The Fat of the Land - Expanded Edition
Label: XL Recordings
The controversial (and fantastic) "Smack My Bitch Up" opens this storming set of electronic music that became a staple for the rockers and ravers of the late '90s; this is hardcore dance music for the hardcore punk. Released in 1997, The Fat of the Land was a massive hit for the English group, who snuck in samples from Ultramagnetic MCs to Beastie Boys to The Breeders, while mixing sharp-edged synths with gut-punching beats and sneering shouts into a tasty brew too evil to resist. This expanded edition celebrates the album's 15th anniversary with six new remixes, though none top the originals.