Liam just added one note in the end!)

Right after this scene in the movie follows a sound which is played many times at Prodigy gigs, mostly in the end of Smack My Bitch Up.

This track also features a snippet from "King Kut" by Word Of Mouth.

Molotov Bitch

Sample: guitar riff
Source: Adam and the Ants song 'Ants Invasion' from the 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier.


- 'Recycled' sample from Climbatize.

Beat in the middle of recording from the recording of "Sports" by lightin 'Rod feat Jalal

No Man Army/One Man Army

Part of the drum beats on are lifted from 'Another Body Murdered', a track by Faith No More & Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. on the 'Judgement Night' soundtrack

Sample: Guitar riff
Taken from: Rage Against The Machine "Bulls on Parade"

Ride The Rhythm AKA Masterplan

Sample: Main beat
Taken from: Chill Rob G - Ride The Rhythm

Sample: guitar riff
Source: Beastie Boys' song "Pass The Mic" which original comes from The Kay-Gees "Master Plan" from album Essential Dancefloor

Smack My Bitch Up

Sample: Intro
Taken from: Kool and the Gang "Funky Man" from his album Live at the Sex Machine (De-Lite 1971) Original sample is highly pitched up. Those intro beats are the same as in Crazy Man.

Sample: Main bass line
Taken from: Randy Weston "In Memory of" from his album Tanjah (Verve 1973)

Sample: "WOOW"
Taken from: Cold Cut - More Beats + Pieces or Afrique - House of rising funk

Sample: Time stretched guitar
Taken from: Rage Against The Machine - Bull's on Parade

Sample: "Change my pitch up, smack my bitch up"
Taken from: The original song is "Give The Drummer Some" by The Ultramagnetic MC's, found on the album Critical Breakdown. The rapper is Kool Keith from The Ultramagnetic MC's.

Sample: “Like This”
Taken from: from Mixmaster Gee and the Turntable Orchestra’s “Like This”

Sample: Indian female vocal
Taken from: it's not actually a sample but the vocalist is the Middle Eastern artist Shahin Badar. Early live version of Smack My Bitch Up contained a different female vocal. It was taken from Sheila Chandra's "Nana - the dreaming". Sitar that can be heard in this part is also taken from this same track.

The Intro to live gigs that was played before SMBU in 96-97 is taken from the film the Usual Suspects. It's called "Payback Time" by John Ottman. It's the scene where they're going to put the hit on Kobayashi and they're going up in the elevator.

Serial Thrilla

Sample: Weird intro siren
Taken from: the old 50s Sci-Fi film "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers"

Sample: Yeah guitar fx
Taken from: Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nevermind, 1991)

Sample: The guitar riff
Taken from: Skunk Anansie – "Selling Jesus" (Paranoid & Sunburnt, 1995)

The Trick

- That piano is taken from the Flash Gordon Soundtrack.

Hip Hop fill AKA Hip Hop Wovel (97 Hip Hop sample used in live shows)

Sample: "I am the creator of my hip hop styles"
Source: MC Shan - Living In The World Of Hip Hop

If you know some other sample sources, please mail to me or contact me via feedback form.
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