The Prodigy ‎– What Evil Lurks

XL Recordings ‎– XLT-17, XL Recordings ‎– XLT 17
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP


A1 What Evil Lurks 4:23
A2 We Gonna Rock 4:34
B1 Android 5:03
B2 Everybody In The Place 3:27

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Copyright Control
℗© XL-Recordings 1991
Made in England

Track A1 samples:
Dialogue from radio series The Shadow
Vocal from West Street Mob - Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie
Vocal from Ultramagnetic MCs - A Chorus Line
Horn from Madness - Night Boat To Cairo

Track A2 samples:
Vocal from LL Cool J - El Shabazz

Track B1 samples:
Vocal from Kool G Rap DJ Polo - Road To Riches
Vocal grunt from Big Daddy Kane - Big Daddy's Theme
Vocal from Circuit ft. Koffi - Shelter Me (Helter Skelter Mix)

Track B2 Samples:
Vocal from M.C. Duke & Merlin - Freestyle Part 2.

Packaged in a generic die-cut XL-Recordings silver and black sleeve.
Some copies have a sleeve sticker announcing the artist and tracklisting.
Also some copies comes with a press sheet.
Approximately 7000 copies pressed.

There has also been an official reissue XLXV 1501.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 012093 501765
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 1)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT C
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 1)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT C
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 2)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT H
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 2)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT H
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 3)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT A
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 3)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT A

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLXV 1501 The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(12", EP, Ltd, RE, 15t) XL Recordings XLXV 1501 UK 2004 Sell This Version
XLT-17 The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl, Sti) XL Recordings XLT-17 UK 1991 Sell This Version
none The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(4xFile, AAC, EP) XL Recordings none Unknown
XLXV1501DL The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(4xFile, MP3, EP, Ltd, 256) XL Recordings XLXV1501DL UK 2004
Sonic.011 Prodigy* Music For The Voodoo People(CD, EP, Unofficial) Sonic Book Sonic.011 Italy 1998 Sell This Version


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June 1, 2020
Even at the back end of 1991 DJs where searching high and low for this one, changing hands in the clubs for £40-£50
I was lucky enough to have 2 copies at the time and swapped one for 6 other records !


December 5, 2019
i have one... 8709912
xl recording 1991
i hope that can help you....


October 3, 2019
edited 8 months ago

my copy has a phone number of 870-7511 (same as on the press release). everything else looks as per description for this release.
anyone know anything or also have this?
best prodigy release by far imho!


March 4, 2019
Today Keith Flint passed away. RIP to the original fire starter.


January 9, 2019
The syncopated bass line of What Evil Lurks is just amazing. Such a vital building block of The Prodigy's sound. Liam Howlett is a funk genius!


February 19, 2018
What Evil Lurks. Starts off well with the breakbeat and vocal sample but the bass line is annoying.
Android is an amazing stomper of a beat!
Everybody In The Place dancefloor killer.
We Gonna Rock! OMFG what a heavy track for 1991!


April 5, 2017
Was gutted when this got a reissue in 2004 and knocked about 500 quid off my original pressing's value. Was definitely the jewel in my prodigy collection back in the day when imho the Prodigy were still credible i.e. before all their current pop-punk nonsense.


August 7, 2016
Be careful when buying this because 'Hard to find' records booted it along with lots of others such as Expose - Tell me why & CeCe Rogers - Someday. I think the way to tell is the matrix in the run out wax starts with 'HTF' but the records themselves look identical


October 28, 2015
Incidentally, this guy reckons he has the original Roland W30 that Liam made this with.
Check it out /watch?v=JjV849t1nMs