Fatboy Slim ‎– Better Living Through Chemistry

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Track 4 includes uncredited keyboard riff sample from "Loran's Dance" by Idris Muhammad and harmonica sample from "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath.

℗ & © 1996 Skint Records.
Distributed by 3MV/Vital & EFA for G.A.S. Territory

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 025425 505225 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5025425505225
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L502
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8724
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8702
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 8717
  • Matrix / Runout: DISCTRONICS S BRASSIC 2 CD 01

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
710739 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Trema 710739 France 1996 Sell This Version
491490 2 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint 491490 2 South Korea 1999 Sell This Version
BRASSIC 2LP Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2x12", Album) Skint BRASSIC 2LP UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
491490 2 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(CD, Album) Skint 491490 2 Asia 1998 Sell This Version
SKI 491490 1 Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry(2xLP, Album) Skint SKI 491490 1 Europe 1996 Sell This Version


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September 21, 2016
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


November 5, 2009
edited over 9 years ago
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"...


August 19, 2003
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...


June 13, 2002
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.


October 7, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
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!