Remember “Firestarter” (single, 1996), “Breathe” and the controversial “Smack My Bitch Up”? Yep, 1997… the year electronic music — electronica as they called it then — was supposed to break massive into the mainstream. Big beat was leading the charge with groups like Prodigy, the Chemical Brothers, and Fluke. Well, the Prodigy’s The Fat of the Land did as advertised, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and selling 10 million albums after 18 months.
But then everything just kinda died when Radiohead came along and stole the show with a little record called OK Computer. So things moved and and popular music became littered with a landscape of Radiohead wannabes instead of flame-headed punky vocalists dancing to a massive beat. Couldn’t we have had both? Might’ve been fun for a few year.
Now, XL is preparing to release the 15th anniversary edition of this classic “electronica” (ahem) album. December 4th will see the release of the original double LP, deluxe double CD and deluxe digital edition. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition release will feature additional remixes from Noisia, Alvin Risk, Zeds Dead, Major Lazer, Bauuer, and the Glitch Mob.
All will be found at XL online along with a series of other amazing re-issues.