The Prodigy's debut album Experience was released 30 years ago this week. It only seems like yesterday!
Which is nonsense. 30 years is flipping ages ago. Shrews tend to live for less than 12 months. 30 years is over 30 full shrew generations. In human years, this means Experience came out during the reign of Julius Caesar. I hope you're following me on this.
I'm not sure Experience did much to separate the Prodigy from the xylophone-clonking mass of novelty ravers at the time. Their transformation into aggressive firestarters was some years down the line. But Charly pouncing into the top ten in summer 1991 was quite the landmark moment.
The best thing about that album is it's daft. Look at the lyrics. "Feel the bass come down on me baby… Give me a number one, give me a number two.. . I take your brain to another dimension, pay close attention."
And whatever that cartoon cat was miaowing about. The boy tells us he was mewling road safety messages. I'm not convinced. Personally, I think Little Johnny 2D-face was gaslighting that poor cat. Let it dance into the road, you monster. Let it high five the cats eyes.
This was originally meant to be a deep analysis of Experience, track by track, with 3,000-word essays and everything. However, I'm too busy listening to the new Bjork album to, er, pay close attention. Let's just say it's a classic that sounds as wild now as it ever did. Even better, actually, now we can consider Experience without the shadow of Jilted Generation, Fat Of The Land and all the chart-topping tomfoolery that came along with them.
Let's finish this with some Amazon reviews of Experience. Really pay tribute to a great album.
the album i received is absolutely shocking quality it jumps on every track, such a shame - one star
Record just doesn’t work, keeps skipping and jumping. Not pleased with this product - one star
I ordered it twice and both times the records jumped! Very disappointed - one star
The record arrived warped and not even close to being level. It wobbles on our record player - one star
Ordered Prodigy - Experience.... received Jimi Hendrix album. Rubbish - one star
Oh. Erm. Oops.