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.

Incidental information:
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

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLT-17 The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl, Sti) XL Recordings XLT-17 UK 1991 Sell This Version
XLXV 1501 The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(12", EP, Ltd, RE, 15t) XL Recordings XLXV 1501 UK 2004 Sell This Version
XLXV 1501 The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(12", EP, W/Lbl) XL Recordings XLXV 1501 UK 2004 Sell This Version
none The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(CDr, EP, Ltd, Promo, Unofficial) Techno Planet none Ukraine 2008 Sell This Version
XLXV1501DL The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(4xFile, MP3, EP, Ltd, 256) XL Recordings XLXV1501DL UK 2004


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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


March 5, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
This record probably has changed my life - it was after The Fat of the land etc. I discovered their music once again from other side...I wish I wasn't 2 years old in 1991 or have a time machine to travel to early 90's raves :-) My friend gave on my b-day an original release it was a f-king best present ever. It does still sound great!


August 6, 2014
The best days of Prodigy,


August 30, 2012
Hmm I wonder what version I got. Runout says Damont and xlt17. Barcode: 5 012093 501765. Sleeve is plain black.


November 17, 2011
Liam originally offered this tune to Tam Tam Records. As Liam had previously been in Cut 2 Kill, who had signed a deal with Tam Tam, he decided to offer it to them. They refused, and XL snapped it up instead.


November 4, 2011
This is by far and away THE best Prodigy release,every tune is an absolutely belting floorfiller. Me and Jason ripped Glasgow dancefloors with this back in the early 90's and it still does the damage today.


June 28, 2007
edited over 9 years ago

No promotional copies of What Evil Lurks were released by XL-Recordings on either vinyl or CD. Only ten acetate white label 12 inches were pressed to promote this single.


May 20, 2005
edited over 11 years ago

Aye, bit of a groundbreaker this one, although not that great it somehow managed to carve out a niche for Liam Howlet. I think they timed his next release perfectly, so as to catch whatever this first one had managed to do. Personally i think it caught the people who were getting bored with the way the scene was becoming overground, The Prodigy grabbed the scene Altern-8 had managed to stem, that almost comical but hard edged approach to hardcore and the whole drugs culture. And for the record (no pun inteneded) i had the original promo of this with photocopied press release inside, god knows whose got it now, prolly up in Nottingham with DJ Dizzy.