Fatboy Slim ‎– Better Living Through Chemistry

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Song For Lindy 4:49
Santa Cruz 7:29
Going Out Of My Head 5:14
The Weekend Starts Here 6:40
Everybody Needs A 303 5:48
Give The Po' Man A Break 5:52
10th And Crenshaw 4:19
First Down 6:17
Punk To Funk 4:58
The Sound Of Milwaukee 6:16

Versions (21)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BRASSIC 2CD Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint BRASSIC 2CD UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
none Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry (Cass, Album, Unofficial) Indigo Music none 1996 Sell This Version
BRASSIC 2LP Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2x12", Album) Skint BRASSIC 2LP UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ASW6203 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP) Astralwerks ASW6203 US 1996 Sell This Version
SKI 491490 1 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Album) Skint SKI 491490 1 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
710 739 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Trema 710 739 France 1996 Sell This Version
BRASSIC 2CD Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint BRASSIC 2CD Australia 1996 Sell This Version
BRASSIC 2CD Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album, Unofficial) Skint (2) BRASSIC 2CD Bulgaria 1996 Sell This Version
ASW 6203-1 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Album) Astralwerks ASW 6203-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
EDP52562, 0052562EDP Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Edelpitch AB, Edelpitch AB EDP52562, 0052562EDP Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
V2 66203 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Astralwerks V2 66203 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
ASW 6203 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Astralwerks ASW 6203 US 1997 Sell This Version
ASW 6203 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album, Promo, Adv) Astralwerks ASW 6203 US 1997 Sell This Version
491490 2 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint 491490 2 Asia 1998 Sell This Version
ESCA 7325 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint ESCA 7325 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
SKI 491490 2, 01-491490-10 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint, Skint SKI 491490 2, 01-491490-10 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
SKI 491490 4 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(Cass) Skint SKI 491490 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
82876848872 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876848872 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
MOVLP111 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Album, RE) Music On Vinyl MOVLP111 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Brassic 2LP Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Album, RE) Skint Brassic 2LP Europe 2015 Sell This Version
B01J5QAO82 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Ltd, RE) Skint B01J5QAO82 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

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DJMRST

DJMRST

September 21, 2016
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, CD, Album, BRASSIC 2CD
Need to say that Idris Muhammad's "Loran's Dance" was (first?) used earlier by the Beastie Boys for "To All The Girls" on the "Paul's Boutique" album. That was in 1989, 6 years before Jestofunk. Best regards DJMRST
Jooles

Jooles

November 5, 2009
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, CD, Album, BRASSIC 2CD
A trainspotter-correction is required to my previous comment about the origins of the main sample used for Track 4 "The Weekend Starts Here". Our friends at Whosampled.com have come up with the original source, which dates way back to 1974 and Idris Muhammad's "Loran's Dance". I guess Jestofunk's "Fluid" can take some credit for using the sample first.
Oh, and the harmonica loop is taken from Black Sabbath's "The Wizard"...
Apeman

Apeman

September 9, 2007
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, 2x12", Album, BRASSIC 2LP
This is Norman Cook's first album as the infamous Fatboy Slim, and possibly could also be his best. The album begins on a high with 'Song For Lindy', a funky piece of breakbeat, that can be played for all sorts of occasions, and possibly his greatest tune. There are also more commercial numbers such as 'Going Out Of My Head', that samples a Yvonne Elliman cover of The Who's 'I Can't Explain', in full effect.

There are also classic Big Beat songs too such as the siren-laden '10th and Crenshaw', The wah-wah rock-and-roll of 'The Sound Of Milwaukee', The absolute classic 'Everybody Needs a 303' that has not aged a bit. It also has a couple of slowies like 'Santa Cruz' and 'The Weekend Starts Here', that perfectly gives the album more variation.

Overall, this is the Big Beat movement at it's peek, and the lack of guest spots, crossover potential and profanity (In Heaven and Star 69, anyone?), make this album a timeless, and somehow underrated classic. This Rocks!

PS: On the vinyl release, the bonus track 'Crenshaw Siren Beats' is a reprise of track A2.
Jooles

Jooles

August 19, 2003
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, CD, Album, BRASSIC 2CD
On track 4, <i>The Weekend Starts Here</i>, Mr Cook cheekily fails to give any credit whatsoever in the sleeve notes to the very heavily sampling of <a href="http://www.discogs.com/release/68677">Jestofunk's "Fluid" (track 3 on <i>Love In A Black Dimension</i></a>.

In fact, having done a bit of searching on the web, it seems that very few people are even aware of this sample.

I'd say <i>The Weekend...</i> sounds almost the same as <i>Fluid</i>. (As if Jestofunk asked Fatboy to remix it for them, and he came up with <i>The Weekend...</i> The deep synth melody is blatantly stolen, and I'm really surprised this doesn't seem to be more common knowledge...
Vezatron

Vezatron

June 13, 2002
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, CD, Album, BRASSIC 2CD
This album helped set my sights on the deeper and more sophisticated world of electronic music. Until this time I was still listening to many various things, FSOL, Chemical Brothers, Atari Teenage Riot, etc. This album taught me a thing or two about well crafted deep techno (big beat). It is Cook's best album, and had a "real" sound to it, as opposed to today's dance floor friendly yucky stuff.
TheDude

TheDude

October 7, 2001
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Better Living Through Chemistry, CD, Album, BRASSIC 2CD
This is what got me started all those years ago in the world of electronica. At the time Daft Punk was too underground for me and Prodigy was too mainstream. I found this CD to be the first to make me want to dance. Santa Cruz and The Weekend Starts Here are two of the best road trip songs. Produced before the Big Beat sound was exploited, this is the true sound of Big Beat. Norman Cook took what Filla Brazillia was doing on there upbeat albums and added some serious funk. If you like the newer Fatboy sound, but want something a little more funk and soul to it it's worth your while to check this out!