The Prodigy ‎– What Evil Lurks

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


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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 16) 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
none The Prodigy What Evil Lurks(4xFile, AAC, EP) XL Recordings none Unknown


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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


March 5, 2015
edited over 3 years 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.