#FAT25 · LIVE 1998: Rock’n’Roll · Beats

Last year, we published a series of posts dedicated to the 25th anniversary of The Fat Of The Land album. However, it wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the events of 1998, which occurred during the busy world tour that followed the album’s release. Today, we’ll take a look back at some interesting moments from the “post-fat” period and highlight some new products that premiered in June ’98, exactly 25 years ago!

Speaking of official studio releases, it is worth noting that the band did not release much during the entirety of ’98. The only exception was one remix by Liam titled Diesel Power (Dirtchamber Remix). This remix was rumored to have been created for the single ‘Diesel Power’ and was produced in Liam’s newly established studio, also named Dirtchamber. For more details on this remix, please read our previous article – theprodi.gy/dieselpower

But despite the lack of any official releases, the band managed to win Best Dance Act at the 1998 MTV Award.

Funny moment, Liam himself was unequivocal about the results of his work during the year: “We haven’t done fuck all this year, we don’t deserve it… but thanks anyway!”

The band’s continuous touring schedule, which began in mid-’97, contributed to the lack of new material and releases during ’98. Once in interview, Liam mentioned about 5 new tracks, that he planned to release as EP. This approach was supposed to help create and release music faster than full-format albums. But as you know, nothing of the kind was ever released in ’98 or ’99. The only thing that was updated in ’98 was the live show.

New stage decoration and backdrop

At the beginning of June, the band took a short break from their tour and returned with a refreshed program. One noticeable change was the replacement of the classic backdrop featuring designs from the ‘The Fat of the Land’ album booklet with street graffiti. The graffiti was not a factory print but actual authentic artwork created by Jim Murray and Jason Brashill, who were part of the same old-school hip-hop/graffiti scene that included members of Cut2Kill, Liam’s first musical project before The Prodigy. You can read more about in our special article – theprodi.gy/cut2kill
25×50 foot canvas backdrop for The Prodigy (1998-1999). Completed in spraypaint by Jim Murray and Jason Brashill.
Captured by STEAM156 via Flickr.

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Liam Howlett for Martin James: “That whole old skool thing really fucks me off you know. With me, I never hung out with Afrika Bambaataa in the Bronx and shit, but I was into it at a young age. I know the music, I know the breaks. The revival is just people who don’t know more than phat laces and Run DMC. To me it was just shit, all of these house DJ’s suddenly saying they were into hip-hop. Most of those DJ’s aren’t fit to tie phat laces let alone wear ‘em, you know what I mean? If Pete Tong dropped an old skool mix he’d use Rob Base, Run DMC’s ‘Walk this Way’. You know, all of the tunes that were actually crap but people who wanted to seem like they were down, would always be into them. Whenever people talk about old skool they always say Run DMC’s ‘Walk This Way’ or that Jason Nevins shit. They never talk about the cool tunes they did.
People don’t understand that just because you use a break or stick some breakdancing in the video doesn’t make you old skool. The mainstream don’t understand that being a B-boy means knowing all about your roots, or you simply don’t get the respect. And putting a crap house beat to an old skool track doesn’t make you old skool, just stupid. And like I said, it just annoys me when people use breaking in their videos for extra cred.
Of course we did use breakdancers in our live shows that year, but not because we wanted to seem old skool, because I think that would be wrong. But as a mark of respect to these crews who are happening around the country. Those people we used were mates of mine, Evo, Tuff Tim and some of their friends. I reckon they’re the best breakers in the country.”

B-Boys crew on a backstage in Brixton before The Prodigy gig. Photo: Brian Sharp

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During that time, it can be said that the band was at the peak of their success, and many fans eagerly anticipated the continuation of their beloved sound. However, to the disappointment of many, only a couple of live tracks were presented during that period. The only things not mentioned before are the “two-times” performance of the Ghost Town cover, which you can read about here – theprodi.gy/ghosttown and an “outro” show, which also included a loop of another Run DMC track:

    Sample: vocals (‘it’s like that y’all, and we don’t stop the body rock’) & instrumental
    Sample source: Run-DMC – Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4) (Live At Hollis Park ’84) [Can You Rock It Like This, 1985]
    Note: Played as an outro from 1998 to 1999.

It’s worth mentioning that the resurgence of the old skool style in the mainstream was reflected in Liam’s works, not only through a couple of new tracks for live performances but also in the recording of a legendary mixtape for The Breezeblock show, which aired on BBC in the same year. It would be more accurate to say that the main response to that wave was the mixtape, which consumed all of Liam’s free time, leaving no time to work on new tracks for The Prodigy. However, we will provide more details about it in our upcoming special article dedicated to the anniversary of ‘The Breezeblock’ airing with Liam’s mix.

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OPEN COMMENTS | 2 thoughts on • #FAT25 · LIVE 1998: Rock’n’Roll · Beats
  1. nobodie says:

    Good stuff, thanks for the rechamber.

    • nobodie says:

      I also think 112 demo sounds like it could belong on fat. And at the same time not …

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