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Music for the Jilted Generation

July 1994

"So, I've decided to take my work back underground - to stop it falling into the wrong hands." And so begins the second album. Straight off into the full speed of Break and Enter, slowing for the heavy guitar rock of Their Law, speeding up again for the breakbeats of Full Throttle and the ultimate rock/dance hybrid of Voodoo People. After Speedway there's a dramatic slowdown for some ambient sounds and it's straight back into business with The Heat (The Energy). Dipping again for the hard hip-hop of Poison. The anthemic No Good (Start the dance) and One Love come straight at you at Full Throttle , with the album mellowing out for 3 Kilos and Skylined. The grand finale hits home in the shape of Claustrophic Sting, probably one of the hardest tracks ever.
Thirteen tracks of hip-hop, rock, ambient, hard dance, and even some jazzy undertones (3 Kilos) are all crammed perfectly onto 79 minutes of musical genius. This release was well received and went straight into the album charts at number one, outselling the rest of the top three put together. Within three weeks it had sold over 100,000 copies, and within two months it had sold more copies than "Experience". After five months it had sold over half a million copies. Rave reviews came flooding in from all over the music community, and the long player was heralded as "Definite album of the year" by many.

The Sample used in Full throttle was reversed since Liam didn't want any trouble with copyrights. The sample is taken from the motion picture Star Wars and can be heard just as Luke is about to enter the death star trench. The unscrambled version of the track can be found on the One Love single. "Biggs, Wedge, let's close it up - we're going in - we're going in full throttle that ought to keep those fighters off our back"

When Liam 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 '94 entitled 'Select Future Tracks'. A remixed version of the track can be heard during the intro and ending credits of the video 'Electronic Punks'. This mix is often referred to as We Eat Rhythm (Jungle Mix) and was often played live in gigs around '95.

In Japan a special edition of Music for the Jilted Generation was released by Avex Trax, The Prodigy's Japanese licensee. The CD album featured an extra 3" single with 3 old tracks, click here for more information about that.

Did you know?...

What does Music For The Jilted Generation mean?

This album is a a protest against an act by the British government which enabled the policemen to take greater measures against partygoers (although originally Liam did not intend the album to be an anti-Criminal Justice Bill record). Jilted here means something like betrayed (the goverment betrayed youth). ”How can the government stop young people having a good time. Fight this bollocks” – The Prodigy.

What title did Liam want to give his second album?
Originally he thought of ”Music for the Cool Young Juvenile” and ”Music for Joyriders”, but neither title worked, and finally a friend of his came up with the final title, ”Music for the Jilted Generation”.

From where is the Intro text?
The Jilted Intro’s text is from the horror movie The Lawnmower Man.

There is a tribute band - Jilted Generation?
Here’s what Liam said about them: ”Somewhere in my head I know it’s flattering but it’s also a bit weird, just not right. I don’t think I could go and see them play, that would be too strange.

Liam was not happy with this album.
He was never fully happy with Music For The Jilted Generation, he thought only about 6 tracks were right.





Break and Enter


Their Law(remix)


Full Throttle


Voodoo People




The Heat(The Energy)




No Good (Start the Dance)


One Love


3 Kilos




Claustrophobic Sting


All tracks written by Liam Howlett at Earthbound Studios. Except track 3 written by L.Howlett and Pop Will Eat Itself at Earthbound Studios and track 8 written by L. Howlett and K. Palmer .

Tracks 1,2,3,6,8,11,12 and 13 written by Liam Howlett at Earthbound Studios.
Tracks 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 produced and mixed by Neil McLellan and L. Howlett at The Strongroom.
Track 2 smple taken from 'Casanova' by Baby D courtensy of Polygram Special Markets.
Live Flute (3 Kilos) by Phil Bent
Live Guitar (Voodoo People) by Lance Riddler


How can the government stop people from having a good time. Fight this bollocks.