Music for the Jilted Generation

Music for the Jilted Generation
Music for the Jilted Generation
Studio album by The Prodigy
Released 4 July 1994 (UK)
28 February 1995 (US)
4 August 2008 (re-release)
Recorded Earthbound Studios, The Strongroom
Genre Big beat, electro-industrial, hardcore techno
Length 78:07
Label XL
Mute (US)
Producer Liam Howlett, Neil McLellan
The Prodigy chronology
Music for the Jilted Generation
Voodoo People
Singles from Music for the Jilted Generation
  1. "One Love"
    Released: 4 October 1993
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)"
    Released: 16 May 1994
  3. "Voodoo People"
    Released: 12 September 1994
  4. "Poison"
    Released: 6 March 1995

Music for the Jilted Generation is the second album by English electronic dance music band 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.[1]


Album information

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 effectively criminalised raves, rave culture, and by implication, rave music itself. The latter is exemplified in the song "Their Law" with the spoken word intro and the predominant lyric, the "Fuck 'em and their law" sample. Many years later, after the controversy died down, Liam Howlett derided the title of the album, which he referred to as "stupid", and maintained that the album was never meant to be political in the first place.[2]

Many of the samples featured on the album are sound clips from movies. "Intro" features a sample from the film The Lawnmower Man, "Their Law" samples Smokey and the Bandit, "Full Throttle" features a reverse sample from the original Star Wars movie, "The Heat (The Energy)" features a sample for Poltergeist III, and "Claustrophobic Sting" features a sample from the film 2001.[2]

When Liam Howlett came to the cutting room for the final phase in the album production he realized that all the tracks he had originally planned for wouldn't fit onto a CD, so "One Love" had to be edited, "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 Select Magazine in October 1994 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.[2]

"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.

The cover of the inner artwork of the record was analyzed in an article published in 2008 in the techno underground Magazine Datacide. The author compares the picture with a persiflage which was published in 2003 on the Kid606 album Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You. The article not only describes the representation of raves in graphic artwork but also describes the marketing strategy of the band with the album and criticizes it:

With the picture The Prodigy are taking a stance in the conflict of ravers versus the police in those days. At the same time this statement is used to market a rebellious attitude. The picture is part of the artwork of a record - which is of course a commodity. The teenage (and male) consumer ought to identify himself with the presented rebellion. With the help of the artwork a certain image of The Prodigy is established: They should be seen as anti-stars, who define themselves through refusal and opposition [...].[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (A)[5]
Ultimate Guitar (9.3/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[10]

Music for the Jilted Generation has received critical acclaim. Rolling Stone gave it three-and-a-half stars, calling it "truly trippy" and that it "generates universal dance fever".[7] Alternative Press said it "throws much darker shapes than its predecessor" and "slams harder and rawer and covers more ground".[11] Robert Christgau called it "one of the rare records that's damn near everything you want cheap music to be".[5] Mojo ranked it number 83 in their "100 Modern Classics" list.[citation needed]

Spin ranked it number 60 in their "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s" list.[12] NME ranked it number 9 in their "Top 50 Albums of 1994" list.[13] Q readers voted it the 62nd greatest album of all time in early 1998 and ranked it as one of the best British albums of the last 50 years in 2008.[citation needed] On 4 December 2008, radio presenter Zane Lowe inducted it into his 'masterpieces' by playing the album in full on his BBC Radio 1 show. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Liam Howlett, unless indicated otherwise. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     0:45
2. "Break & Enter"     8:24
3. "Their Law" (featuring Pop Will Eat Itself) Howlett 6:40
4. "Full Throttle"     5:02
5. "Voodoo People"     6:27
6. "Speedway (Theme From Fastlane)"     8:56
7. "The Heat (The Energy)"     4:27
8. "Poison"   Howlett, Maxim Reality 6:42
9. "No Good (Start the Dance)"     6:17
10. "One Love (Edit)"     3:53
The Narcotic Suite
No. Title Length
11. "3 Kilos"   7:25
12. "Skylined"   5:56
13. "Claustrophobic Sting"   7:13
More Music for the Jilted Generation disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Voodoo People (Radio 1 Maida Vale Session)"   4:18
2. "Poison (Radio 1 Maida Vale Session)"   4:42
3. "Break & Enter (2005 Live Edit)"   4:56
4. "Their Law (Live at Pukkelpop)"   5:27
5. "No Good (Start the Dance) (Bad for You Mix)"   6:49
6. "Scienide"   5:49
7. "Goa (The Heat the Energy Part 2)"   6:03
8. "Rat Poison"   5:31
9. "Voodoo People (Dust Brothers Remix)"   5:55

Chart positions


  • Liam Howlett - performer, producer (on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, and 13) at Earthbound studios, co-producer (other tracks) at The Strongroom
  • Neil McLellan - co-producer (on tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10) at The Strongroom
  • Maxim Reality - vocals on "Poison"
  • Pop Will Eat Itself - performer on "Their Law"
  • Phil Bent - live flute
  • Lance Riddler - live guitar on "Voodoo People"


  • Les Edwards – inside sleeve painting
  • Stuart Haygarth – front cover
  • Jamie Fry – rear sleeve


  1. ^ "More Music for the Jilted Generation", 2008 release [1] (Retrieved 26 May 2008)
  2. ^ a b c Dimery, Robert (2005). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. New York, NY: Quintet Publising. pp. 750. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  3. ^ "Commodities for the Jilted Generation" by Hans-Christian Psaar published in Datacide Magazine (10/2008, p.28)
  4. ^ John Bush. "Music for the Jilted Generation - The Prodigy". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Christgau. "The Prodigy". Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b 20 April 1995, p. 80
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  11. ^ (April 1995, p. 84) -
  12. ^ (September 1999, p. 150)
  13. ^ (24 December 1994, p. 22)
Preceded by
Happy Nation by Ace of Base
UK number one album
16–22 July 1994
Succeeded by
Voodoo Lounge by The Rolling Stones

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