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: saxophone sound (starting 0:11)
Taken from: Please (Funk Group) - "Sing a Simple Song" (1975)
Sample: drum beat
Taken from: Thin Lizzy - "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed" (1977)
Sample: ringing percussion
Taken from: The Meters - "Here Comes the Meter Man" (1969)
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: drums in the end
Taken from:Little Richard - "The Rill Thing" (1970)
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
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.
Sample:1998 live version beats
Taken from: Metro L.A. – "To A Nation Rockin' (Short Mix)" (To A Nation Rockin', 1996)
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
in the noises at the end u can hear voice of monks (slow down) from track Beastie Boys "Shambala"
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”.
Sample: distorted laser zap
Taken from: ?
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, that's the funky shit"
Taken from: the Beastie Boys song "Root Down". It was rumored 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"
Taken from: Fuzzy Haskins "The Fuzz And Da Boog"
Sample: [4:31] outro
Taken from: Sheila Chandra – "Bhajan" (Weaving My Ancestors' Voices, 1992)
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)
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.
Sample: guitar riff
Source: Adam and the Ants song 'Ants Invasion' from the 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier.
Sample: drum loop
Source: Lee Dorsey - Get Out Of My Life Woman
- 'Recycled' sample from Climbatize.
Beat in the middle of recording from the recording of "Sports" by lightin 'Rod feat Jalal
Sample: wailing vocal
Source: Sampletronics - Distorted Reality Vol. 1 (CRYING OUT.WAV)
Sample: drums just before Firestarter starts
Source: Deep Cops - Ol Diablo (Scream From Jaws/Ol Diablo, 1997)
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"
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)
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.
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)
- That piano is taken from the Flash Gordon Soundtrack.
Future Music - 1st February 1993 Prodigious talent
Hot Press - 8th September 1993 Welcome To The Techno-drome
Sound On Sound - 1st October 1996 Liam Howlett • The Prodigy & Firestarter
Toronto Sun - 11th May 1999 Prodigy tries sex in space
Toronto Sun - 15th May 1999 Decline of the Jedi Knights
Nekozine - 19th November 2005 Interview with Liam Howlett after The Prodigy's show in Copenhagen
Hot Press - 8th May 2010 Leeroy Keeps Swinging
MTV Hive - 4th December 2012 Dissecting the Prodigy: 25 Samples Behind 'The Fat of the Land'
EXCLAIM! - 19th July 2018 The Prodigy Announce 'No Tourists' LP, Share New Song
The Sun - 30th November 2018 Still starting fires
Decoded Magazine - 31st January 2019 Sampling the Sex Pistols, dissing koalas and never taking your foot off the gas: we crank the froth-o-meter up to full with The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett
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