The Prodigy Change Controversial Lyrics To Hit Song

The Prodigy Change Controversial Lyrics To Hit Song
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English rave/techno band The Prodigy released their most well-known album, “The Fat of the Land,” in 1997. The critically-acclaimed record sold more than 10 million copies as of 2019, topping both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. 

The album featured three hit singles — “Firestarter,” “Breathe,” and “Smack My B*tch Up.” The latter sparked controversy over its lyrics and title, however the band insisted that the song’s true interpretation is about “doing anything intensely.” 

The song has been outlawed on a number of TV and radio stations, and the record was pulled from a number of shelves around the time of its release. Until recently the band refused to change the content of “Smack My B*tch Up” for its live shows.

The Independent has reported, however, that the band’s current lead singer, Maxim, has started to skip the song’s title and instead repeats the phrase “change my pitch up.” “Smack My B*tch Up” was also once voted the most controversial song of all time. The vocals are actually sampled and altered from the Ultramagnetic MCs song “Give the Drummer Some.”

The band’s former lead vocalist, Keith Flint, passed away as result of suicide in 2019.

“At the end of the day,” Flint previously told Rolling Stone of “Smack My B*tch Up”, “the girls who come to our shows are hardcore girls, and they don’t look at it as that. If some girl in an A-line flowery dress decides there’s some band somewhere singing about smashing b*tches up, let’s get a bit militant. They don’t know us. They never know us. They never will.”

The censored version of the song can be heard below. 

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