Music For The Jilted Generation

Second album, first number one. 'Music For The Jilted Generation', released by XL Recordings in '94, got the top album spot in the UK and ended up selling 600,000 copies which deemed it certified platinum.

Music For The Jilted Generation
UK chart position: 1

Music for the Jilted Generation is the second studio album by The Prodigy. The album was released through XL Recordings in July 1994. The album was re-released in 2008 as More Music for the Jilted Generation, including remastered and bonus tracks. Similarly to their previous record Experience, Maxim Reality is the only group member, besides Liam Howlett, from the then line-up to contribute to the album.

When Liam Howlett came to the cutting room for the final phase in the album production he realised that all the tracks he had originally planned for wouldn't fit onto a CD, so "One Love" had to be edited which resulted in a cut of approximately 1 minute and 41 seconds, "The Heat (The Energy)" was slightly cut, and the track called "We Eat Rhythm" was left out. "We Eat Rhythm" was later released on a free cassette with in October 1994 Select Magazine entitled Select Future Tracks. Liam Howlett later asserted that he felt the edit of "One Love" and "Full Throttle" could have been dropped from the track listing.

The album is largely a response to the corruption of the rave scene in Britain by its mainstream status as well as Great Britain's Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which criminalised raves and parts of rave culture. This is exemplified in the song "Their Law" with the spoken word intro and the predominant lyric, the "Fuck 'em and their law" sample.

Liam Howlett later said he regretted the choice of album title. He also claimed it was never meant to be political, but with a track sampling speech saying "fuck 'em and their law", that's quite hard to believe.

There was two proposed titles for this second album that never got used. They were Music For The Cool Young Juvenile and Music For Joyriders.

What is actually the Narcotic Suite?

You may not know what Liam thought of when he was writing them. Here is a quote from him: ”All of those tracks came from images in my head. For 3 Kilos, I pictured a load of laid back people lying around in a smoky room; Skylined had an uplifting, rush feel to it; and Claustrophobic Sting was a paranoid, depths-of-hell track, probably the most forbidding music I’ve ever written.”

"The Narcotic Suite" includes live flute parts, played by Phil Bent. Originally, Howlett asked Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull to play this part or to give permission to use samples of one of his flute parts; according to Anderson, the letter from Howlett got stuck in his office and when Ian found it, the album was already released.

Liam about Music for the Jilted Generation

With Jilted Generation, I basically just wanted to forget about all the formulas of the dance music. In the dance you've got lots of different categories: jungle, techno, whatever. And each category has their rules, as it were, like you should use certain sounds, you shouldn't use guitars, you shouldn't use slow beats, all this crap. I just threw that out the window. I thought, "No, I really don't care about whether people slag this record off or not. I'm just gonna write something how I want to say it. " And that's what I did. And that's basically what came out.

For me there's still tracks there I wasn't happy with. I wasn't happy to put the more techno tracks on there like "Full Throttle" and "One Love" and stuff like that. It took quite a long time to produce the album. And I felt that it was sort of an end to something we were doing before and the start of something new. It wasn't just a whole new album with all new direction. It was important to still have some tracks that the old Prodigy fans could relate to still, you know? So with tracks like "Their Law" which were a bit more extreme and "Poison" and stuff like that, it was kind of like a new direction and "Voodoo People" and stuff like that. It was like forget about all the rules of dance music and here's something new that sort of captures something along with the rock side as well, just bringing that through a bit. We didn't want to change into a rock band. I think about the same time as we left the rave scene, we started to play like festivals and college dates and stuff, just stuff with other bands, guitar bands. And just being around that environment just inspired me to harden up the sound. It was the environment I was in.
- Liam Howlett

There was also a special Jilted Day on Dazed Digital when Jilted turned 20. Check it out with articles including a Q&A with Liam Howlett, an exclusive playlist selected by The Prodigy, an interview with Sewart Haygarth and Les Edwards the men behind The Prodigy’s most iconic album sleeve and more.
You can check out all the content here: http://www.dazeddigital.com/tag/jilted-day

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No Tourists Album

No Tourists


Experience Album



What Evil Lurks EP

What Evil Lurks


The Fat Of The Land Album

The Fat Of The Land


Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned Album

Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned


Invaders Must Die Album

Invaders Must Die


The Day Is My Enemy Album

The Day Is My Enemy


Need Some1 Single

Need Some1


Ibiza Single



Wild Frontier Single

Wild Frontier


The Day Is My Enemy (Expanded Edition) Single

The Day Is My Enemy (Expanded Edition)


The Night Is My Friend EP EP

The Night Is My Friend EP


More Music For The Jilted Generation Compilation

More Music For The Jilted Generation


Their Law: The Singles 1990–2005 Compilation

Their Law: The Singles 1990–2005


The Added Fat EP EP

The Added Fat EP


Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One Compilation

Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One


The Prodigy Experience - Expanded: Remixes & B-sides Compilation

The Prodigy Experience - Expanded: Remixes & B-sides


Light Up The Sky Single

Light Up The Sky


Nasty Single



Back To Mine Compilation

Back To Mine


Invaders Must Die EP EP

Invaders Must Die EP


Smack My Bitch Up Single

Smack My Bitch Up


Warrior's Dance Single

Warrior's Dance


Omen Single



Baby's Got A Temper EP

Baby's Got A Temper


Firestarter Single



Everybody In The Place Single

Everybody In The Place


Fire Single



Poison Single



Voodoo People Single

Voodoo People


Take Me To The Hospital Single

Take Me To The Hospital


Girls Single



Breathe Single



Charly Single



No Good (Start The Dance) Single

No Good (Start The Dance)


Out of Space Single

Out of Space


Spitfire Single



WInd It Up Single

WInd It Up


One Love Single

One Love


Hotride Single



Voodoo People / Out Of Space Single

Voodoo People / Out Of Space


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